Cast Iron Cinnamon Buns
Why This Recipe Works
Fluffy, golden-brown cinnamon buns with sweet filling and gooey icing are the ultimate treat, but between mixing, kneading, rising, shaping, rising again, baking, and icing, they can take a whole lot of effort and time—usually more than 3 hours for a batch. To make this recipe more accessible, we reevaluated the leaveners. For a quicker rise, we supplemented the yeast in the dough with baking powder. A mere 2 minutes of hand kneading and a single 30-minute rise were enough to give the extra-leavened dough long-risen flavor and texture. Our cast-iron skillet guaranteed a perfectly browned exterior on the rolls without any risk of overcooking the centers. Brown sugar and butter in the filling and a touch of vanilla in our tangy cream cheese glaze made these buns ultrarich and indulgent despite the accelerated prep time.