The easiest recipe for Cinnamon Swirls you will EVER find! by SJV
I’ll admit it. I’ve NEVER made a pastry that works. Too crumbly. Too wet. Too hard. Too sweet. Too salty. I’ve tried them all, and NONE is a patch on the pastry my Mum used to make for her homemade mince pies and jammy plates every year. But you know what? I’ll get over it. Cause there are masses of ready-made ready-roll on the shelves of supermarkets up and down the country, and they are a wonderful wonderful thing for lazy bakers like me.
So, to celebrate the brand new Heidi Swain novel, Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls at the Winter Wonderland, I bought a packet of Ready Roll Puff and set about making some Cinnamon Swirls using this, the EASIEST recipe you will ever find!
- 50g butter (room temperature)
- 50g demerara sugar
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1 pack of Ready Roll Puff Pastry (375g)
- 1 beaten egg
- extra sugar for sprinkling
- 2 tbsp icing sugar
- few drops of warm water
- Preheat your oven to 180°c and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
- In a bowl, mix together the butter, sugar & cinnamon until well combined.
- Roll out your puff pastry and put it back on the paper it comes wrapped in. Don’t worry about uneven edges!
- Use a spoon to gently spread the cinnamon filling all over the pastry, leaving a 1cm gap at the edge of one of the longest sides.
- Using the pastry’s paper, gently roll the pastry (so it looks like a log), leaving the 1cm gap to seal the swirl by lightly pressing in place.
- With a sharp knife, cut the pastry into sections around 2cm thick. You should trim the ends of the pastry to keep each swirl even & neat – but I didn’t bother.
- Place each swirl onto the baking tray with a bit of space between them to allow them to expand whilst they bake.
- Use the beaten egg to lightly coat each swirl and sprinkle a little sugar over them. Leave them to rest for around 20-30 minutes.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix the icing sugar with a little warm water to create your icing to drizzle on top of your cinnamon swirls.
- Remove the cinnamon swirls from the oven and whilst still warm and on their baking tray, drizzle the icing over them (using as much or as little as you like).
- Once cool enough to touch, transfer to a wire rack to cool completely or, as I did, eat hot and burn your tongue!