Princess Leia Cinnamon Buns

Princess Leia Cinnamon Buns3

One of my sisters is a huge Star Wars fan and insisted on watching the new film on opening night (yes, this post is a month late). I had only previously seen Episode III and clips of Episode IV, but was curious about the hype, so I joined in on the family movie night. Like everyone else on Earth, I knew the basic story-line and a few monumental scenes, as I so well demonstrated a few years ago in a round of Draw Something.

IMG_0067“Who’s yo daddy?”

I did not walk out of the theater a newly converted Star Wars fan, but I thought the acting and visuals were incredible. I fell in love with one character the moment it appeared on screen: the roly poly BB-8 droid! Ro of Nerdy Nummies made these adorable and delicious-looking BB-8 cake pops.

On the other hand, the movie successfully turned both of my sisters into super Star Wars nerds. To celebrate the beginning of the sequel series, I made them some cinnamon buns…Princess Leia Cinnamon Buns.

394-heathered_charcoal-z1-t-they-call-me-darth-bakerPhoto credit: Look Human

The recipe is adapted from The Frugal Girl. She has great photos demonstrating the technique for forming the twisted coils. You can add a glaze or frosting for added sweetness.

Princess Leia Cinnamon Buns

Yield: 15 buns

Ingredients:

  • 1 pkg. (2 ¼ tsp.) active dry yeast
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ cup sugar, divided
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3 ½ cups flour + extra for flouring surface
  • Cinnamon sugar: ¼ cup sugar + 1 Tbsp cinnamon

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, add water, 1 Tbsp sugar, and yeast. Mix and allow yeast to proof for 10 minutes.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, add milk, the remainder sugar, ¼ cup butter, and salt. Heat in the microwave, stopping every 10 seconds to mix, until butter almost completely melts. Let cool for a few minutes to prevent scalding the yeast.
  3. Add the egg to the milk & butter mix and whisk to combine. Pour mixture into the large bowl containing proofed yeast. Mix well.
  4. Add half of the flour. Mix until well combined.
  5. Gradually add the remaining flour, mixing until a soft dough forms.
  6. On a floured surface, knead the dough for at least 5 minutes to form a soft and smooth dough. Place in an oiled bowl, cover, and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  7. Punch down dough. Knead 5 times to deflate large air pockets.
  8. Divide dough in half. Roll each half into a rectangle. Spread with 2 Tbsp of softened butter. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
  9. Cut the dough into 1” wide strips. Twist each strip and form into a coil. Place on greased baking sheet. Cover and let rise until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
  10. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on wire rack.

IMG_2776Make the dough. 

Princess Leia Cinnamon Buns4Shape the buns and let them rise.

Princess Leia Cinnamon BunsBake ’em.

Princess Leia Cinnamon Buns2Tada!

Princess Leia's New BunsLeia approves.

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