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Food for the Soul: Overnight cinnamon buns

Try this fantastic recipe for overnight cinnamon buns with a maple cream cheese glaze, shared with Active Retirees by Lucy Lord from her cookbook Food for the Soul.


225ml milk
1 tbsp active dried yeast
90g granulated sugar, plus 1 tbsp
550g strong white bread flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla bean paste (or use vanilla extract)
2 large eggs
75g butter, melted

For the filling

6 tbsp butter, at room temperature
180g soft dark brown sugar
2 tbsp ground cinnamon

For the maple cream cheese glaze

120g cream cheese
3 tbsp butter, at room temperature
75g icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla bean paste (or use vanilla extract)
4 tbsp maple syrup
pinch of salt


1. Gently warm the milk in a pan until it’s ‘bath-water warm’, then pour into a jug and add the yeast and the tablespoon of sugar. Stir to mix and then leave to activate for 5 minutes, or until it goes foamy.

2. Put the flour, cinnamon and salt into a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the 90g granulated sugar, vanilla, eggs and melted butter and then pour this into the bowl of flour along with the activated yeast milk. Mix with a spoon until a dough forms.

3. Turn out on to a lightly floured surface and knead for 8–10 minutes until a smooth dough is formed and the dough is no longer sticky. Transfer this dough to a clean and lightly oiled bowl, then cover with cling film and leave to rise in a warm place for about 1 hour, or until doubled in size. Meanwhile, grease and line a 30 x 20cm baking tray with non-stick baking paper.

4. Without disturbing the risen dough too much, roll it out on a lightly floured surface to a large rectangle, about 40 x 60cm. Spread the softened butter all over the dough rectangle, leaving an unbuttered 1cm border on all sides. Mix the sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle this all over the dough, using your fingers to press it into the butter.

 5. Starting at a long edge, tightly roll the dough up like a Swiss roll, pinching at the end to seal and keep a tight roll. Use a very sharp knife to score and then cut the roll into 12 slices, each about 4cm thick. Trim off any loose ends.

6. Place the rolls in the greased baking tray, cover tightly with cling film and place in the fridge overnight, or for at least 12 hours.

7. When you are ready to bake, remove the cinnamon rolls from the fridge, uncover and allow to come to room temperature for about 1 hour. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan

8. Bake for 20–25 minutes until starting to turn golden around the edges and the dough is firm to touch and hollow when tapped with a wooden spoon.

9. Make the cream cheese glaze by combining everything with a hand-held electric whisk in a small bowl.

10. Remove the cinnamon buns from the oven and whilst they are still warm and in the baking tray, generously spread the glaze over the top. Enjoy warm or keep for 2–3 days in an airtight container at room temperature or up to 5 days in the fridge.



• If you have a stand mixer, use the dough hook attachment to mix and knead the dough.

• These can be frozen once baked or after the first proving; allow to defrost overnight in the fridge and then bake as above.


Food for the Soul | 7 April 2021 | $29.00 | Trade Paperback

Over this past year, creating, cooking and baking has reignited a sense of community and connection which was taken from so many of us over the pandemic, and it remains to be one of the only things in our modern day not fully replaced by technology.

Whether you have 15 minutes or an hour to spare, this gorgeous debut cookbook from Lucy Lord will reignite your love for cooking, help you get creative in the kitchen, and redefine your relationship with food.

Be it a two-minute-smoothie in the morning to get you going before work, or a thick slice of banana bread on a lazy weekend catch-up with friends, the recipes in this book are simple but special. Dig in and discover that happiness really is homemade. Packed full of flavours, textures and creations, Food for the Soul has over 80 recipes from sweet to savoury and everything in between. Lucy provides a whole chapter of her

signature no-more-shit-salads, plus breakfasts, mains, smoothies, cocktails, baking and no food rules (in fact, she actively encourages you to break them!).

Create, share, make a mess and then start all over again - it’s good for the soul.


Lucy Lord’s food philosophy is simple: if it makes you happy, you should eat it. Originally from the UK but now settled in Australia, Lucy is known by her Instagram following for her deliciously healthy recipes – packed with fresh ingredients and full of flavour, yet accessible for the average office worker or busy family. Food for the Soul is her first cookbook.