Cinnamon Rolls (Cinnamon Buns) Recipe

Cinnamon buns

  • makes 6
  • Easy

We like big buns, and we cannot lie! So we got the recipe for this chocolate-drizzled cinnamon roll from East London’s newest Danish bakery, The Bread Station. Do bear in mind that this recipe requires extra proving time



  • butter 30g
  • whole milk 150ml, warm to the touch
  • fresh yeast 15g, crumbled (or use a 7g packet of dried yeast)
  • caster sugar 50g
  • salt 1 1/2 tsp
  • strong white bread flour 240g, plus extra for dusting


  • marzipan 50g, cut into small pieces
  • caster sugar 50g
  • butter 50g, softened
  • ground cinnamon 2 tsp
  • dark chocolate 50g


  • Step 1

    Melt the butter by stirring into the warm milk then pour this mix over the crumbled yeast in a large bowl. Add the sugar and salt and then mix in the flour until it comes together as a dough. Knead for 5 minutes until smooth, then leave it to rise for 40 minutes.

  • Step 2

    To make the filling, mix the marzipan with the sugar in a food processor or mixer until the sugar is incorporated. Add the butter on low speed until it is all mixed together.

  • Step 3

    Lightly flour the worksurface then roll the dough out to a square approximately 20cm x 20cm. Dot the filling over the dough evenly then spread all over. Sprinkle the cinnamon on top.

  • Step 4

    Roll the dough up like a swiss roll until all the filling is enclosed. Cut into 6 pieces with a very sharp knife. 

  • Step 5

    Put the buns cut-side up on a large baking sheet. Cover with a loose sheet of clingfilm and leave for another 40 minutes.  

  • Step 6

    Heat the oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Just before baking gently press down on each bun to flatten them a little. Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden and puffed. 

  • Step 7

    Melt the dark chocolate over a pan of simmering water or in short blasts in the microwave. Let the buns cool before drizzling with the dark chocolate to finish. 

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 417
  • Fat 17g
  • Saturates 9.8g
  • Carbs 56.4g
  • Sugars 25.4g
  • Fibre 3g
  • Protein 8.1g
  • Salt 1.5g