Christmas Cinnamon Buns
 
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A simple twist on a classic cinnamon bun using holiday spices that smell like Christmas!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
Ingredients
Buns
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp instant yeast
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
Filling:
  • 1 cup maple sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 pinch ground clove
  • Maple syrup, for glazing
Instructions
  1. In a glass liquid measuring cup warm 1 cup of milk in the microwave for about 50 seconds --- not boiling, but not lukewarm. Add the sugar to the milk, stir and set aside.
  2. Using a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, or a large mixing bowl with a wooden spoon, mix the flour, yeast and salt. Add the eggs and milk mixture and mix very well until the dough starts to form.
  3. Gradually add the softened butter and knead the dough for about 5 minutes using the stand mixer, or by hand on a floured work surface until the dough will hold into the shape of a ball; it will be quite moist still.
  4. Transfer the dough to a clean, lightly oiled bowl and cover with a slightly damp cloth. Let stand in a *warm, humid place for about 15 minutes.
  5. When the 15 minutes has passed, roll out the dough on a well-floured surface (I like to use a big pastry mat), to form a 14 x 20" rectangle.
  6. Melt 2 tbsp butter in a microwave safe-dish & brush the dough with melted butter and set aside.
  7. In a bowl, combine the maple sugar and remaining spices; sprinkle over the buttered dough.
  8. Roll the dough tightly into a log about 20" long, and using a sharp knife, cut the log into 12 slices.
  9. Arrange the slices in a buttered 9 x 13" Pyrex baking dish, leaving space between each bun. Let rise uncovered in a *warm, humid spot until the buns are touching, about 1 hour - 90 minutes.
  10. With the rack in the middle position, preheat the oven to 350°F. Bake until the buns are golden, about 25 minutes.
  11. Glaze the warm buns with maple syrup.
Notes
*I like to set my oven on warm (or about 100ºF if you do not have a warm & hold setting) for about 10 minutes, turn it off and then place my dough in the oven with the door open.
Recipe by Nurse Loves Farmer at http://www.nurselovesfarmer.com/2015/11/christmas-cinnamon-buns/