Recipe Renovation: Cinnamon Buns

Total Time
1 hr
30 min
30 min
These cinnamon buns take some time to make, but most of that time is in the rising, and the result is spectacular.


fat free skim milk

1 cup(s)

vegetable oil

1 Tbsp


1 Tbsp

table salt

1 tsp


1 Tbsp, about 1 package

all-purpose flour

2½ cup(s), sifted, divided

unpacked brown sugar

¼ cup(s)

dark corn syrup

¼ cup(s)

ground cinnamon

2 tsp

ground nutmeg


orange zest

1 tsp, grated


¼ cup(s), dried cherries or cranberries


  1. Stir together milk, vegetable oil, sugar and salt in a small saucepan. Heat to lukewarm. Pour yeast over 2 tablespoons lukewarm water and let sit 5 minutes. Stir into milk mixture.
  2. Transfer warm milk to a large mixing bowl and beat in half the flour by hand or with an electric mixer. Mix in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Let rest 10 minutes; knead well on a floured board or with an electric mixer and dough hook; let rest 10 minutes.
  3. Spray a large, clean bowl with cooking spray, add dough, cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  4. Lightly coat a 9-inch round baking pan with cooking spray. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and roll into a 12 x 10-inch rectangle. Spray with cooking spray.
  5. Stir together brown sugar, corn syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg and orange zest; brush over dough. Sprinkle with raisins. Roll up tightly, like a jelly roll. Cut into 12 pieces.
  6. Place buns cut-side up in baking pan. Cover with plastic and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  7. Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake buns until firm and nicely browned on top, 30 minutes. Cool completely before inverting onto a serving plate.

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