Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Lemon Poppy Seed Cinnabons

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Um yeah, so who authorised this sudden mid-summer weather in and around Cape Town? As a staunch winter & autumn lover this is slightly perturbing to me. As a hormonal preggo, the current hot weather makes me more than a little uncomfortable. I mean, there's only so much ice cream you can eat, am I right? 

And if you've exhausted all other hot weather options - iced tea, cool desserts, crunchy salads - well then I guess the only logical thing left to do is opt for some home baking action. Just imagine: lengthy rising times, hot ovens and the most delectably creamy icing you can imagine, disappearing stealthily from the mixing bowl one spoonful at a time. 

In actual fact, these rolls were a breeze to make. Yes, it involves not one but two rising times, but it's not like you have to actively *do* anything during that time. You'll be lounging around on your front lawn as you would've done anyway, reading a book, twirling your hair and listening to some summer-y tunes, right? Not at all incompatible with a bowl of dough resting on the kitchen counter. 

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Of course the added bonus of lengthy rising times (besides giving you a legitimate excuse to laze around the house) is that you also have ample time to ingest a boat load of the icing that you've diligently prepared in advance in order to slather on while the buns are still warm. Not that I *ahem* would ever encourage or indulge in such blatant piggery. I'm just saying, the option is there. And when the dough has finished rising, it only needs 10 minutes baking time. So the kitchen doesn't even need to stay hot for that long. Utter win, right? 

And let's be honest, there are few things that will make you feel more domestic goddess-y than pulling out a warm tray of cinnabons out of the oven, drenching them with tangy icing and biting into the still-warm fluffy buns that you made yourself. "Oh these? Yes, I whipped them up this morning. Nope, no effort at all!", you will say smugly when your visitors moan their appreciation for the lemony-poppyseeded goodness of these cinnabon wannabes. All in a day's work. 

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Lemon Poppy Seed Cinnabons
Adapted from Cupcake Darling
Makes 15

These rolls freeze well - so you can make them ahead of time, then just defrost and reheat when the next craving strikes!

For the dough:
10g (1/3 oz) instant yeast
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup softened butter
pinch of salt
2 large eggs
4 cups white bread flour
1 cup warm milk

For the filling:
1/3 cup softened butter
1 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp poppy seeds
zest of 2 lemons

For the topping:
120g (4 oz) cream cheese
1/2 cup butter
1 3/4 cup icing (confectioner's) sugar
juice of half a lemon
extra poppy seeds to sprinkle over (optional)
extra lemon zest to sprinkle over (optional)

1. Mix together all the ingredients for the dough in a large bowl, stirring until it comes together. Knead briefly on a floured surface, forming a large ball with the dough. Place back in the bowl, cover with a moist tea towel and allow to rise for an hour until doubled in size.
2. Roll dough out to a rectangle of about 40 x 50 cm (16 x 21 inch). Spread with the softened butter. Mix together the sugar, poppy seeds and zest and sprinkle all over the buttered dough.
3. Starting on one of the long sides, start rolling the dough up as tightly as you can - it should look like a swiss roll. Cut into inch thick pieces using a sharp knife (don't use a serrated knife) and place cut side down onto a baking tray lined with greased baking paper. Cover and allow to rise for another hour.
4. Meanwhile, prepare the topping by mixing together the cream cheese and butter until there are no more lumps. Using a hand held electric whisk, beat the mixture for 5 - 10 minutes until light and fluffy. Add half of the icing sugar, whisk for another minute, then add the rest of the sugar and whisk again for a minute. Whisk in the lemon juice and place in the fridge to cool down and firm up slightly.
5. Preheat your oven to 200C (400F) when the dough has about 15 minutes left to rise. When the hour is up, place cinnamon rolls into the oven and bake for 10 minutes.
6. Remove the rolls from the oven and allow to cool slightly before slathering with the topping. Sprinkle with some extra poppy seeds and lemon zest if you wish and serve while still warm.


nina on October 12, 2011 12:56 pm said...

Soooo, baby has a sweet tooth. Looks just fab, marisa!!! Missed you around!

Marisa on October 12, 2011 1:21 pm said...

@Nina - Yup, it sure seems that way, doesn't it? :-)

Anonymous said...

There is not a lot of things I do not like to eat.Unfortunately poppy seed are one of them.Love the name cinabon:))

Joanne on October 12, 2011 8:19 pm said...

I feel like the whole lemon poppy seed thing makes these about a GAZILLION times better than regular cinnabon! I could it not?

Eliana on October 13, 2011 12:16 am said...

Oh man - these buns totally beat anything store bought. They could not look more delicious.

Unknown on October 13, 2011 2:24 pm said...

Oh wow, these look incredible. A great new way to combine lemon and poppyseed.

Juanita on October 14, 2011 1:53 pm said...


Sook on October 21, 2011 8:41 am said...

Oh those cinnabons look so good! I love lemon poppy seed flavors.. I used to love the lemon poppy seed muffins. Yum!

kankana on October 27, 2011 1:20 am said...

I can imagine how beautifully your house might have smelt while baking these! I love cinnabon buns and these look fantastic.

Jeanne on November 15, 2011 6:23 pm said...

ONG I LOVE these! I'm always put off by anything that needs yeast/rising - but as you say that's juts silly! it doesn't require me to DO anything, just have a little patience...

Anonymous said...

These are looking delicious!! Your pics are beautiful!!

How are you feeling - luckily the weather is coolish, accept for yesterday!

Jessica | Cajunlicious on December 14, 2011 10:13 pm said...

These look so amazing, a wonderful grown up treat! So happy I found you through a fellow foodie, you've got yourself a new follower! xo Jessica @ Cajunlicious

Kathleen C Baker on December 27, 2011 7:38 pm said...

Looks scrumptious! I love cinnamon buns and adding lemon I would never have thought of that. Thank you for sharing.

test it comm on January 01, 2012 8:19 pm said...

Those cinnabons look so good!

The Food Hunter on January 06, 2012 12:03 am said...

they look great

Mindy on March 09, 2012 3:57 pm said...

Goodness these look delicious! And combine lots of my favourite things- especially gobs of ICING.

Zirkie on April 11, 2012 12:25 pm said...

Hi Marissa, I am missing your posts! Where are you?

Zirkie on June 02, 2012 8:28 pm said...

Hi, me again! I hope you are well? I ma really missing your delightful posts!

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Gloria Baker on July 10, 2012 11:55 pm said...

Love these so much and I love poopy seeds!

How to Make biltong on October 17, 2013 7:01 pm said...

I went ahead and made this and my kids loved it, the best thing! I could freeze them to. Thanks for the tips and the lovely recipe.

Rental Mobil Bandung on April 15, 2015 12:18 pm said...

Such food is hard to find in our city of Bandung :D

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