Christmas is the season for baking! There’s nothing sweeter than a warm kitchen full of heavenly aromas. We LOVE spending snowy days baking gifts for friends & family. Great Grandmother’s baking tins have a way of transporting us back to simple times when baking was part of the every day routine. We love this recipe because it’s a quick, easy treat for any occasion or as a gift. We even gave a loaf to our mailman! 😀 Of course you can make these any size you please; we like them mini because they’re cute (and easy to share)!
To begin, you will need some buttermilk dough. We’ve shared our favorite buttermilk bread recipe below from our lovely friends over at Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. You can easily make this dough ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator.
Start by rolling out the dough into a ~1/4in thickness, using flour to prevent sticking.
Butter, then sprinkle cinnamon sugar evenly across the dough and add some raisins if desired – (Ben loves the flavor & texture the raisins add). Roll and pinch the seam to seal the dough.
Cut into 1 1/2in pieces and place in a greased loaf pan. No need to be precise – they will rise and turn out beautifully no matter what! (: Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350ºF and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown. Top and serve with a warm glaze if desired.
Buttermilk Dough (Yield: One 1lb loaf)
- ½ cup lukewarm water
- ¼ cup buttermilk
- ¾ tsp. yeast
- ¾ tsp. salt
- ¾ tsp. + a pinch sugar
- 1 ½ cups + 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
- Mix the water, buttermilk, yeast, salt and sugar in a bowl or lidded (not airtight) food container.
- Mix in the flour, without kneading until it is all incorporated.
- Cover (not airtight) and allow to rest at room temperature until doubled, approximately 2 hours.
Cinnamon Roll Loaf (Yield: 4-6 servings)
Prep time: 15 minutes | Bake time: 30 minutes
- 1lb buttermilk dough
- Flour, for dusting
- Butter, softened
- 3 tbsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp. sugar
- Raisins, optional
- Roll out the dough into a 1/4in thickness, using flour to minimize sticking.
- Butter the dough, leaving 1/2in around the sides. Mix the cinnamon and sugar, then sprinkle over the buttered dough. Sprinkle the raisins on the dough (optional).
- Roll the dough up as you would for cinnamon rolls. Pinch the seam to seal the dough and cut into 1-1 1/2in pieces.
- Place the pieces in a greased loaf pan. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve with a warm glaze if desired.
Enjoy! Merry Christmas!
Ben & Miranda