This was one of those times I tried something new and managed to bake it perfectly! I always get the feeling that a new recipe I try might fail for any number of reasons, whether the oven isn't working correctly, or I added the ingredients in the wrong order etc but these cinnamon buns were so easy to make and even though it took some time overall (if you account for the proving of the dough) it was totally worth it! My sister told me a few days ago that winter is coming in Cape Town (I have yet to see it) and I should make something warm and comforting to eat, and this hit the spot perfectly! If you like donuts and other similar pastries then this recipe is one you have to try!
Recipe: Cinnamon buns
250ml full-cream milk
90ml sunflower oil
325g cake flour
1/3 teaspoon salt
90g butter, softened
22.5g ground cinnamon
5ml vanilla essence
62g seedless raisins
125g icing sugar
1 vanilla bean pod
Heat the milk and oil in a pan, but don't let the milk boil
Remove from the heat, and it cool for a bit
Put the dry ingredients including the yeast into a mixer, and with a dough whisk slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry.
Cover and leave the dough to rise for an hour
After this, knead the dough with some flour so as to not let it stick to the surface.
Roll the dough into a rectangle and leave it about 1,5cm thick.
Beat together the filling ingredients, and spread evenly over the dough.
Roll the dough into a tight log, and cut into 2cm rounds.
Pack tightly into a round or square oven proof tin and let rise again for a30 minutes.
Thereafter, bake the buns in the oven at 180 degrees for about 35 minutes, or until golden brown.
As soon as the buns come out drizzle the the icing over the buns (combine all ingredients together and whisk).