Saturday, September 29, 2007
Daring Bakers September Challenge: Cinnamon Buns
When I saw that this month’s challenge was going to be Cinnamon Buns, I laughed.
Although I have never had cinnamon buns before, I share with these yeasty treats a funny story. It all started less than two years ago, my hubby and I were entering the mall when I started feeling nauseous: “The smell of cinnamon is so strong today, almost repellent.” I told him. “ I don’t smell anything.” He replied, noticing that I really wasn’t feeling good. "Are you pregnant?” he asked joking.
A few days went by and I confirmed that I was indeed pregnant, and yes cinnamon buns were my free pregnancy test before the real revealing test. For the next nine months I couldn’t stand the smell of cinnamon and avoided to go pass cinnabon as much as possible.
Thankfully my repulsion for cinnamon faded away after I had my daughter and I was really excited to make cinnamon buns for the first time, as I love everything that involves yeast and kneading.
I made the buns earlier this month, as I knew I would be pretty busy later when moving out of our apartment.
I didn’t want to add any nuts or any other spice to the dough because I wanted to experiment the authentic taste of the buns.
The dough was wonderful to work with though I didn’t expect it be that soft. I preferred to use whole milk instead of buttermilk, and didn’t want to make sticky buns because nor my husband and I are adept of caramel glaze.
The smell of cinnamon buns in my kitchen was just fabulous, and they tasted wonderful as well. In fact I loved them so much, I ended up making another batch two days later. I glazed some of the buns and kept the others plain to dunk in my mug of milk.
But something intrigued me in the recipe: the quantity of fondant glaze was just too much. I still have half of it in my fridge.
So what to think about my first cinnamon buns experience? Well baking it twice gives you an idea of how much I loved it. The recipe is already in my repertoire and I even added a note to myself next time I make it: “Add more cinnamon, it wasn’t strong enough”.
Thank you Marce for the recipe and for this marvelous choice. And be sure to head over to her blog for more details on the recipe.