Cinnamon Rolls

by - August 03, 2018

My step daughter has returned for her summer holidays; whenever she is here I try to bake things for her that she will enjoy. She was so delighted when she came across the Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls in my baking book, “Low Sugar Bakes and Cakes,” and told me that cinnamon rolls are her favourite. 

Recently, I have been baking lots of bread using the ‘Yudane’ method and so I thought it would be interesting to try making the cinnamon rolls using this method as well. Yes, the result was indeed very pleasing – the bread itself came out very moist and soft, yet was not too sweet. It complemented the cinnamon mixture and cream cheese frosting very well!  

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Cinnamon Rolls Recipe - Yudane Method


For Yudane:
100g bread flour
90g boiling water

For Bread:
330g bread flour 
2 tsp instant yeast
1 3/4 tbsp (18g) brown sugar
1 3/4 tsp salt
17g butter
245 fresh milk or full cream milk (start with 210g of milk and reserve 35g/2 tbsp to add in 
slowly if the dough too dry)

For Filling:
2 tsp cinnamon powder
30g brown sugar (please add more if you prefer sweeter)
30g butter, soft 
80g raisins

Baking pan (12 ½ “ X 7 ¾” or 32cm X 20cm) 

For Low Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting:

150g cream cheese, room temperature
50g butter, room temperature
55g icing sugar
1/8 tsp salt
¼ tsp vanilla extract

Sea salt (optional)


For Yudane:

  1. Add bread flour in a bowl, pour the boiling water and mix well with spatula or spoon.  
  2. Cling film and place in the fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight.  
  3. Take out from the fridge 30 minutes before using to return to room temperature.

Note:  I made the yudane dough 4 hours before and left it outside instead of in the fridge. It works too.

For Bread:

  1. Line the baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Put all ingredients into the bowl of stand mixer. Using the dough hook, knead until the dough comes together and is beginning to become elastic and tacky, but not sticky. Tacky dough behaves sort of like a Post-it note, sticking to a surface but peeling off easily. It takes around 15 minutes.  If the dough is too dry, add 1 tablespoon of milk at a time or vice versa, if you find the dough too wet, add 1 tbsp of flour at a time.
  3. Let the dough rise in a warm place for 60 minutes or until double in size in a large greased bowl, covered with cling film or kitchen towel.
  4. Combine cinnamon powder and brown sugar in a small bowl. Set aside.
  5. When doubled in size, punch down dough. Roll out on a floured surface into a rectangle (21” X 10.5”). Spread melted butter all over dough. Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar mixture over buttered dough then sprinkle some sea salt. Starting with the widest end, roll the dough into a log like swiss roll. Pinch to seal seams. Trim both ends with a string floss or thread.  Divide dough into 12 equal sections and cut the dough with a string floss or thread. Place the rolls in a prepared baking pan.
  6. Let it rise until nearly doubled, about 45 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 180C.  
  7. Bake at preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes.
  8. Remove rolls from oven and immediately pipe the cream cheese frosting over warm rolls.

For Cream Cheese Frosting:
  1. Cut the butter and cream cheese into cubes. Set aside.
  2. In a bowl of electric mixer, beat cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, salt and vanilla extract until smooth with the paddle attachment. 
  3. Transfer the frosting into a piping bag fitted with Wilton 8 round tip.

Note:  The balance of the cream cheese frosting can be stored in the freezer for up to couple of months.  

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  1. Hi,
    for step 2, when u said put all ingredients into the stand mixer’s bowl, it means to add Yudane dough in as well? Thks

    1. Hi Cindy,

      Thank you for dropping by. Yes, add Yudane together with all the ingredients.

      Cheers & happy baking :)