Breads (Yeast) - Buns/Rolls

Twisted Cinnamon Buns (Yudane Method)

June 28, 2020 | Recipe by Bake with Paws
Twisted Cinnamon Buns

Twisted Cinnamon Buns

Inspiration and method of shaping is adapted from here.   This bun looks nice, but I still prefer the original shaping of Cinnamon Rolls.  You can get my Cinnamon Rolls recipe here

Yudane method is quite similar to Tangzhong (water-roux) method.  Both methods are scalding method. For the Yudane method, boiling water is used to scald the flour instead of cooking over the fire.    Please click here to see the differences between  Yudane vs Tangzhong Method. 

I have other Yudane Method recipes that you may like to try too.   Yudane Method Bread recipes.

It is advisable to read the following notes before starting baking.


For kneading, please regard the timing provided as an indication only. It is only meant as a guide.  Timing may differ depending on the brand of flour and electric mixer used. The protein content may vary from one brand of flour to another.

Some have experienced the dough breaking during the second proofing.  If that happens it is due to over kneading.  Please stop the machine and check your dough during the final cycle of kneading to ensure that you don't over knead. Every machine is different and there is always a chance of over-kneading when using a machine. You may need to adjust this timing and stop as soon as you reach the window pane stage.  This happen especially to Yudane dough method.   I noticed that it is harder to achieve a very thin window pane  with Yudane method dough. 
The right flour plays a very important role in bread making.  Usually bread flour content around 11.5 - 13.5% protein, while high gluten flour is around 13.5 - 14.5%.  All purpose flour content less protein around 9 - 11%.  To achieve fluffy, soft and light bread, I used Japan High Gluten Flour in most of my bread baking.  Sources from here and here.

The liquid measurement given is also a guide.  It is advisable to always reserve some liquid and not add it all in one go.  This would give you the opportunity to adjust if necessary. If dough is too dry, add the reserve liquid one tablespoon at a time until the right consistency.  This is because each flour absorbs water and hydrates differently. 

Please note that the proofing timing may also vary depending on your climate and environment. The humidity and temperature at your place will influence how dough rises.  
If you are unable to judge by just looking at the dough, you can do the finger poke test:
  1. First Proofing:
    • Lightly flour or oil your finger or knuckle, gently poke in the centre of the dough then remove your finger.  If it bounces back immediately without any indentation then it needs more time.
    • If the indentation stays and it doesn’t bounce back or if the dough collapses, then the it is over proved.  
    • If it bounces back just a little, then the dough is ready to be punched down and shaping.
  2. Second Proofing:
    • Lightly press the side of the proved dough with your finger.  If it bounces back immediately without any indentation, it means the dough is under proved and needs more time before baking.
    • If the indentation stays and it doesn’t bounce back, it means it has been over proved.
    • If the indentation slowly bounces back and leave a small indentation, it is ready to bake. 
    • There will be a final burst of rising once the bread is placed to bake in the oven and it is called oven spring. 
If your bread collapses or gets wrinkled on top after removing from oven, it could be because your dough over proved during the second proofing. Please proof your dough until it just reaches or is slightly below the rim of the pan.

Do also note that the baking temperature and timing provided are what works for my oven and should also be regarded as a guide only. Every oven behaves a little differently, so please adjust accordingly for your oven.

If you have any questions regarding this recipe or any other post, please leave me a comment in the “LEAVE A COMMENT” link and I will reply you as soon as possible.

Recipe - Twisted Cinnamon Buns (Yudane Method)

Yields:  17 buns


For Yudane:
100g bread flour (I used Japan High Gluten Flour)
100g boiling water

Main Dough:
400g bread flour (I used Japan High Gluten Flour)
2 1/4 tsp instant yeast
3 Tbsp (36g) brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
40g butter
250 fresh milk or full cream milk (reserve 15g and add in later if the dough too dry)

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
100g brown sugar (please add more if you prefer sweeter)
100g butter, room temperature

2 muffin trays


  1. 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.
  2. For Bread:
    1. Put all ingredients together (except butter) and including yudane dough (tear into pieces) into the bowl of a stand mixer. Using the paddle attachment,  mix until all ingredients incorporated for about 2 minutes. Change to hook attachment and knead for about 3 minutes until the dough comes together.  Add in butter and continue kneading for another 10 minutes until the dough comes together, become elastic, tacky but not stick. I did not check window pane stage for this baking.  I noticed that it is harder to achieve a very thin window pane  with Yudane method dough. It could be due to the gelatinization of its starch.  It is fine if your window pane is not very thin as long as you have kneaded the dough long enough. During the whole kneading process, I stopped few times to scrape down the dough from the hook to be sure it is evenly kneaded and also to prevent the motor from overheating.
    2. Let the dough rise in a warm place for 45 - 60 minutes or until doubled in size.  I usually left it in the same mixing bowl and covered the bowl.
  3. Filling:
    1. Combine butter, cinnamon powder and brown sugar in a mixing bowl. Whisk until slightly fluffy with a hand whisk.  Set aside.
  4. Shaping:
    1. When the dough doubled in size, punch it down.  Roll out on a floured surface into a rectangle roughly about 68cm x 38cm. 
    2. Spread the filling evenly on the dough. 
    3. Starting with the widest end, fold it into thirds like a letter. 
    4. Trim both ends with a knife and cut into 17 sections about 4cm width. 
    5. Cut each section with a knife twice down the length to get three strands.  Plait the strands and tuck in both ends to become a knot.  
    6. Place the buns into muffin trays.  Please remember to grease your tray if it is not a non-stick tray. 
    7. Let it rise until doubled, about 45 to 60 minutes. 
  5. Baking:
    1. Preheat oven to 200C (top and bottom heat) or 180C (fan-forced mode) about 10 - 15 minutes before baking.
    2. Bake at preheated oven for 10 - 12 minutes.  I baked this bun for 10 minutes in my oven. Please monitor closely as we do not want the buns to be over baked. (I baked 12 minutes on my first attempt and the burns turned out a bit dry)
    3. Remove buns from oven and tray. Let the buns cool completely on a rack.  Sprinkle some icing sugar before serving (optional).



  1. Wow, how cute are these! Looking forward to trying out the recipe :)

    1. Thank you.. But, just bear in mind this one looks nice and cute. But, the original cinnamon rolls shaping is better because this one tend to get dry easily if you over baked it.

      Cheers :)

  2. Hi! Been looking at all your bakes and recipes and love to try! One question though... Why do we need so many variation of recipes and proportion for diff bread? Can we use just one basic dough that we like and shape/fill as want? Am confused with so many types of dough though. (I have tried your TZ dough with many diverse, and looking forward to try this Yudane method).

    1. Hi, thanks for asking and looking through my recipes.

      Of course you can stick to one basic dough that you like and do whatever shape or bread that you wish. There is no restriction in baking.

      Different method yield difference type of texture and aroma.
      I personally prefer Yudane method.

      Cheers :)

    2. Thank you!
      I tried a yudane cinnamon using your recipe and it is great! Thank you!

      Will you try a matcha roll bun please? Instead of a loaf?

    3. Hi, You are most welcome.

      Matcha roll bun? Can you send me a picture?

      Cheers :)

  3. Hi. How do I convert this using SD levain instead of instant yeast.

    Thank you

    1. Hi, thanks for reading this post.

      I have some other instant yeast recipes in my blog. You may want to use this:

      You may want also search under RECIPE TABS and search for instant yeast bread.

      Cheers :)


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