Okay, so if you’ve been coming here for awhile, you’ve probably figured out that I sort of have an obsession with cinnamon rolls. However, you’ve also probably figured out that I’ve tried a million (maybe exaggerating just a little) recipes to try and find my own favorite. You see, I think some cinnamon roll dough is too sweet and/or too fattening with like a cup of butter. I’d rather have my butter mingling with my cinnamon sugar where I can really taste it than wasted in the dough. However, the butter does give it a nice flaky sort of texture. Okay, maybe I’m a cinnamon roll geek….but I have a new favorite recipe! It only has 2 tablespoons of oil and 3 tablespoons of sugar, plus it uses sour cream. Well of course, for us we’re going to use powdered sour cream because it’s awesome in baking and not so awesome as a real sour cream substitute. It was actually never meant to be used on top of your baked potato but instead in your baking. And if we’re going to use powdered sour cream it’s fat free. A perfect compromise to my problems and did you notice how they perfectly puff swirl?!
Sour Cream Buns (adapted from Better Homes and Gardens)
- 1 package active dry yeast
- 1/4 cup warm water (105 degrees F to 115 degrees F)
- 1 8 ounce carton dairy sour cream (1 C. dry powdered sour cream and 1/3-1/2 C. water)
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 egg, slightly beaten (1 T. dry egg powder + NO water-I don’t add the water for the eggs when dealing with dough)
- 3 – 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (half whole wheat and half BREAD flour works AWESOME!)
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 2 – 4 teaspoons water
In a large bowl dissolve yeast in warm water.
2. In a small saucepan combine sour cream, granulated sugar, oil, and salt. Heat and stir over medium-low heat until warm (105 degrees F to 115 degrees F) and shortening is melted. Stir in baking soda. Stir sour cream mixture and egg into yeast. Stir in as much of the flour as you can with a wooden spoon.
3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead in enough of the remaining flour to make a moderately soft dough ( 3 to 5 minutes total). Cover and let rest for 5 minutes.
4. Grease twelve 2-1/2 inch muffin cups; set aside. On a lightly floured surface roll dough into an 18×12-inch rectangle; spread with softened butter. Combine brown sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle evenly over dough. Roll up, starting from long side; seal seam. Slice into twelve 1-1/2-inch-wide pieces. Place each bun, cut side down, in a prepared muffin cup. Cover and let rise in a warm place until 1/4 to 1/2 inch above tops of cups (45 minutes).
5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Bake buns in the preheated oven about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans. Combine powdered sugar and enough water to make an icing of drizzling consistency; drizzle over buns. Serve warm.
*Time Saving Tip- If you’re using powdered sour cream just add the extra water to the water you’re using for your yeast. No need to dirty an extra saucepan heating everything…just put your dry ingredients with your dry and the wet with the wet.
*Crystal’s Ultimate Cinnamon Tip-Did you know that the cinnamon you use actually makes a difference?! I didn’t believe me when my gourmet cooking brother was talking to me about it…after all you can buy cinnamon for so cheap. But it is SO TRUE. Do yourself a favor and invest in some Costco Cinnamon (Saigon Cinnamon) It’s actually not really an investment-it’s only a few dollars for a big bottle. You won’t be disappointed!