Breads & Wraps

August 30, 2021
Braided Peanut Cinnamon Buns

Time needed: 1 hour and 30 minutes.

DIFFICULTY: Easy
Makes: 12 buns
 
Ingredients:
1 cup milk (warm)
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup oil
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 piece large egg 
4 cups all-purpose flour 
½ teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons butter

Filling:
¼ cup melted butter
¼ cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 cup crushed peanut

Assembly:
egg wash
brown sugar
6 tablespoons butter, divided into 12
 
Procedure:

  1. Prepare yeast

    In a container, combine the yeast, warm milk, and sugar and mix well. Let it bloom for 2 to 3 minutes.

  2. Make dough

    Into a separate bowl, add the flour and salt and mix until fully combined. Add the bloomed yeast and egg and mix until it forms a shaggy dough. Knead the four tablespoons of butter into the dough until it is fully incorporated into the layers of dough, about 5 minutes or so.

  3. Rest dough

    Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a damp cloth and set it somewhere warm and allow to rise for an hour or until doubled in size.

  4. Make cinnamon sugar

    In a small bowl, combine cinnamon and sugar. Mix well until fully combined and set aside.

  5. Roll out

    After resting the dough, Flatten it to release the air and roll it out into a large rectangle with about 1/4-inch thickness all throughout.

  6. Add filling and portion

    Spread melted butter on top of the rolled-out dough, leaving 1/4-inch margins along all the edges. cover with a thin layer of cinnamon sugar and top with a layer of crushed peanuts. Carefully roll the rectangle up into a tight log, rolling along the long side. Divide the log into 12 equal portions.

  7. Make braids

    Flatten and stretch out each portion into 8-10-inch long rectangles. Cut each rectangle into three sections, Fold the three sections of dough over each other like a braid until the end. Pinch the edges of the sections together to combine them. Form the braid into a circle and tuck the end of the dough underneath, and pinch the end onto the bottom of the dough to seal together.

  8. Prepare pans and proof dough

    Place a thin layer of brown sugar onto the bottom of each muffin mold followed by 1/2 tablespoon of butter. Place a braided bun into each mold, cover, and let rise for about 20-30 minutes.

  9. Bake

    Brush each braided bun with egg wash and bake the braided buns at 190 degrees Celcius for 18-20 minutes until golden brown. Optional: dust with powdered sugar or add some crushed peanuts on top after baking.