Cinnamon Raisin Buns

Cinnamon Raisin Buns join the pantheon of awesome bakery bun recipes that we’ve built off of what I now consider to be one of the most useful recipes on our blog––our easy Asian milk bread.
 
If you’re new to the Woks of Life, we’ve also done:

These cinnamon raisin buns aren’t really Asian, but they had them at many of the bakeries I’d go to in China. If you’re a fan of cinnamon raisin bread (toasted with a little butter…perfection), you will LOVE these.

And their fancy schmancy swirly look? Way easier to accomplish than you think. Scroll down to see how we did it.

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Cinnamon Raisin Buns: Recipe Instructions

Start by making the bread dough. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the heavy cream, milk, egg, sugar, cake flour, bread flour, yeast, and salt (in that order).

DON’T HAVE BREAD FLOUR OR CAKE FLOUR?

Feel free to substitute all-purpose flour for both! We have since extensively re-tested this recipe, and have not found that using 100% all-purpose flour in this recipe makes a meaningful difference to the result.

Using the dough hook attachment, turn on the mixer to “stir.” Let it go for 15 minutes, occasionally stopping the mixer to push the dough together.

After 15 minutes, the dough is ready for proofing. Cover the bowl with a damp towel and place in a warm spot for 1 hour. The dough will grow to 1.5X its original size.

After the bread dough has proofed for an hour, put the dough back in the mixer and stir for another 5 minutes to get rid of air bubbles. Dump the dough on a lightly floured surface and cut into 12 equal pieces.

Roll out each piece into a rough 8×4 inch rectangle. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and dot with a few raisins.

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Roll into a cigar, and cut the cigar in half lengthwise, leaving one end attached (it’ll look like a pair of pants).

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Twist the two pieces together, and then roll the whole thing into a snail shape, tucking the ends underneath the bun.

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Lay on a baking sheet, cover with a clean kitchen towel, and allow to rise for another hour.

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Brush the risen buns with egg wash and bake for 13-15 minutes. Right after they’re baked, transfer to a cooling rack and brush with simple syrup.

Cinnamon Raisin Buns, by thewoksoflife.comCinnamon Raisin Buns, by thewoksoflife.com
Cinnamon Raisin Buns, by thewoksoflife.comCinnamon Raisin Buns, by thewoksoflife.com
Cinnamon Raisin Buns, by thewoksoflife.comCinnamon Raisin Buns, by thewoksoflife.com

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