Braided Cinnamon Buns

Braided Cinnamon Buns
Makes 12
Prep 25 m
Rise 120 m
Bake 20 m



  1. 1 of 7 Combine buttermilk and 6 tbsp butter in a small saucepan. Heat over medium-low until butter melts. Cool to 110 degrees .
  2. 2 of 7 In a small bowl, sprinkle yeast over 2 tbsp warm water and 1 tsp granulated sugar. Let stand 5 minutes, until foamy.
  3. 3 of 7 When buttermilk mixture reaches 110 degrees , stir in yeast mixture. In a stand mixer, combine egg, egg yolk, 1/3 cup granulated sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon and the salt. Beat on medium speed until blended. Beat in yeast mixture, followed by flour. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead 5 minutes, adding more flour if dough is very sticky.
  4. 4 of 7 Oil a large bowl and add dough, turning to coat with oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled, 2 hours.
  5. 5 of 7 Heat oven to 350 degrees . Punch down dough and divide into thirds. In a medium bowl, mix 6 tbsp butter, 1/3 cup granulated sugar, 3 tsp cinnamon, 1 tbsp warm water and the brown sugar until smooth.
  6. 6 of 7 Cut one piece of dough in half. With your hands, roll into a long rope. Lay on work surface and, with a rolling pin, roll out to an 18 x 4-inch rectangle. Spread with 2 tbsp filling and sprinkle with cinnamon. Cut in half crosswise to create two 9 x 4-inch pieces. Starting from a long side, roll up to enclose filling and pinch seam shut. With a sharp knife, cut through dough lengthwise, leaving one end attached (see Note, below). Twist dough over itself to resemble a braid, pinching end together. Roll dough on itself and tuck end under. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet, spacing 2 inches apart. Repeat with remaining dough and filling.
  7. 7 of 7 Brush buns with egg white and sprinkle with 1 tsp granulated sugar. Bake 18 to 20 minutes, until golden brown. Brush with Brown Sugar Glaze, if using.

Brown Sugar Glaze

  1. 1 of 1 Combine 1/4 cup each packed dark brown sugar and granulated sugar in a saucepan with 3 tbsp water and 1 tbsp unsalted butter. Heat over medium until glaze is smooth. Brush over buns.
Nutrition Information for Braided Cinnamon Buns
Servings Per Recipe: 12
Per Serving: 412 kcal cal., 14 g Fat, total, 64 g carb., 9 g sat. fat, 2 g fiber, 28 g sugar, 7 g pro., 138 mg sodium