Ina Paarman’s Cinnamon Buns

Ina Paarman's Cinnamon Buns

Ina Paarman's Cinnamon Buns

My friend Beverly often makes these quick cinnamon buns and I was keen to try them out. The recipe was developed by Ina Paarman, one of South Africa’s best known cookery writers. These buns use a scone dough as their base so they are yeast free. They taste delicious and are quick and easy to make. I use a mix of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. For me it’s the fragrant nutmeg, you only need a pinch, which gives these the edge. They need to be eaten the same day, as like scones they go stale quickly. If you warm them slightly they are okay for a day or two, but nothing beats them being still slightly warm.

2cups (240g) cake flour
½ tsp (2,5 ml) salt
1tbsp (15ml) baking powder
¼ cup (62.5 ml) butter fridge temperature cut into small cubes
1 extra large egg
½ cup (125ml) buttermilk or plain yoghurt
3-4 tbsp (45-60ml) water

Cinnamon sugar mix
2/4 cup (180ml) soft brown sugar
¼ cup 60ml) of white sugar
1 tbsp (15ml) of cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon (0.6ml) ground cloves or nutmeg
¼ teaspoon of salt
1tbsp of melted butter

Lemon icing
1 cup of icing (confectioners) sugar
zest of one lemon
2-3 tbsp of lemon juice


Pre heat the oven to 190° C
Butter a 22cm cake pan really well and line the base with baking paper.

1) Make the cinnamon sugar. In a small bowl combine the sugars, spices and salt. Add the 1 tablespoon of melted butter and mix with a fork to form a mixture that looks like wet sand.
2) Sift the flour, salt and baking powder together in a large bowl.
3) Toss the butter through and then rub it in gently with the tips of your fingers or a pastry cutter, to form a coarse crumbly mixture.
4) Beat the egg, yoghurt (or buttermilk) and water with a fork and add it to the dry ingredients. Mix with a knife to form soft dough.
5) Roll the dough out on a well floured board to a 35cm x 25cm rectangle. Brush the dough with 2 tbsp of melted butter.


About michoenglish87

A wannabe foodie who loves trying new recipes and trying new ingredients. I hope to inspire people to try new things in the kitchen.
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2 Responses to Ina Paarman’s Cinnamon Buns

  1. F A B U L O U S ! These looks great and what a perfect excuse to have to finish them the day you make them. Your serving platter is exquisite too.
    🙂 Mandy

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