Monday, April 4, 2011

Cinnamon buns and Cardamom cookies

1) Cinnamon Buns with Cream Cheese

Cinnamon is one of my favorite spices for baking. The smell wafting through the house during baking is a delightful sensation. My love affair with cinnamon buns started in France. I had them for breakfast at the University cafeteria. Fresh cinnamon buns with a steaming hot cup of cappuccino can raise my spirits anytime. Hope you will enjoy making and devouring these scrumptious buns as much as we did. 


All-purpose flour-2 ½ cups
Butter-4 tbsp
Salt- a pinch
Milk- ½ cup
Active dry yeast-2 ½ tsp
Warm water-¼


Brown sugar-½ cup
Cinnamon powder-2 tbsp
Unsalted butter-2 tbsp (room temperature)

For glaze
Cream cheese-3 tbsp

Combine milk and butter and heat it until butter melts and mixture is just warmed. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Mix in the warm milk-butter mixture and egg. Beat well. Add 1 cup flour, sugar, and salt. Combine well. Add remaining flour and knead well. Turn dough out onto lightly floured work surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (around 10 min). If the dough is sticky, add more flour by spoonfuls until dough can form a ball.

 Lightly grease a large bowl. Transfer the dough to the bowl, turning to coat. Cover with a plastic wrap. Let dough rise until doubled in volume (mine took around 1 hr).

Mix brown sugar and cinnamon in medium bowl. Keep aside. Once the dough has doubled, punch it down. Transfer to a floured surface. Roll out to a rectangle. Spread butter over dough, leaving 1/2 inch border. Sprinkle cinnamon-sugar mixture evenly over butter. Starting at long side, roll dough into log. With seam side down, cut  crosswise with a sharp knife into 1/2 inch slices.

Line a baking dish with parchment paper. Arrange them with cut side up (you can arrange them close together if you like). Cover baking dish with plastic wrap. Let dough rise until doubled.

Preheat to 375°F. Bake them in the central rack until tops are golden (around 20 mins). Remove from oven and invert immediately. Cool 10 minutes. Turn rolls and spread cream cheese on top.

1. Cover with plastic wrap, these cinnamon buns can be frozen up to 1 month before baking.
2. The frozen buns have to be kept at room temperature for at least 45 mins before baking.
3. You can sprinkle some powdered sugar on top of cream cheese.
4. Instead of cream cheese use any frosting of your choice.

2) Cardamom cookies (Nankhatai)

Nankhatai is an easy to make egg-less biscuit/cookie. This light and crispy biscuits with a slight hint of cardamom perfectly goes well with tea or coffee. These were a must buy during our visit to bakery when we were kids. 

All purpose flour-1 cup
Semolina flour-2tbsp
Sugar (powdered)-1/2 cup
Butter-1/4 cup
Cardamom powder-1 tsp
Warm milk-1tbsp

Preheat oven to 350° F.  Whip together powdered sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Slowly mix in the flours in batches. Add cardamom powder and milk. Knead the dough with hands for 10 mins to form soft dough. Divide the dough into small balls and press each between your palms to flatten. Smoothen the edges. 

Arrange them on a baking sheet. Dip the almonds in milk lightly and stick one on top of each cookie. Bake 15 minutes or until slightly golden. Nankhatai will be soft while hot. Once cooled it turns light and crisp. Cool completely and store them in an airtight container.

1. If the dough appears dry, beat in an additional teaspoon of butter.
2. The butter and sugar has to be beaten until fluffy and the dough should be kneaded

     well. This is crucial for the cookies to puff up.
3. Butter can be replaced with ghee (clarified butter).
4. Leave out semolina if you want your cookies to be smooth. However, semolina adds a
    light crunch.


Tina said...

kandittu kothiyavunnu...adipoli...

Yummy Team said...

Randum nannayittundu..Nice pics!

sunil g said...

vayil vellamoorunnu

Suja Sugathan said...

Randum adipoli ayitundu,love both the recipes..njam oranam eduthotte:)

കല്യാണിക്കുട്ടി said...

കല്യാണിക്കുട്ടിക്ക് ഇതങ്ങു ഇഷ്ടായി ട്ടോ! പടങ്ങള്‍ അടിപൊളി ആയിട്ടുണ്ട്‌.

aipi said...

Perfect bakes- loved both the recipes!
US Masala

Lavanya Selvaraj said...

Looks wonderful....
I am going to try the cardamom cookies....

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