Sourdough cinnamon buns

Use a sourdough starter to make these moreish cinnamon buns. It adds a contrasting tang to the classic sweet and sticky flavours. Top with a soft cheese icing, if you like

  • Prep:1 hrs
    Cook:40 mins
    plus overnight proving
  • More effort

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 452
  • fat 16g
  • saturates 10g
  • carbs 69g
  • sugars 32g
  • fibre 2g
  • protein 8g
  • salt 0.8g


  • 200g active white sourdough starter
  • 350g strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 50g wholemeal flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 50g golden caster sugar
  • 200ml warm milk
  • 1 egg
  • 50g butter, softened, plus extra for the tin
  • 150g light brown sugar
  • 125g butter, softened
  • 2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 100g soft cheese
  • 150g icing sugar
  • ¼ tsp vanilla paste or extract


  1. Make sure your starter is active – it should be nice and bubbly. If it isn’t, feed it and wait until a tsp of the starter floats in warm water.

  2. Tip all the ingredients for the dough, except the butter, into a bowl and mix with your hands to form a shaggy dough – make sure all the flour from around the bowl is mixed in. Leave the dough in the bowl, covered with a damp cloth, for 30 mins.

  3. Work the butter into the dough with 1 tsp salt. Once fully combined, tip the dough onto a surface and knead gently for 5 mins until smooth and springy. Form the dough into a ball and sit back in the bowl. Cover and leave somewhere warm-ish for 3-4 hrs until the dough has just about doubled in size.

  4. Meanwhile, make the filling by beating together the sugar, butter, cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Set aside at room temperature to keep soft.

  5. Butter and line a square baking tin – smaller tins (20 x 20cm) will hold nine buns, larger tins (25 x 25cm) will hold 12. Tip the dough onto a floured surface and roll it to a rectangle roughly 50 x 25cm. Spread the filling over the rectangle so it’s completely covered. Roll the dough along the long edge into a tight swiss-roll type sausage. Cut your dough into pieces and arrange them, spiral side-up, in the tin. Leave for 1 hr at room temperature, then cover and leave in the fridge overnight.

  6. Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Cover the tin with foil and bake on a baking tray (this will stop any leaking mixture dripping into your oven) for 30 mins, then remove the foil and bake for 10-15 mins more to brown slightly.

  7. Meanwhile, mix the golden syrup with 1 tbsp boiling water. As soon as buns come out of the oven, brush them generously with the syrup, then leave to cool a little. Lift the buns out of the tin while still warm and leave to cool on a wire rack. To make the icing, beat the soft cheese, sugar and vanilla until thick but drizzly. Drizzle over the buns when completely cool.

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