Cinnamon Buns... Minus the Yeast

Cinnamon buns, you guys. Cinnamon buns. I don't really have much to say about these because they are absolutely delicious and that's all you need to know. And... there's no yeast. 

When I was 12, I had an Emeril kids cookbook that I loved -- it had a cinnamon roll recipe in it that I would make pretty often. It had yeast, and required me to heat milk up in a sauce pan to a specific temperature. A little complicated for a kids recipe now that I think about it. Yeast recipes are always kind a pain, but I was excited about this one because, well, there's no yeast. No muss. No fuss. No waiting for them to rise. No disappointment when they don't. Just ooey gooey delicious cinnamon buns. 

Even without frosting, this bad boys look yummy. I used some leftover frosting from my red velvet cupcakes to frost them, but you can definitely make some fresh cream cheese frosting (the perfect, tangy sweet topping for any baked good). 

Cinnamon Buns (without Yeast) 

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk (or sour milk) 
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • pinch of nutmeg & cloves (optional) 
Preheat your oven ro 425 degrees. Mix up your filling first; it will look like wet sand. Set aside.

In a bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of melted butter and your buttermilk. (You can also use sour milk, which is the same amount of milk, plus 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Let it sit for a few minutes before adding the butter!) 

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. (I realized just now I actually forgot baking powder! Oops! They still taste good...) Add your buttermilk mixture and stir with a wooden spoon. The dough will be shaggy. 

Turn onto a very well floured surface and knead for about 1 minute, until the dough is smooth. Lift off the counter, flour heavily again, and then press the dough into a roughly 9X12 square. Then brush with two tablespoons melted butter. Top with the cinnamon filling and spread evenly, then press down with your hands. Use a spatula to help lift the dough off the counter and roll into a log. Pinch the seam closed and make sure the whole thing is packed pretty well. Either way, these are going to be a bit messy! 

Cut into 8 pieces and place into a 9-inch cake or pie pan that is very well greased with nonstick cooking spray. This is pretty important! Brush with another tablespoon of melted butter. Bake for about 20-25 minutes until golden brown. 

When they're out of the oven, immediately frost them! Enjoy! 

What's better than cinnamon buns on a Saturday morning!? 

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