Tea-infused banana and walnut cinnamon buns — nutmegs, seven

They were always going to be buns, though, really. Quick homemade cinnamon roll recipe ‘Cinnamon rolls’ sounds a bit too American for me, and fails to capture the sacred essence of this coveted baked good. Quick cinnamon roll recipe no yeast ‘Bun’ has a squat, Anglo-Saxon sturdiness to it that ‘roll’ can never match.


Easy cinnamon rolls recipe from scratch Buns are what I used to make with my mother for school events; they have an unpretentious substantiality that the fancy cupcake, with its airy graces and unnecessary adornments, can never hope to attain. Easy homemade cinnamon rolls without yeast You know where you are with buns; no surprises, just honest, old-fashioned gluttony.

Plus, I got to make lots of ‘bun in the oven’ jokes when these buns were quite literally in the oven.

You will like my buns. Easy cinnamon rolls from scratch Just wait until you hear all about them.

I was recently chosen to be a tea rep (that’s one dream job down; I await my appointment as Worldwide Scone Tester any day now) for Bluebird, one of my favourite tea companies. Cinnamon roll recipe without yeast or milk A gigantic box of tea found its way to my office last week, including their ridiculously exciting pancake-themed tea trio: Blueberry Pancakes, Maple Syrup + Bacon Pancakes, and Banana + Peanut Butter Pancakes. Cinnamon rolls recipe without yeast and eggs The latter, a blend of rooibos, dried banana, caramelised hazelnut and natural flavouring, smelled like a sweet shop in a packet and was immediately my top contender for experimenting with in the kitchen. Easy cinnamon roll recipe bisquick It has a powerful caramel aroma with the butterscotch sweetness of banana, underpinned by the slightly toffee-scented notes of rooibos, and infuses into a golden cup of sweet warmth. Easy cinnamon roll recipe puff pastry It was the perfect base for these buns, a decadent hymn to sugar and banana baked goods.

I infused the milk for this soft dough with the Banana + Peanut Butter tea, which turned it a beautiful golden colour and gave it an intense caramel flavour (incidentally, this would also make a fabulous bedtime drink if you’re so inclined; the tea itself is decaf). Homemade cinnamon rolls without yeast or buttermilk A little maple syrup, melted butter and nutmeg added richness and warmth, and then I swirled the whole lot around a classic cinnamon bun filling: soft butter, liberal amounts of treacly dark brown sugar, ground cinnamon, all slathered over the dough in a molten dark pool. How to make cinnamon roll icing without powdered sugar Crumbled toasted walnuts in the filling for texture, and to complement the nutty notes of the tea, but pecans or hazelnuts would also have been fabulous. Cinnamon roll frosting without powdered sugar These bake to towers of spiralling golden perfection, sending mingled aromas of caramel, nuts, cinnamon and sweet banana through your kitchen. Cinnamon roll icing powdered sugar They are, quite simply, the best cinnamon buns I have ever made.

To top it all off, though, I made a simple icing infused with more of that tea. Make cinnamon roll icing without powdered sugar THAT tea. How to make cinnamon roll icing with powdered sugar Drizzled sparingly over the buns, it adds another sticky-sweet butterscotch note and soaks into the crevices of the dough in a way that makes pulling the folds of fluffy, freshly-baked bun apart an almost spiritual experience.

I hasten to add that although they may sound sickly-sweet, there is hardly any sugar in the dough to offset the stickiness of the filling and icing, and the tea adds a depth of flavour that helps to balance the rest. Cinnamon roll recipe pillsbury biscuits So don’t be put off. Healthy cinnamon rolls recipe Incidentally, if you can’t get your hands on the Banana + Peanut Butter tea, many other teas will work well here: Earl Grey, plain black tea, plain or flavoured rooibos tea; you are limited only by your imagination. Apple cinnamon rolls recipe no yeast Bluebird also do a fantastic rooibos-based Gingerbread Chai which I think would also be wonderful here.

These are a wonderful way to experiment with using tea in recipes. Healthy cinnamon roll recipe without yeast You can even prep them the night before and bake in the morning for breakfast (complete the recipe up to the stage where you have arranged the buns on the baking tray, then put in the fridge to rise slowly overnight before baking from chilled in the morning). Easy homemade cinnamon roll recipe without yeast Anyone in your house with a nose will thank you.

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• 1 tbsp Banana + Peanut Butter tea from Bluebird Tea Co., or other loose-leaf tea of your choice

• 25g fresh yeast, crumbled, or 2 tsp fast-action dried yeast

• 1 tsp Banana + Peanut Butter tea from Bluebird Tea Co., or other loose-leaf tea of your choice

First, make the dough. Quick and easy cinnamon roll recipe Put the milk in a small saucepan and bring to the boil, then turn off the heat. Quick cinnamon roll icing recipe Add the tea and stir well to combine. Best cinnamon roll recipe ever Leave to cool to body temperature, then strain the milk (discard the tea leaves) and combine in a bowl with the yeast and half the flour (I do this in an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook). Best cinnamon roll recipe no yeast Set aside for 2 hours until the mixture has grown in size and is bubbly and frothy.

Add the mashed banana, melted butter, maple syrup, nutmeg and salt to the mixture, then sift in the rest of the flour and knead for 10 minutes, using a mixer or your hands, until the dough is soft and elastic. Best cinnamon roll recipe cinnabon It is quite a sticky dough, but persevere (oiling your hands and the worktop may help). Best cinnamon roll recipe with yeast Leave to rise in the bowl, covered with a clean tea towel, until doubled in size – around 1-2 hours.

Meanwhile, prepare the filling. Best cinnamon roll recipe without yeast Beat together the butter, sugar and cinnamon with a wooden spoon until soft and spreadable. Best cinnamon roll recipe alton brown Set aside. Quick homemade cinnamon rolls without yeast Grease a large baking tray with butter.

When the dough has risen, roll it out on a work surface to around 1cm thick – you should have a rectangle around 40 x 30 cm, with the longest side facing you horizontally. Cinnamon roll recipe gooey Spread the butter and cinnamon mixture all over the dough using a spatula, then scatter over the walnuts. Easy cinnamon roll icing recipe Roll the dough tightly up around the filling, starting from the long side nearest you, as you would a Swiss roll.

With a sharp knife, slice the roll into ten equal pieces widthways. Homemade cinnamon rolls recipe Place these, swirl side up, on the greased baking tray with a gap of 1-2 inches between each one. Simple homemade cinnamon rolls recipe Leave to rise until almost doubled in size and the rolls are touching one another.

Pre-heat the oven to 180C. Fast easy cinnamon rolls recipe Bake the rolls for 20-25 minutes until risen and golden. Easy homemade cinnamon buns recipe Leave to cool.

For the icing, infuse the tea in the boiling water and leave to cool. Homemade cinnamon rolls recipe no yeast Strain and discard the tea leaves. Fluffy homemade cinnamon rolls recipe Put the icing sugar in a small bowl then gradually add the cold tea, a little at a time, whisking constantly until you have an icing that is just thick enough to drizzle over the buns (you may not need all the tea). Best fluffy cinnamon rolls recipe Use a teaspoon to drizzle it over the cooled buns, then eat immediately.

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