Cinnamon rolls recipe

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serves: 12
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 30 min
Cooking: 20 min

Nutrition per portion

Calories 320 kCal 16%
Fat 17g 24%
  -  Saturates 10g 50%
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  • Cinnamon rolls are a sweet and sticky bake that originate from Scandinavia. In Sweden you’ll find people tucking into these irresistible, lightly spiced buns as part of Fika, a traditional coffee and cake break. Cinnamon rolls are made using a yeasted dough, and filled with a sweet, buttery filling that has a warming spiced flavour. In America, you often find cinnamon rolls that are topped with icing, but traditional Scandinavian cinnamon rolls are simply glazed with milk before baking.


    • 550g strong bread flour
    • 3tbsp caster sugar
    • 1tsp salt
    • 1tsp cardamom, pods discarded and seeds finely ground
    • 1 sachet fast-action yeast
    • zest of 1 lemon
    • 275ml milk
    • 75g butter
    • 1 egg, beaten
    • For the filling:
    • 180g butter, softened
    • 75g light brown sugar
    • 2tbsp cinnamon
    • 1tbsp vanilla paste
    • milk, for brushing


    • To make the dough, put the flour, sugar, salt, ground cardamom seeds, yeast and lemon zest into a large bowl and mix together. Heat the milk and butter in a small pan until the butter has melted, then set aside to cool to lukewarm. Pour in the milk mixture and egg to the flour mixture, gradually, mixing with a dough hook or with your hands to form a sticky dough. Knead for 10-15 mins until the dough is soft and elastic. Leave to stand, covered with clingfilm, in a large bowl for 30-45 mins.

    • Mix the ingredients for the filling together well. Then roll out the dough on a lightly floured work surface to 40cm x 25cm. Spread the filling evenly over the dough. Starting from the longer edge, roll up the dough to make a log shape. Gently press together. Cut 12-14 rounds.

    • Put each bun on to a large 28cm cast-iron pan, or baking sheet, about 2cm apart. Cover lightly with a piece of clingfilm and set aside until risen and puffy (about 45-90 mins, depending on the room temperature). Heat the oven to 180°C. When ready to bake, brush the buns with a little milk. Bake for 15-20 mins or until golden brown.

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