If your a arts & crafts lover or know someone who is, you’ll likely to have heard of Hobby Crafts… right? well I’m someone who has been a art enthusiast ever since I could hold a paint brush in my hands (literally) which meant I spent a lot of my time forever pulling my mum into their stores when I was younger.
Recently, time came to haunt my mum when Hobby Craft opened literally 2 minutes away from my house, which only meant one thing… I had to go and have a nosy around. I must have looked so eager as i was first in and let me tell you, it didn’t disappoint with the goods. Yes, it had endless arts & crafts BUT the best part about it was, this new store had opened a section dedicated to baking. It’s like this store was sent directly for me?
So after spending way too much time going up and down the baking isles, finding baking treasures which I’d not even seen in Lakeland’s, I came across a section called “Baking Kits”. This section then lead me too the “Iced Cinnamon Bun’s Baking Kit” and this is a bun I’ve wanted to try for the longest time. I’ve heard so many Americans on TV, YouTube, Instagram & on most social media platforms saying how amazing theses buns are, which makes my mouth salivate. This then of course lead me to buying the kit to give them a whirl myself.
Despite the fact I can’t actually eat these buns myself, I thought I’d bake them anyway and just indulge on the smell. Although, i didn’t think it was fair making them for my family and not sharing the recipe with you guys! I wanted to add quickly before I share with you what to do, that I have changed a bit of the brands “how to method” as parts I didn’t quite agree with whilst others I just wanted to add my own little twists here and there on and as you can see, my buns have come out perfectly so let’s get cooking;
Prep & Cook Time:
It should only take around 20 minutes too prep.
60-90 minutes for the dough to rise.
Finally, 15-18 minutes too cook.
In The Kit:
In this kit there’s; premium dry ingredients in the exact amounts needed,
Step-by-step recipe/instructions (not that you’ll need it after me writing this up),
2 foil baking trays,
All you need to add to this pre-made kit is; 145g of butter and 225ml of milk
How To Make Iced Cinnamon Buns:
- Firstly, gather together the other ingredients you need and prepare what you need from the kit so your ready to get baking!
- Secondly, rub together the flour, salt (which is in bag one) and 65g of butter until the mixture resembles fine bread crumbs.
- Next, add 225ml of luke warm milk and the yeast (which is in bag two) and the caster sugar (which is in bag three) then continue to mix together until a dough is formed.
- Knead the dough for a good 5-10 minutes, then leave the dough to rise for around 60-90 minutes, until it’s doubled in size.
- Once the dough has risen, sprinkle some flour over your work surface and roll the dough into a 40x25cm rectangle and then spread the rest of the 60g of soft butter over it.
- Sprinkle with dark muscovado sugar, cinnamon (which is in bag four) then roll the dough up lengthways. I personally would try and roll the dough on some parchment paper if you can as it can be difficult to roll, especially if the dough sticks to the surface.
- Now, cut the rolled up dough into 12-14 slices, then carefully arrange into the lightly greased foiled trays. You can place them close together in the trays, the dough will still rise.
- Leave again to rise for around 20-30 minutes whilst your preheating your oven to 180 Degrees / Gas Mark 4 / 160 Fan.
- Once the buns have finished rising again, brush them with a little milk and bake for around 15-18 minutes or until golden.
- Whilst your buns are cooking, mix 25-40g of butter (depending on how much icing you want on your buns) with the icing sugar (which is in bag five, plus some extra of your own if you have any spare and need it) and 2 tablespoons of milk to make a thick white icing.
- Finally, when those cinnamon buns have baked through, spread your white icing over them whilst there still hot. Hmmmm.
That’s your Iced Cinnamon Buns, prepared, raised, cooked and iced all ready for you to dive into!
Have you tried a Cinnamon Bun before? If so, did these buns made from my recipe today compare to the one you’ve tried before elsewhere? Did you try them in America? I’d love you to comment below or let me know on my social media’s your thoughts and answers! If you didn’t know already, I’m a huge fan of @carlosbakery in New Jersey, America and his Cinnamon Buns look the Bee’s Knees so i truly would love to know your answers as I find it so interesting (plus I’m a little jealous).
I really hope you enjoyed reading today’s blogpost and it inspired you to go to your local Hobby Craft and get creative with their baking isle (or Lakeland if your Hobby Craft doesn’t have one). you wouldn’t really think this but baking is really therapeutic and has helped me a lot over the last couple of years!
Sending you tons of love & hugs as always,