In the kitchen:: cinnamon knot

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Cinnamon and spice and all things nice to get us into the Christmas spirit. I love how this looks, and could imagine adding some sprigs of holly to give it a Christmassy touch. Definitely one to make to eat alongside your Irish coffee over the next months.

You will need:

:: 2 cups plain flour
:: 1/2 teaspoon of salt
:: 1/3 cup of lukewarm milk
:: 1 envelope of dry active yeast
:: 1/8 cup melted butter
:: 1 egg yolk
:: 1 tablespoon sugar

For the filling:

:: 1/4 cup softened butter
:: 4-5 tablespoon brown sugar
:: 3 teaspoon cinnamon

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What you will need to do:

:: Preheat the oven to 220 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
:: Mix the yeast and sugar with the lukewarm milk and let it sit until the mixture starts to bubble up.
:: Add the egg yolk, the melted butter, flour and salt and knead the dough until it forms a ball.
::Place the dough in a large greased bowl and the cover and place in a warm area until the dough has at least doubled in size.
::Roll out the dough until about 1cm thick and then spread the filling mixture over the dough.

:: Roll the dough and then cut the the log in half, length-wise.
:: Twist the two halves together, making sure the sugar layers are on the outside.
:: Then round the dough to make it into a round/knot like effect.

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:: Brush the remaining melted butter on top and sprinkle with sugar. 
:: Bake for 30-35 minutes until golden brown. Make sure you reduce the temperature to 180 degrees after 5-10 minutes so the sugar doesn't burn.

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I'm not sure whether the yeast actually helped, as I've made a great cinnamon roll recipe that doesn't use it. I think I'll be using this yeast-free recipe next time as it's quicker and keeps the dough softer.

Staycation:: South Devon

Life:: as it stands II