I can’t believe that it’s almost half way through December already! Time flew by so fast this year. It actually still feels surreal to me that I’ve only been back to Vancouver for a few months.
Last year, I was living in Taiwan and it was such a culture shock for me when the holidays came around. Christmas and Thanksgiving were definitely not as popular of a celebration there and I worked on both days!
So this year I’m really treasuring my time with family and friends over the holiday season. To start off, I decided to introduce to the cinnamon friendship bread.
Why is it called friendship bread?
Well, it’s because all the buns are connected into a circle and each person can pull off their piece.
My friends love my cinnamon buns so this was the perfect way to re-invent the wheel…by making it literally wheel shaped I guess.
If cinnamon rolls and pull-apart bread had a baby, this would be it. It’s ooey-gooey on the inside with the fun of being able to pull it apart.
- 2½ teaspoon active dry yeast
- ½ cup warm milk of choice
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1½ cups bread flour (all purpose works as well)
- pinch of salt
- 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
- ⅔ cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- In a large bowl, combine the milk, yeast and brown sugar. Mix everything together and let it rest for 8 minutes until it begins to foam. Add in the oil.
- Sift in the salt, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and bread flour. Add in the yeast mixture and stir until a dough forms.
- Knead the dough for 15 – 20 minutes on a lightly floured surface until elastic. Return the dough into the large bowl and cover it with a tea towel. Place the dough in a warm place for 1½ hours until it doubles in size.
- When the dough is ready, punch it down on a lightly floured surface.
- Roll the dough out into a rectangle and spread the melted coconut oil/butter on top. Then sprinkle on the cinnamon and brown sugar on top and roll it up into a log.
- Connect the two ends of the log together and pinch to connect them. Slice the ring along the outside edges into 1″ thick slices for the rolls. Leave ½" of space between the slice and the inside of the ring or they will disconnect. Lay the rolls down so that they form a circle. Let the rolls rise for 1 hour.
- When the buns have risen, bake them in the oven at 350F for 25 – 30 minutes until golden brown.