Annabel Langbein's Sticky Buns

recipes 10/04/2017

Sticky bun dough:       

  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 tsp dry yeast granules
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 125g butter, melted but not hot
  • 6 cups high-grade flour
  • 1 tsp salt

To fill:        

  • 6 tbsp butter, softened but not melted
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

Optional glaze:  

  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp water

 To dust:    

  • icing sugar

Place the milk in a small pot and heat gently until lukewarm (so it feels neutral to the touch when you dip your finger into it). Remove from the heat, sprinkle the yeast over the top and whisk lightly to disperse. Whisk in the sugar and allow to stand for 3 minutes. Add the melted butter and stir to combine.

Mix flour and salt together in a large bowl and make a well in the centre. Add the milk and butter mixture and stir until just combined. Tip the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and silky – about 60-100 kneading strokes. You can also mix the dough in a mixer with a dough hook, if you have one, for 5 minutes. Place the dough in a large, lightly oiled bowl, cover with a clean cloth and leave to rise in a warm place until it has almost doubled in size (about 1 hour).

When risen, divide the dough in half and refrigerate or freeze one half for later use. Roll the other half out to a 60 x 30cm rectangle on a lightly floured board. To fill, brush the rolled dough liberally with the softened butter. Mix together the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the top of the butter. Roll the dough up tightly along the longest edge into a cylinder shape. Cut into slices about 4cm wide. You should have about 20 scrolls.

Line the base of a 28-30cm round cake tin with baking paper. Arrange the scrolls in the lined cake tin, allowing 1-2cm between them. Cover with a clean tea towel and leave to rise in a warm place (not hot or the butter will melt) for 20 minutes.

While the scrolls are rising, preheat the oven to 220˚C. Bake scrolls for 12-15 minutes until golden and cooked through. 

To glaze the scrolls, heat the sugar and water in a small pot until the sugar is dissolved. Boil for 5 minutes. Brush the scrolls with hot syrup as they emerge from the oven or dust with icing sugar.