Last year we sadly lost the one and only Princess Leia in the form of Carrie Fisher. In honour of her, here is a recipe to recreate her famous hair buns in cinnamon rolls.


For the dough:
180 ml warm milk (110°F)
2 1/4 teaspoons active yeast (1/4-ounce package yeast)
50 gr granulated sugar
1 egg plus 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
58 gr unsalted butter, melted
420 gr bread flour
3/4 teaspoon salt

For the filling:
145 gr dark brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
58 gr butter, softened

For the cream cheese frosting:
115 gr cream cheese, softened
40 gr butter, softened
120 gr powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


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How to bake

  1. Add the warm milk to the bowl of an electric mixer and sprinkle the yeast on top.
  2. Let it stand for a few minutes until the yeast is activated, the yeast will then begin to foam. If it hasn’t, then start over; your milk was either too hot or too cold.
  3. After the yeast is foamed, add the sugar, egg, egg yolk and the butter.
  4. Mix until well combined.
  5. The next step is to stir in the flour and salt with a wooden spoon until a dough begins to form.
  6. Place the dough hook on the mixer and start to knead the dough on medium speed for about 8 minutes.
  7. The dough should form itself into a nice ball and be slightly sticky. (If you don’t want to use an electric mixer, you can use your hands to knead the dough for 8-10 minutes on a well-floured surface.)
  8. Transfer the dough ball into a well-oiled bowl, cover it with plastic wrap and a warm towel. Allow the dough to rise for one hour to 1 ½ hours, or until it has doubled in size.
  9. After the dough has doubled in size, transfer the dough to a well-floured surface and roll out into a 14×9/35x23cm inch rectangle.
  10. Spread the softened butter over the dough, leave a ¼ inch margin at the far side of the dough.
  11. In a new small bowl, mix together the brown sugar and cinnamon.
  12. Use your hands to sprinkle the mixture over the buttered dough, then gently rub it in into the butter a little.
  13. Then roll up the dough tightly. Start from the 9-inch/23cm side.
  14. Place the seam side down. Make sure to seal the edges of the dough as best you can.
  15. Cut into 1-inch sections with a serrated knife. You should end up with 9 large pieces.
  16. Place the cinnamon rolls in a greased and lined with baking paper 9×9 inch/23x23cm baking pan or round 9-inch/23cm cake pan.
  17. Cover with plastic wrap and a warm towel and let rise again for 30 minutes.
  18. Preheat the oven to 350°F/177°C.
  19. Remove the plastic wrap and towel and bake the cinnamon rolls for 20-25 minutes or until they are just slightly golden brown on the edges. You want to underbake them a little so they stay soft in the middle, that’s why we want them just slightly golden brown.
  20. Allow them to cool for a 5 minutes before frosting.

    To make the frosting

  21. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla extract.
  22. Beat until it is smooth and fluffy. Spread it over the cinnamon rolls and serve immediately.