Saturday, September 29, 2007

Daring Bakers September Challenge: Cinnamon Buns

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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.

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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.

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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.

44 comments:

Orchidea said...

Nice... they look delicious!
Ciao.

Gloria said...

They looks wonderful, I loved them.Thanks

Hilda said...

That is pretty funny that that was your pregnancy test. They look marvelous, I took pretty lame pictures this time, it was crazy enough making a bread product for the first time.

slush said...

They look delish! Great job! xo

Dolores said...

Cinnamon as a pregnancy test. Who'd have thought!

Congratulations... gorgeous buns!

Marce said...

They look awesome, Rose. I´m very glad you like the recipe. There´s tons of other things you could do with the dough too, I´m planning on exploring different options soon. I think I´m gonna post the recipe a bit earlier than midnight here so that readers on earlier time zones don´t miss it.
Oh and I loved your pregnancy test anecdote, it´s very funny.

Quellia said...

Hehe what a tasty pregnancy test!
Good work on the challenge!

Anh said...

Oh Rose, congratulation!.. Pls take care when you move as well, ok?

Your buns look really good! I made cinnamon buns only as well. However, since I was a bit sick, I couldn't really taste the cinnamon :(

Nora B. said...

Rose, when I initially read your post, I thought that you wrote that you are NOW pregnant. I almost wanted to comment "congratulations", then I re-read the post and saw that you were talking about what happened more than 2 years ago. LOL! I'm glad that you are no longer aversive to cinnamon aroma. I love cinnabuns and yours look utterly delicious! I want some now.

Lydia said...

So glad your reaction to cinnamon is now a positive one -- it would be a shame to miss out on baking these wonderful cinnamon buns. I think the aroma of warm yeasty bread with cinnamon is one of the most alluring scents in the kitchen.

Lis said...

Awww what a cute pregnancy story! I'm curious now.. does your daughter like cinnamon?

Your rolls turned out just gorgeous, Rose!

Good luck in the move!

xoxo

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

That is a great pregnancy test!
The buns are lovely.

Claude-Olivier said...

J'ai du en manger a los angeles et je me souviens de ce goût si agréable. je note cette recette et bravo pour tes photos! biz

Peabody said...

Cute story about your pregnancy.
Great looking buns too.

marion said...

so lovely :) congratulations for this first and successful try !!!! THey look really good and I wish I could take one to dip in my tea this morning !
Thanks for the little story of cinnamon test :))))

KJ said...

Your buns look great. I too thought that there wasn't enough cinnamon.

Dagmar - A Cat in the Kitchen said...

Haha, what a funny pregnancy test! :-) The buns look great. I agree on that there was too little cinnamon in the buns.

Laura said...

More cinnamon for me too please! Your first bun experience looks like a delicious one. I cut way back on the fondant glaze as I only made half cinnamon buns and my daughter disappeared with the leftovers!

Anne said...

Loved the story! :) Although I'd hate to be sensitive to cinnamon for nine months! Great looking buns!

winedeb said...

So funny, as I am going thru my blogs today, so many of you are doing the bakers challenge! You folks are making me so hungry for buns! But...I am not a baker at all, so I am enjoying everyone's submission.
What a great post Rose and your cinnamon buns look lovely!

kellypea said...

Excellent photographs! And I love the story about finding out you were pregnant. I couldn't stand the smell of Chanel No. 5 with my first pregnancy, which used to be my favorite fragrance (I still can't stand it after three children and many, many years...).

Congrats that your first time making the rolls turned out so beautifully!

Rosa said...

I love cinnamon buns - they remind me of Canada! I am working up the courage to apply for membership with the Daring Bakers. It looks like so much fun.

Maryann said...

They look great :)

breadchick said...

What a great story about the smell of cinnamon. Your buns are lovely looking and you did a great job Rose as usual.

Chris said...

Great job!

Anh said...

*Geez* I must have been sleeping yesterday reading your post. Lucky I checked back and realised how wrong I was. Funny story Rose and sorry for the my stupid mistake!

Dharm said...

Great story and great buns too! I agree that I'd have liked more cinnamon and there was too much icing as well. But this was a grat challenge and you did it so well too!

anita said...

Love your story! The photos of the buns are gorgeous!

Tartelette said...

Great read again Rose! The buns look awesome and so plump...if only my hand could reach across the screen!

Belinda said...

That's a cute cinnamon story...and I'm so glad you came around to loving cinnamon again after your little girl's arrival. :-) Your cinnamon rolls look really lovely, and I like your idea of leaving a few unglazed to just enjoy for their nice subtle flavor and texture.

Jenny said...

Cute story. And speaking from someone who has a history with caramel, you really should try the sticky buns... they are easier than I expected, for sure.

Ivonne said...

That's such a cute story, Rose! Lovely buns!

the pastry princess said...

your buns are such perfect spirals! and so plump! cute cute story..thanks for the smiles

Deborah said...

This was a great recipe, wasn't it!! I guess when we decide to have kids I will have to take trips to the mall for that free pregnancy test!! That was too funny!

mima said...

tr�s belle photos ;ces bugnes ou brioches semblent tr�s app�tissants.j'imagine que ton introduction est tr�s interressante aussi mais en toute franchise je n'ai pas tout compris !!je n'irais pas jusqu'� te dire de traduire ;les recettes le sont c'estd�j� bien ;et de cette fa�on je m'efforcerais � travailler mon anglais.good luck pour votre nouvel home .congratulation et pleins de happy day!!!biz

Annemarie said...

Lovely buns - I hope you shared them with an appreciative family, and that your previous little bun-in-the-oven enjoyed the cinnamony flavor.

Amy said...

Hehehe pregnancy can do some funny things. Great job on the challenge, they look great!

Anne said...

Your buns came out lovely...glad you liked the challenge. I too agree with you about the icing, it was way too much.

marias23 said...

Wow! I'm having bun envy now. Yours rose so wonderfully! *pouts*

Aoife said...

Good that you've recovered from your cinnamon aversion. The buns look fantastic!

Baking Soda said...

Love your pregnancy test, so much more romantic than the stick test. Now over to sticky ehh cinnamon buns, glad you made them, they look so good

Julie said...

I know a few women who've had that adverse reaction to cinnamon when they were pregnant. I wonder what it is.

I love to dunk my cinnamon buns in milk, too! Wish I had one of yours to dunk right now ... oy.

Jerry said...

Oh I forgot to post on yours, I'm truly sorry, but they look yummy and delicious!

june2 said...

These look fabulous. I really intensely dislike sticky buns and somehow, most cinnamon buns also seem so goopy and wet with filling and icing that they are inedible for me. These are absolutely PERFECT! Thank you!