Danish Cinnamon Rolls - cinnamon buns - Snails - Coconut variation
This is undoubtedly the recipe I am most often pressured to make by my family. But that's easy to understand. Who does not like the classical cinnamon buns? This is a basic recipe, along with a few popular variations.
- 600 g (21 oz) white flour
- 200 g (7 oz) butter
- 50 g (2 oz) sugar
- 50 g (2 oz) fresh yeast (2 tbsp dry)
- 2 eggs
- 2 dl (0.85 cup) milk
- 1 tsp ground cardamom (optional)
- 150 g (5.3 oz) butter - soft or melted.
- 250 g (9 oz) brown sugar
- 2 tbsp cinnamon, finely ground
- 4 dl icing sugar (1.7 cups)
- 3 tbsp water
If you can remember it, then take out the butter ahead of time, and let it soften at room temperature. I often forget this :-S
Otherwise, you can melt the butter in a saucepan, take it off the heat, and put in the milk, when the butter is cooled of again.
Put all the ingredients for the dough into a bowl, except the hot butter. Knead it together.
Put in the butter and keep kneading. It should not be kneaded too well. Just until there are no flour lumps remaining. Typically for 3-5 minutes.
Bake at 200°C (400°F) for 15-20 minutes. Until lightly golden.
I covered these rolls with a tall roasting pan for the first ten minutes of baking, and then I baked them without a roasting pan for ten minutes more. That makes them raise better in the oven, and they become more airy.
They remained good for 2 days, and could be "refreshed" by 30 seconds in the microwave at day 3.
Notes and variations
I actually cheated a little ... the remonce in the above pictures in this recipe is actually comprised of:
- 200 g (7 oz) butter
- 200 g (7 oz) sugar
- 200 g (7 oz) marzipan
- 2 tbsp cinnamon
This is a great good and modern remonce that also keeps the rolls moist little longer.
I mixed some cocoa into half of the icing, with a little extra water. Just go by color.
I just let it run off the spoon, as I move it around in circles, to get the black / white pattern.
Another favorite variation, where I stole the idea from the local organic bakery is:
Coconut cream rolls
- 1 serving vanilla pastry custard
- 200 g (7 oz) grated coconut
- 1 dl sugar
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
Make the vanilla cream and add the grated coconut while it is still simmering.
Spread the cream onto the flat rolled dough instead of remonce. You probably cannot use all of it.
The last of it can be added on top of the rolls when they have been flattened. Then you also get some baked cream on top. Which is nice.
Sprinkle approximately 1 tbsp cinnamon sugar on each roll, instead of the glaze.
It makes for incredibly soft and spongy rolls, with coconut and cinnamon flavor.
They are not as sweet as regular rolls.