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Cinnamon and maple syrup buns

Soft cinnamon buns, paired with cardamon and maple syrup, perfect any time of the day, but especially delicious for breakfast or accompanied by a coffee.
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Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Proving time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 12 rolls
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Here's what you'll need...

Ingredients you'll need...

Cinnamon and maple syrup rolls

  • 230 ml milk
  • 12 cardamom pods
  • 14 g fast acting yeast
  • 300 g strong white bread flour
  • 200 g plain flour (all purpose flour)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 100 g unsalted butter softened
  • 50 g golden caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 egg for egg wash (optional)

Cinnamon and maple syrup filling

  • 100 g unsalted butter softened
  • 100 g light soft brown sugar
  • 40 ml maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Cinnamon and maple syrup icing

  • 150 g icing sugar sifted
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoon milk
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

For topping

  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon demerara sugar (optional)

Here's what we do...

  • Gently smash your cardamom pods in a pestle and mortar to release the seeds.
  • Add the seeds and your milk to a small saucepan and heat until just before boiling point, so the milk is just nice and hot but not at boiling point.
  • Set aside and allow to infuse for 20 minutes.
  • Add both flours and your salt to a large bowl and rub in your softened butter, you can do this by hand or in a food processor.
  • Stir in your sugar.
  • Using a sieve, drain your milk to remove the cardamon seeds.
  • Reheat your milk mixture until hand hot and then stir in your yeast.
  • Beat together one full egg and one egg yolk.
  • Make a well in the centre of the flour and pour in the milk mixture and beaten eggs.
  • Mix together in a stand mixer with a dough hook on a medium setting for 2 minutes. Or knead by hand for 8 minutes.
  • Grease a large bowl with oil, add your kneaded dough and cover the bowl with a oiled piece of clingfilm.
  • Leave in a warm place to prove for 1½-2 hours or until doubled in size.

Adding your cinnamon and maple syrup filling

  • Grease your tin and line the base with greaseproof paper.
  • Lightly flour your worksurface.
  • After your dough has risen remove it from the bowl and gently knead by hand on your floured worksurface several times.
  • Roll out your dough to a 12x18 inch rectangle.
  • Beat all of your filling ingredients until smooth.
  • Spread the filling out onto you rolled out dough, making sure you get right to the edges.
  • From the shortest side, gently and tightly roll the dough up.
  • Using a sharp knife cut the roll into halves, then quarters, then each quarter into 3 segments (wiping your knife in between each cut so that it doesn't stick). This will give you 12 equal size rolls.
  • Add the rolls to the baking tin in 3 rolls of 4 (4 on the longest side), making sure they are equally spaced so they have room to expand whilst they prove.
  • Beat your egg and brush onto the top of the rolls.
  • Again cover with oiled cling film and leave to prove for 30-45 minutes, until they are all touching.
  • Heat your oven to 180°C/160°C Fan/350°F/Gas Mark 4
  • Bake in the middle of your oven for 20 minutes, until just golden.
  • Leave to cool in the tin.

Cinnamon and maple syrup icing

  • Add all of the ingredients to a bowl and beat until fully combined and smooth.
  • Drizzle your icing over your cooled cinnamon rolls by holding a dessertspoon full of icing high above the rolls and allowing it to drizzle over.
  • Drizzle over your the maple syrup.
  • Sprinkle of over your demerara sugar.
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