Buns were originally baked in the seventeenth century and are
still a favorite in London—also called London Buns. The rich
dough is rolled around a cinnamon sugar filling, then baked and
drizzled with icing. Currants, raisins or chopped nuts add a
great texture and flavor and may be added to the brown sugar
filling. Fiori di Sicilia is the secret to the “bakery”
cups fat-free milk, warmed to 110°
packages rapid-rise yeast
unsalted butter, melted
drops Fiori di Sicilia
& Sugar Filling
dark brown sugar
tablespoons ground cinnamon
(8-ounce) package cream cheese
ounces confectioners' sugar
cup whipping cream
dough: In an extra large bowl, whisk the milk, sugar,
butter, eggs, salt and Fiori di Sicilia. Use a wooden
to stir in the flour. Complete mixing with hands and
in the bowl to mix in any remaining flour. Knead for 2
2. Set dough in an
extra large bowl and spray with oil, cover
a damp cloth. Turn oven on to 200°, when you can feel
turn oven off. Place bowl in oven, let dough rise 1 hour
3. Punch dough
down, flour a clean counter top or an extra large
Roll the dough out to a 20 x 14-inch rectangle.
Use a pastry brush to spread butter evenly over the
dough. Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon in small
spoon to spread cinnamon sugar evenly over dough even
to the edges. Start rolling at one end and pinch ends as you
to keep sugar from falling out. Sprinkle end with water
pinch to seal. Cut into 16 slices. To accomplish this, cut
roll in half and continue cutting in half until you have 16
Arrange in two 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pans. Eight
fit in each pan in two rows of four.
5. Place back in
the warm oven, let the rolls rise 30-45 minutes
until double. Remove, then preheat oven to 350°. Bake
pans for a total of 25 minutes.
In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter
mixer. Turn down to the lowest speed and slowly beat in
sugar, then beat in cream. Let rolls cool about 5 minutes.
icing in a plastic bag, snip the end and drizzle over
tops of the rolls.
These freeze especially well. To reheat: microwave for
minute or less. To take to a friend, keep in baking pan.
enough to give half to a friend or 16 rolls