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Cinnamon Sourdough Honey Buns

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These cinnamon sourdough honey buns are soft and buttery with a sticky sweet filling.

A collage of cinnamon sourdough honey buns with text overlay.

The edges get a nice crispy texture that melts in your mouth. And the honey caramelizes in the pan and on the bottom of the buns. Yummo!

A pan of cinnamon sourdough honey buns.

My Sourdough Is About To Turn 15 Years Old!

What better way to celebrate than with a new recipe? This is not a complicated recipe; my philosophy has always been “less is more.” It’s amazing what you can transform your sourdough starter into with just a few simple ingredients.

A close-up of cinnamon sourdough honey buns.

This Recipe Uses a “Rich Sourdough.”

A rich dough or rich sourdough is a dough made with butter, milk, and sometimes eggs. Rich doughs are more tender and flaky. They are typically used for sweet breads and desserts. Think of all the fun you can have with this dough!

Add apple butter and pecans to celebrate fall or cranberries and walnuts for a winter treat. The yummy combinations are endless!

A close-up of one cinnamon sourdough honey bun.

A tray of cinnamon sourdough honey buns.

Cinnamon Sourdough Honey Buns

Cinnamon Sourdough Honey Buns

Yield: 20
Prep Time: 1 day
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 day 30 minutes

A traditionally fermented and naturally leavened sourdough cinnamon bun sweetened with real honey.

Ingredients

For the sourdough buns:

  • 217 grams (1 1/2 cups) bread flour
  • 210 grams (1 1/2 cups) whole wheat flour
  • 125 grams (1/2 cup) sourdough starter at 100% hydration
  • 56 grams (1/4 cup) melted butter
  • 200 grams (7/8 cup) whole milk (preferably raw)
  • 10 grams (1 1/2 teaspoon) salt
  • 80 grams (1/4 cup) honey

For the filling:

  • 113 grams (1/2 cup) softened butter
  • 160 grams (1/2 cup) honey
  • 20 grams (3 tablespoons) ground cinnamon

Instructions

The Night Before

  1. Mix the sourdough bun ingredients together either by hand or in a stand mixer. Knead the dough in the bowl until it's smooth and supple. It will be fairly sticky. Cover the bowl and let the dough rest overnight at room temperature.

The Next Morning

  1. Mix the filling ingredients together into a spreadable paste. Set the filling aside. 
  2. Turn the dough out on to a floured surface and pat it into a circle. Cinnamon Sourdough Honey Buns
  3. Roll the dough into a large rectangle about 1/3 inch thick. Use just enough flour so the dough won't stick to your work surface. Check the underside often to make sure it's not sticking. Cinnamon Sourdough Honey Buns
  4. Spread the filling evenly over the dough, leaving about 1/2 inch of space around the outside. Cinnamon Sourdough Honey Buns
  5. Starting at the top, roll the dough into a tight cylinder. Use a sharp knife to cut 20 equal sections. Cinnamon Sourdough Honey Buns
  6. Place the buns into a buttered baking dish. Cinnamon Sourdough Honey Buns
  7. Cover the buns and let them rise in a warm spot (I use the oven with the light on) until they have doubled in size. Cinnamon Sourdough Honey Buns
  8. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Bake the buns uncovered for 25 to 30 minutes. They will be golden brown and puffy when done. Cinnamon Sourdough Honey Buns
  9. Serve the buns warm from the oven or reheat them in a low temperature oven when needed.

Notes

A reader recently commented that she tried to bake these buns on a sheet pan and that they spread out and became flat and crunchy. Please make sure you use an appropriate size pan so the buns will be touching each other after rising. This way they will stay soft and chewy!

Michal

Friday 8th of January 2021

Hi Courtney, I made these from my beloved rye sourdough. They are a huge hit with everyone in the family :) I have two questions: the dough was on the sticky side and although I used more flour on the surface I had a hard time rolling it especially with the filling inside (I used a plastic scraper to help me as I rolled). I used white spelt and whole spelt flours. Maybe I need to adjust the milk quantities? Also, do you think maple will work here instead of honey? Can it be substituted? Thanks, Michal

Butter For All

Saturday 9th of January 2021

Hi Michal!

That sounds amazing! I'm so glad to hear they were a success. You are 100% right, whenever you change flour, always adjust the liquid as needed! And yes, you can sub maple syrup, it's delicious!

Thank you for the feedback!

Courtney

Cookinfromtheheart

Friday 24th of July 2020

Excellent recipe!! I totally spaced using bread flour and mistakenly used AP instead...They turned out great! This is a keeper

Butter For All

Friday 24th of July 2020

Hi Cook!

Thank you so much for the great feedback! I really appreciate your kind words :)

Courtney

Diane McClelland

Wednesday 3rd of June 2020

Can I make the dough at noon, let it rise until around 8pm, put together the cinnamon rolls and put them in the frig - then let them rise in a warm spot in the am? Thank you.

Butter For All

Sunday 7th of June 2020

Hi Diane,

Yes, that should work!

Katelyn

Tuesday 12th of May 2020

Hi there! This looks delicious! Just wondering if I could substitute almond or oat milk for the whole milk? Thoughts? Thank you!

Butter For All

Wednesday 13th of May 2020

Hi Katelyn,

Absolutely, either of those should work! Enjoy!

Courtney

Nikki Evans

Thursday 19th of December 2019

These turned out amazing! I didn't have wheat flour so I doubled bread flour and still, wow. I did have them rise for several hours which I think really helped since the weather is freezing. But wow!

Butter For All

Thursday 19th of December 2019

Hi Nikki,

I'm so happy you liked them! Yay! Thanks for the nice feedback :)

Courtney

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