Cinnamon rolls, also known as buns, are both a popular breakfast ingredient and a sweet dessert.

The doughy base is traditionally filled with a spiced sugar paste and covered in a thick, cream cheese frosting.

Making the buns from scratch can be a lengthy process when recipes call for yeast and proving time, but this method by Chrysti, founder of the “Margin Making Mom” food blog requires neither.

She said: “These 30-minute cinnamon rolls don’t require any rise time and turn out soft, fluffy and delicious every time.”

The blogger claimed that they are “incredibly easy to make” with a taste, texture and aroma that’s hard to beat.

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  • 300g self-raising flour
  • 250ml whole milk
  • Two tablespoons of cream (optional)
  • Two tablespoons of butter melted

For the filling:

  • 60g brown sugar
  • Three tablespoons of granulated sugar
  • Two teaspoons of ground cinnamon

For the icing:

  • 57g cream cheese, softened
  • 50g icing sugar
  • One tablespoon of whole milk
  • Half a teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • One tablespoon of butter melted

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Start by preheating the oven to 220C and grease a large round cake pan, approximately eight inches in diameter.

In a large mixing bowl combine the dough ingredients – 300g of self-raising flour, 250ml of milk, two tablespoons of melted butter, and the cream if using. Stir until combined into a soft doughy texture.

Lightly flour a clean surface and turn the dough out onto it to roll into a rectangular shape. This should be the size of a sheet of paper (eight by 10 inches).

When the dough is ready, combine all of the filling ingredients in a bowl, apart from the melted butter, to form a sugary paste. Melt the butter separately and spread over the dough with a pastry brush before layering the spiced filling over the top.

Roll the long-edged side of the rectangle inwards to form a tight tube shape. Then use a sharp knife or a bench scraper to cut into eight fairly uniform pieces. Chrysti said: “I cut the roll in half, then cut those pieces in half, then cut those pieces in half”.

Arrange the individual portions in the greased cake tin and bake in the oven for around 18 minutes, or until the tops are golden-brown.

While they cook, combine all of the icing ingredients in a large bowl and mix until combined. Remove the rolls from the oven and leave to cool for a few minutes before drizzling the frosting over the top.

Serve fresh from the oven as a sweet snack or for breakfast on the go.

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