I was a little tired of the usual cinnamon buns so I thought I would give something different a try.
I'm so glad I did. This is basically the exact same recipe as cinnamon buns BUT instead of slicing into rolls you cut it in half and twist it and roll it.
It looks so pretty.
Whoever says baking isn't an art form clearly hasn't seen how beautiful bread rolls can be.
Cinnamon Roll Up Bread
5 - 5 1/2 cups flour
3 Tbsp sugar
2 envelopes Rapid Rise Yeast
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup water
1/3 cup butter, cut into pieces
one egg, beaten - for egg wash
1 cup butter, softened (divided into thirds)
1 cup brown sugar
2 - 3 tsp cinnamon
1 cup pecans, chopped
Line 3 - 8 inch cake pans with parchment paper. Spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
In a large bowl combine 3 cups flour, sugar, undissolved yeast, salt and baking soda. Heat buttermilk, water and butter until very warm (120 - 130); butter does not need to melt completely. Mixture will appear curdled.
Stir into flour mixture. Stir in enough remaining flour to make soft dough. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic 2 - 5 mins). Cover and let rest on floured surface approx 15 mins.
Divide dough into 3 qual pieces. Cover 2 with a tea towel while you work with the third.
Roll out the piece of dough into a rectangle, approx 12 X 15.
Spread 1/3 of the butter evenly over dough. Sprinkle with 1/3 of the brown sugar and 1/3 of the cinnamon and 1/3 of the pecans.
Roll up jelly roll style.
Pinch dough together at seams.
Cut in half vertically.
Pinch together at one end and then twist together.
Roll into a circle.
Place into prepared pan. Now, repeat with remaining 2 balls of dough.
Cover with tea towel and place in warm place. Let rise for about 45 minutes, unil doubled. Preheat oven to 375.
Bake at 375 for approx 30 minutes. Tops should be nicely golden brown.
Let cool on wire rack for 5 minutes. Invert on to wire rack, remove parchment paper, and flip back so top is facing up. Let cool on wire racks.
Serve warm or room temp.
Once again I am using my "go to" bread recipe. You could use your favorite cinnamon bun bread recipe if you prefer.
Tastes like cinnamon buns but looks all fancy schmancy.
It's win win!