Cinna Buns

My heart in one mouthful that's a cinna bun.


  • ½ cup lukewarm water
  • 1 tablespoon dry yeast
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup butter at room temp
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 cups plain flour


  • ¼  cup butter melted
  • ½  cup brown sugar
  • 1 ½  tablespoons cinnamon 


  • 1 ½ cups pure icing sugar 
  • ½  cup creamed cheese
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 
  • A little extra water if needed to blend together.




  • In a bowl, put the lukewarm water, sprinkle the yeast over and  stir until it dissolves.
  • Put the milk and butter in a pot and simmer on a low heat until the butter is melted.  Remove from heat, mix in two tablespoons of sugar and the salt. Mix in cold water and then eggs one at a time.
  • In a bowl, place 4 cups of flour, make a well and add the egg mix and activated yeast.  Start to stir in using a knife then turn out onto a floured surface. Add the remaining flour as needed. You will need to knead the dough for aprox 5 – 10 mins. Add only enough flour to prevent stickiness. You want the dough to be light and pliable, so that when it rises the yeast can expand.  Too much flour and it will be tough to eat.  This is because the yeast needs to escape and it can’t if it’s to dry.
  • Place the dough into a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a plastic bag or a damp tea towel.  Put in a warm space till it doubles in size, aprox 1 hour. This process is called proving the bread. 


  • In a bowl, add the brown sugar and cinnamon, mix till well combined. 
  • Beat down your dough and put it onto a floured surface. 
  • Roll out the dough till it’s about ½  inch thick and it’s a rectangle shape.  Brush with butter and then evenly sprinkle over the cinnamon mix.  Roll it into a nice and firm cylinder shape then slice with a sharp knife about one inch think.  Arrange onto a well greased baking tray. Allow a little room between each roll so that it can expand.  Cover and allow to rest for about 30 mins. 
  • Pre heat the oven to 180°c.  Put the tray in the oven and allow to cook for aprox 20 – 30 mins until lightly golden brown. 
  • Remove from the oven.


  • In a bowl, using an electric mixer, mix the icing sugar, lemon juice, vanilla and creamed cheese till it’s creamy and tastes amazing.  You may need a little extra water if it’s too thick. You want it to still be a little on the thick side and it will melt as you put it over the buns. Pour evenly over the warm buns.. eat…YUMMM

Sarahs Tips & Tricks

 you can put apple that has been pre cooked till soft and lightly stewed in the middle. If you feel like a little extra something. 

Photography by Luisa Brimble