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.
“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.
Photo 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
- 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
- In a large bowl, add water, 1 Tbsp sugar, and yeast. Mix and allow yeast to proof for 10 minutes.
- 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.
- Add the egg to the milk & butter mix and whisk to combine. Pour mixture into the large bowl containing proofed yeast. Mix well.
- Add half of the flour. Mix until well combined.
- Gradually add the remaining flour, mixing until a soft dough forms.
- 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.
- Punch down dough. Knead 5 times to deflate large air pockets.
- Divide dough in half. Roll each half into a rectangle. Spread with 2 Tbsp of softened butter. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
- 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.
- Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on wire rack.
Make the dough.
Shape the buns and let them rise.