Ranch Recipe: ‘Ulu Cinnamon Buns

Retail Manager Linh Phu (who also happens to be a very talented chef!) shared with us her delicious recipe for cinnamon buns using ‘ulu. 

‘Ulu Cinnamon Buns
Serves around 10 people.


12 oz bread flour
1# ulu puree
1/4 cup warm water (or milk for a richer dough)
2 teaspoon instant yeast
1/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
4 tablespoons butter, softened
1 tablespoon salt

4 tablespoons butter, melted
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon

8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla


Combine water (or milk) and yeast in a large bowl.  Let sit until foamy then add everything but the butter.  Stir until combined.  Slowly mix in the softened butter.  Turn it onto a floured surface and knead until it forms a smooth, slightly tacky dough, adding more flour if necessary to prevent it from sticking.

Place the dough into a greased bowl, cover, and let rise until doubled in volume, about 1.5 hours.  Punch down dough and roll into a 16″ x 22″ rectangle.  Brush the melted butter over the surface and sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the top.

Starting from the long end roll the dough into a log, creating a spiral of the cinnamon sugar in the center.  Cut the log into 1″ pieces.  Place the pieces cut side up on a baking sheet, leaving 1/2″ space around each one.

Cover and let rise until doubled in volume, about 45 minutes.  Preheat oven to 350F.  Bake cinnamon rolls for about 40-45 minutes or until golden brown.  Let cool to room temperature.

Meanwhile place cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla in a food processor and process until smooth.  Top rolls with the frosting.