- 1/2 cup very warm water
- 1/2 tablespoon yeast
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon melted butter OR cooking oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/4 cup cold butter
- 1/2 cup white and/or brown sugar (depending on your preference!)
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon flour
Pour water in large bowl and sprinkle yeast and tablespoon of sugar over the surface. Allow to sit for a few minutes to get foamy. Add in butter (oil) and salt. Start stirring in flour (I just use a big wooden spoon), and continue adding until a stiff, but still a bit sticky, dough ball forms. Place dough in a greased or oiled bowl and cover with a tea towel. Place in a warm place (e.g. your oven at its lowest setting is fine) and let rise for 15 minutes.
While that’s happening, combine cold butter, 1/2 cup sugar, flour, and cinnamon in a small bowl and cut together using a fork, a pastry cutter, or your fingers. You’re forming a buttery streusel-y type material here. Set that aside. Whip up a batch of your favorite glaze or frosting.
By now, your timer’s probably gone off, so grab your bowl of dough and punch it down. It won’t be super-puffy, and that’s totally fine. Press the dough into a greased 9″ round baking pan. (If it keeps “shrinking” on you, just let it rest for a few minutes, then try again.) Sprinkle the “streusel” mixture all over the surface of the dough. No need for a second rise here. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 8-10 minutes. Pour glaze over the rolls or frost.
Note: The streusel topping is really sweet so unless you have a super sweet tooth I would cut the recipe for that in half.