1/4-ounce package yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup scalded milk (I heated it up in the microwave for 1 minute)
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter or shortening
1 teaspoon salt
3 1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour (I ended up using about 3 cups)
1/2 cup melted butter, plus more for pan (1/2 cup was more than enough)
3/4 cup sugar, plus more for pan (3/4 was more than enough)
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
3/4 cup raisins, walnuts, or pecans, optional (the nuts added a nice crunch)
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water and set aside.
In a large bowl mix milk, sugar, melted butter, salt and egg. Add 2 cups of flour and mix until smooth. Add yeast mixture. Mix in remaining flour until dough is easy to handle. Knead dough on lightly floured surface for 5 to 10 minutes. Dough will be very sticky at first but will come together with kneading.
Place in well-greased bowl, cover and let rise until doubled in size, usually 1 to 1 1/2 hours. This is when I watched Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.
When doubled in size, punch down dough. I patted mine down with my finger tips. Roll out on a floured surface into a 15 by 9-inch rectangle. Spread melted butter all over dough. Mix sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over buttered dough. Sprinkle with walnuts, pecans, or raisins if desired.
Beginning at the 15-inch side, roll up dough and pinch edge together to seal. Cut into 12 to 15 slices (12 slices yielded a decent sized bun per person). I'd recommend rolling it into a tighter roll because the dough will stretch.
Coat the bottom of baking pan with leftover butter and cinnamon sugar mixture. Place cinnamon roll slices close together in the pan. I'd recommend spacing them apart and not touching so they have room to expand in the oven. The circular dish seemed to keep a rounder shape of the buns than the square ones which turned into rectangle buns!
Bake for about 30 minutes or until nicely browned. My oven took 25 min and overbrowned the tops :( so keep an eye on it!
Flip buns over onto a plate so the goodness on the bottom comes out. Drizzle with your favorite glaze or frosting recipe.