England has greeted us with (surprisingly) sunny weather. but even though it was sunny, it was still chilly. forget tropical sun, time to get used to winter again. the weather instantly put me in the mood for cinnamon. nothing better on a chilly or rainy day than the smell of freshly baked cinnamon swirls. wish i wasn’t so tired now and had the energy to bake those. well, hope you’ll enjoy the recipe ^^
COMFORTING CINNAMON SWIRLS
7g dried yeast
1/2 cup lukewarm water
1/2 cup slightly warm milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter
1 tsp salt
3 and 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup melted butter
3/4 cup sugar
3 tbsp cinnamon
raisins, walnuts or pecans (optional)
4 tbsp butter
2 cups icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
4-5 tbsp hot water
HOW TO MAKE?
1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
2. Dissolve the yeast in water and set aside. In a large bowl mix together milk, sugar, melted butter, salt and egg. Add 2 cups of flour and mix well, until smooth. I recommend using a whisk or an electric mixer. Add yeast mixture.
3. Mix in the remaining flour. You can add the mixture onto the pastry board sprinkled with some flour. Knead the dough until it doesn’t stick to your hands anymore. If you think the dough is too loose, add some more flour.
4. Place the dough in a bowl greased with oil and cover it with a cloth. Set aside for about an hour or until it doubles in size.
5. After that time, punch the dough down. Give the dough a few proper punches to get rid of any unnecessary air bubbles inside. Roll the dough out on a pastry board sprinkled with flour. You should try to give it a shape of a 40 by 20cm rectangle. Spread melted butter over the dough and sprinkle it with cinnamon mixed with sugar. Add pecans, walnuts or raisins if you like.
6. Beginning at the longer side, roll up the dough. Cut into 13-15 slices.
7. Prepare a round baking tin. Grease it with butter and sprinkle with some sugar. Place cinnamon swirl slices at the bottom of the tin, fitting them closely together. Set aside and let the dough rise again, until it doubles in size. May take up to 45 minutes.
8. Bake for about 30 minutes or until they’re golden brown.
9. When the cinnamon swirls are in the oven, prepare the glaze. Mix butter, icing sugar and vanilla in a small bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of hot water at a time, and keep mixing the water in until you’ll get a nice, thick but runny consistency.
10. Wait until the cinnamon swirls cool down a little and then spread the glaze over them.