June 29, 2009

Cinnamon Buns And Sticky Buns

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Cinnamon Bun
glazed cinnamon bun

Sticky Buns
sticky buns with chopped macadamia nuts

The Bread Baker's Apprentice Challenge 8th recipe is for Cinnamon Buns and Sticky Buns. After reading the recipe for the caramel glaze, I couldn't resist making the sticky buns. I halved the rolled dough and the slices from one half dough went into a 9-inch round cake pan, the bottom layered with ¼ inch of the caramel paste and a few tablespoons of chopped macadamia nuts (I ran out of pecans). I love this gooey caramel glaze, it is very good.

Cinnamon Buns
the caramel was bubbling like magma while baking

Cinnamon Bun
sticky gooey goodness

The other half of the dough was mistakenly divided into 8 portions and placed on the baking pan too far apart. I wanted thick cinnamon buns but it was already cut and they came out a little bit thin. Oh well, I can always bake another batch and make them into gigantic cinnamon buns. And the good thing is they become crispy when toasted and sinfully indulgent if paired with David Lebovitz's Salted Butter Caramel ice cream...it's like eating an open-face ice cream sandwich, sooo addicting.

Cinnamon Bun and Ice Cream
toasted cinnamon bun, not just for breakfast anymore...
try it with Salted Butter Caramel Ice cream for a super duper delicious dessert or snack

The recipe does not have a layer of soft butter on the flattened dough before sprinkling the cinnamon sugar mixture. Most recipes I know have at least 2 tablespoons of soft butter for a moist cinnamon bun. But I want to follow the recipe as written so I used just cinnamon sugar and I expected the cinnamon buns to be a bit dry. Thankfully they are not and the bread itself is moist, soft, and delicious. I still prefer them with butter cinnamon sugar combo and I drizzle the insides of the coil with a little melted butter before glazing and eating. I just have to have my butter.:-)

Cinnamon Buns
I leave them bare and glaze them just before serving

flavor 4
texture 5
visual appeal 5
ease of preparation 4
performance 5
worth 4
Total: 27
Average: 4.5


susies1955 said...

I also remember baking cinnamon buns a long long time ago before I tried the BBA ones and they had the butter spread under the cinnamon sugar. I think I like that better.
You did a great job.
Love your photos.
Nice baking along with you,

Joelen said...

Mmm - I'll take my piece with that ice cream!

SallyBR said...

Loved the gooey goodness....

Next time I'll make the sticky buns, as I have never tasted one!

Janice said...

Oh, I so did NOT need to hear how good these are with David's ice cream . . . I'm making these tomorrow and I'm already scheming to get most of them out of the house quickly - too dangerous!

Kelly said...

Holy crap, those sticky buns look AMAZING! I think you've convinced me to give them a try. I think I might get another marriage proposal from my husband if I do. ;)

I thought the omission of butter before the cinnamon sugar was odd, too. I'm afraid it's all going to spill out after cutting them. Peter's the expert, so I'll stick with the recipe - the first time!

oggi said...

Susie, me too, I like it with the extra butter.:)

Joelen, yes, but I warn you, it's highly addictive.:)

SallyBR, sticky caramel, yummy.:)

Janice, too dangerous. LOL.

Kelly, thanks. The sugar did spill out but only a little, I scooped them up and sprinkled on top.

Mags said...

You made both! Geeze... now I want to go back and try it again with the sticky bun recipe. Great job Oggie!

haleysuzanne said...

Oh, wow. I want some of those sticky buns! I know I've got to make my own this week, but it would be much better to just eat the delicious ones you made. The caramel sauce looks so sticky and gooey and perfect!

Cindy said...

Wish I'd read your post before I made mine this morning. Macadamia nuts! What a great idea. I also made half cinnamon and half sticky and concur that the sticky buns were amazing. Your photos were gorgeous!

PheMom said...

I love the idea of macadamia sticky buns! Both versions look amazing!

oggi said...

Mags, you have to try the sticky.:)

HaleySuzanne, they stick everywhere but very yummy.:)

Cindy and PheMon, the macadamia goes very well with caramel but I also love pecans on sticky buns.:)

strangerkiss said...

I think I just drooled a little on my keyboard...I hope you're happy ;-)

These look fantastic. I hope my turn out well this weekend. I'm shooting for making the cinnamon/sticky buns and the ciabatta this weekend.

I can only hope they come out as well as yours!

oggi said...

Strangerkiss, thanks. You're funny.:D

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