Brioche Cinnamon Buns
All that needs to be said is, I love Cinnamon Buns!!! Using the Brioche Dough recipe of the person that inspired my love affair with bread, Nancy Silverton, proves to be foolproof as always!!!
Brioche Cinnamon Buns
By Nancy Silverton
For the sponge:
1/3 cup hot whole milk (100°F to 110°F)
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 large egg
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
For the dough:
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, more if needed
6 ounces unsalted butter, at room temperature
Makes about 2 1/4 pounds dough
Put milk, yeast, egg, and 1 cup flour in heavy-duty mixer bowl. Mix together with a rubber spatula until just blended. Sprinkle remaining cup of flour to cover the sponge. Let rest uncovered 40 minutes. The flour coating will crack. Add sugar, salt, eggs, and 1 cup flour to sponge. Set bowl in mixer, attach dough hook, and mix on low for a minute. Still mixing, sprinkle in 1/2 cup flour. When incorporated, increase mixer to medium and beat 15 minutes, stopping to scrape down hook and bowl as needed. During mixing, the dough should wrap around the hook and slap sides of bowl. If this does not happen after 10 minutes, add up to 3 tablespoons flour. Continue to beat a full 15 minutes. Work the butter by smearing it across a work surface with a dough scraper until it is smooth, soft, and cool. With mixer on medium-low, add butter a few tablespoons at a time. The dough will fall apart. Increase speed to medium-high for a minute, then reduce to medium and beat for 5 minutes. Clean sides of bowl frequently; if dough is not coming together after 3 minutes, add up to 1 tablespoon flour. The dough should still feel somewhat cool, soft, and sticky. Transfer it to a very large buttered bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise until doubled. Deflate dough by placing fingers under it, lifting a section, and letting it fall back into bowl. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and chill 4 to 6 hours. After this long chill, the dough is ready to use in any brioche recipe.
Cinnamon Sugar Filling:
2 tbsp Brown Butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup Light Brown Sugar
1 ½ tsp Cinnamon
1 egg, beaten with 1 tsp water
-Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Butter the baking dish and set aside
-Roll dough to roughly 12x12 inches. Combine the melted butter and vanilla and brush mixture over the dough.
-In a bowl, combine the cinnamon and sugar. Then sprinkle mixtrure over the buttered dough leaving a 1 inch border without the cinnamon sugar mixture on the edge furthest anyway from you. Roll dough towards that uncovered edge, and cut in to 6-12 rolls (depending on desired size).
-Place cut buns into your buttered baking dish and cover with plastic wrap or a tea towel and allow to rise for 45 minutes. Gently coat with egg wash and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown. Enjoy!