Iced Cinnamon Buns and Mulled Apple Juice

Today is a very rainy and miserable Sunday. I thought that I would embrace the autumnal weather we've been having by making an autumn classic. Iced cinnamon buns. The original recipe is from an American blog I stumbled across: 
In the original recipe, all the measurements are in cups so I've done my best to convert them all into grams. Luckily I have a dry measure that has American cups on it so that's super handy! 

Iced Cinnamon Buns
Ingredients for the dough
1/2 cup (118ml) milk
1/4 cup (55g) caster sugar
3/4 tsp salt
2 1/4 tsp dry active yeast
1/2 tsp caster sugar
1/2 cup (118ml) warm water
1 egg
3 cups (408g) bread flour
2 tbsp melted butter
For the filling
1/4 cup (55g) melted butter
1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
For the glaze
2 tbsp melted butter
1 cup (128g) icing sugar
1-2 tbsp hot milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1. For the dough, heat the milk, sugar and salt in a saucepan. Stir over a gentle heat until all the sugar has dissolved. Take off the heat and leave to cool. 
2. Dissolve the yeast and 1/2 tsp sugar in the warm water. Leave for 10 minutes.
3. Beat the egg into the yeast mixture. Stir in the cooled milk mixture. Add the flour a little at a time and mix to make a dough. Before adding the last of the flour, also add the melted butter and mix. Knead the dough for 5 minutes on a floured surface. 
4. Place in an oiled bowl and leave to prove for an hour or longer. 
5. Knock the dough back once it's risen and doubled in size. Roll out in a 12x9 inch rectangle. Brush the dough with the melted butter for the filling. Mix the cinnamon and sugar together and generously sprinkle over the top. Roll into a log and cut into 12 pieces. 
6. Place in a buttered dish, not touching. Cover with cling film and leave to rise for another hour or longer. 
7. Preheat the oven to 180. Bake for 15-18 minutes until golden brown. Be careful to keep an eye on them as they will catch quickly. 
8. Whisk together all the ingredients for the glaze and pour over the buns once they come out of the oven, still warm. 

Mulled Apple Juice
1L Apple juice
1 cinnamon stick, broken in half
2 cloves
a pinch of mixed spice
1. Pour the apple juice into a large saucepan. Add the spices and gently stir over a low heat for 15-20 minutes until warm. 

And there we go! A perfect little treat for a cold Autumn night in X Bo


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