Cozy up your kitchen with a giant cinnamon bun

The scent of a freshly baked cinnamon bun unfailingly invites a smile, but when a single giant bun is pulled from the oven, applause is in order.

As we say goodbye to warmer temperatures, what better way to start preparing for the coming colder weather than binging on comfort food? And there’s nothing more comforting and homey than the delicious aroma of cinnamon filling your home.

Get the whole family cheering with this delicious new take on a classic morning — or anytime — treat by
Canadian Anna Olson, a renowned pastry chef you’ve probably seen on The Food Network.

Start preparing the dough the day before so it can firm up overnight. For best results, bake using a convection oven. Convection baking promotes a perfectly golden-brown crust since the amplified circulation of this feature coaxes the best “lift” from the dough, so it rises evenly as it bakes.

Giant Glazed Cinnamon Bun

Prep time: 25 minutes, plus rising time

Cook time: 50 minutes

Serves: 12





• 3 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

• 2 tbsp granulated sugar

• 2 ¼ tsp instant dry yeast

• 1 tsp fine salt

• ½ cup hot water

• ½ cup cold 1% milk

• 2 large eggs, room temperature

• ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature, cut in pieces



• ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature

• 1 cup brown sugar, lightly packed

• 1 tbsp ground cinnamon



• 1 cup icing sugar

• 2 tbsp 1% milk

• ½ tsp vanilla extract



1. For the dough, measure flour, sugar, yeast and salt in a stand mixer bowl. Stir hot water and milk together in a small container. Add milk mixture and eggs to bowl and start mixer on low, letting it go for a minute or two until dough is almost combined. Add butter, a few pieces at a time, while mixer is on. Increase speed one level and continue mixing until dough looks smooth, about 6 minutes.

2. Transfer dough to an ungreased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let sit on the counter for an hour. Refrigerate overnight (6 to 24 hours).

3. For the filling, beat butter by hand to smooth it out, then add brown sugar and cinnamon, beating well.

4. Grease a 9-inch springform pan. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and roll into a 12x18-inch rectangle about ½ an inch thick. Spread filling over dough.

5. To make the giant spiral, cut dough lengthwise into four strips. Roll up one strip from the short side. When you reach the end, overlap the end with the short end of the next strip and continue rolling up into a spiral. Repeat with the last two pieces of dough so you have one giant spiral.

6. Place spiral into pan and flatten dough with your palm so it almost reaches the edges. Cover pan with a tea towel and let sit on the counter for about an hour until the bun fills the pan — you’ll see the centre pushes up a little when it rises.

7. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C), or, if using a conventional oven, preheat to 375°F (190°C). Bake for about 50 minutes, until a rich golden brown. Cool on a rack for 30 minutes, then remove from pan before glazing.

8. For the glaze, whisk icing sugar, milk and vanilla together until smooth. Use whisk to drizzle glaze over bun. Let set for 15 minutes before slicing into wedges to serve.

Enjoy this with a steaming cup of espresso or mug of hot chocolate while you dream of the coming spring.

— News Canada