I love to bake and will try just about anything, however, when it comes to bread dough, I feel like I am circling the drain a bit. So when I had the urge to make cinnamon buns, I was looking for a way to skip the dough making part and get right to it.
My solution is pizza dough. Almost every grocery store now sells fresh pizza dough chilled in a poly bag. (you can even buy an uncooked frozen bread dough and defrost it. Here's what you need.
1 Pizza dough
1 stick (4ozs) Salted Butter
1 1/2 cups Brown Sugar
Raisins, Walnuts, Dried Cranberries, Pecans or WHATEVER you like to sprinkle on them
On a floured board roll your dough to 15" x 12" rectangle
Spread butter over dough with spatula.
Sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon
Toss on raisins, nuts or whatever.
Roll the dough from the 15" side into a roll.
Slice the roll into 1 1/2 " slices
Lay flat 1/2 inch apart on baking dish or cookie sheet (must have an edge to stop oozing melted sugar)
Baked at 350 F for about 15 minutes or until the dough is golden and cooked.
Remove from pan and place on parchment paper or cooling rack. you will have some yummy melted butter and sugar in the pan, Spoon it off and drizzle over the hot buns.
Mix 3/4 cup icing sugar with 1teaspoon vanilla and a little milk until it is smooth and runs easily off the spoon. Drizzle 1 tsp of icing over each bun while still warm.
The kind you buy at certain Cinnamon Bun shops taste good, but they are made with shortening and artificial vanilla, not butter. The butter makes all the difference in the taste here. These are amazingly gooey and buttery and vanilla-y. Only a few minutes to make and a wonderful Sunday morning treat.