Stefano Faita

Giant Cinammon Bun

By In The Kitchen With Stefano Faita


Cinnamon Bun Dough
1/4 cup warm water
1 tsp. sugar
1 package (1/4-ounce) active dry yeast
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup butter (unsalted)
3 tbsp. sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. salt
3 1/2 cups to 4 cups all-purpose flour

Sticky Bun Bottom Layer
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 tbsp. corn syrup

About 1/4 cup melted butter
1/2 cup to 3/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp. ground cinnamon, or to taste

Cream Cheese Icing
4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 cup to 2 cups icing sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
Pinch salt


Cinnamon Bun Dough
Combine 1/4 cup warm water, 1 tsp. sugar and yeast. Let sit until foamy, about 5 to 10 minutes.

Meanwhile warm milk and butter in saucepan over until butter just melts and milk is just warm to touch. (If milk is too hot, it will kill the yeast and the dough will not rise.)

To large bowl, add yeast mixture, warm milk mixture, sugar, eggs, vanilla, salt and 3 1/2 cups flour. Stir until shaggy dough starts to form, adding more flour if dough is too sticky. Transfer to work surface dusted with flour and knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes.

Transfer to oiled bowl. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Sticky Bun Bottom Layer
Generously grease a 9-inch cake pan with 1/4 cup butter. Sprinkle bottom of pan with 1/2 cup brown sugar and drizzle with 2 tbsp. corn syrup.

Punch down cinnamon bun dough.

Lightly flour work surface. Roll out dough to 22-inches x 11-inches, about 1/4-inch thick. Brush lightly with some melted butter and sprinkle lightly with some of the brown sugar and cinnamon. Roll dough like a jelly roll. Pinch ends, as needed. Flatten roll slightly and shape into a log, about 35-inches x 2-inch. Lightly brush top of log with melted butter and sprinkle lightly with brown sugar. Roll log up like a pinwheel.

Transfer to prepared cake pan. Brush top lightly with more melted butter. Cover and let proof until doubles in size, about 30 to 40 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Transfer cake pan to baking sheet. Bake until golden brown, about 30 minutes. Cover loosely with foil (to prevent over browning) and bake another 30 to 40 minutes. Let sit for 5 to 10 minutes then invert onto serving plate or board. Top with Cream Cheese Icing. Cut and serve into wedges. Serve warm.

Cream Cheese Icing
With electric beaters, whip cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add whipping cream, 1 cup icing sugar, vanilla and pinch of salt. Whip to combine. Adjust frosting with icing sugar to sweetness and preferred thickness.

Yield: 8 to 12 servings.