Cinnamon buns

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/c43/36826194/files/2014/12/img_5024.jpgBest study snack ever! This is the easiest recipe if you don’t have a bread machine(which sadly I don’t), only one rise is needed and it still tastes amazing. I’ve added in some handy hints, hope you mmmenjoy!

Prep time: 2 hours

Cooking time: 30 minutes


for the rolls

for the filling

  • 3 Tablespoons (45g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 and 1/2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar

for the glaze

  • 1 cup (120g) icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons (30ml) strong coffee (or use milk/cream instead)


  1. Preheat your oven to its lowest setting of heat. Then in a large bowl, toss the 2 and 1/4 cups flour, the sugar, salt, and yeast together.
  2. In a separate bowl heat the water, milk, and butter together in the microwave until the butter is melted and the mixture is hot to touch (around 45 degrees Celsius ). Using the dough attachment on a mixer combine the butter mixture with the flour mixture and add one egg. Add some of the remaining flour mixture if it is too wet ( you can tell it is ready when the dough can be pulled away from the side of the bowl easily and it has an elastic consistency).
  3. Flour a flat and clean surface and knead the dough using your hands dusted lightly with flour (remember to kneed for at least 5 minutes other wise the yeast will not activate!) then place it in a lightly greased bowl and let rest for 15 minutes.
  4. After the 15 minutes roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface until its around 0.5cm thickness, and spread the softened butter on top. Mix the cinnamon and brown sugar together and sprinkle it on top of the dough. Roll up the dough and then cut into even pieces (i like around 2cm thickness but it really is all up to you). and place the pieces with swirl up onto a pan, make sure there is space around each piece so it can expand and cover with foil.
  5. Now turn off the oven, leave the door open for a couple of minutes so it is not too hot inside and place them inside the oven and shut the door and let rise for at least 1 hour (I like to leave it for 1.5 hours if I can) or until the rolls have doubled in size.
  6. Take them out of the oven and preheat to 190 degrees celsius. Meanwhile make an egg wash and brush the top of the rolls with it. Then place them in the oven and cook for 25-30 minutes until slightly browned (you may need to cover them with alfoil halfway through cooking if it gets too brown) and remove from the oven
  7. Make the glaze by combining the icing sugar, vanilla extract and coffee and drizzle over the top of the rolls and mmmenjoy! Please note that any glaze can be used and it is definitely not confined to coffee, just use the icing sugar, vanilla extract, and 2 tablespoons milk, and then add what flavouring you desire some examples include orange rind or cocoa.




Coffee and Walnut Cake


mmm coffee!! This is a coffeeholics dream cake! There’s coffee in the cake, there’s coffee in the buttercream, and there’s coffee in the icing. Now I know that may sound a little overboard, but its really not, for some reason it all just flows so nicely together (i think we have walnuts to thank for that!)

Anyway I’m writing it up now in this annoying lecture where the slides don’t make sense (like it says its inactivated by acid, then the next point is it’s activated by acid!)grr.  So I’ve given up and decided to play with my blog pictures instead.

Here’s the recipe, I hope you enjoy 🙂

Prep time: 20 mins

Cooking time: 30 mins


for the cake

  • 175g unsalted butter,
  • 75g walnuts
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 150g self-raising flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 50ml cold espresso

for the filling

  • 125g butter cubed and softened
  • 250g icing sugar
  • 40ml strong expresso, cooled

for the icing

  • 100g icing sugar
  • 20ml strong expresso


for the cake

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius. Grease and line 2 round 20cm tins. In a food processor blitz 2/3 of the walnuts.
  2. Cream the butter in a bowl  with the sugar until light and fluffy, beat in the eggs  then add the blitz walnuts and stir through
  3. Fold the flour, baking powder, and a pinch of salt through with a metal spoon until just incorporated. Roughly chop the rest of the walnuts (leave a couple to decorate the top with) and stir through the cake mixture with the espresso. Divide the mixture between the two cake tins and bake in the oven for 20-25mins until golden. Allow to cool

for the filling

  1. beat the butter and icing sugar until fluffy, then beat in the espresso.

for the icing

  1. mix the icing sugar and coffee in a bowl to make a smooth filling

all together now 🙂

  1. place one of the cakes on a plate or cake stand.
  2. Spread the filling on top and place the other cake on top
  3. pour the icing on top. Allow the icing to slightly drip over the edges, use a palatte knife to help this along. Add the last walnuts on top to decorate with
  4. cut, serve and enjoy!