Make it // Cinnamon buns
October 26, 2011
I love how foods, like songs, can vividly transport you back to a time or place. Cinnamon buns do that for me with our year spent in Canada. I don’t get that nostalgic feeling too often though as it is hard find buns made the North American way with cream cheese icing in bakeries here in the UK.
I’ve been meaning to try them out at home but have been quite daunted by the various recipes I’ve come across and the idea of making a sweet dough for the first time. The time had obviously come to tackle them however, when this month's Fresh from the oven baking challenge was posted: Cinnamon buns.
Claire from Things We Make shared her recipe, which sounded great, but I decided to investigate further in my quest for cream cheese icing. I stumbled across a fantastic blog, which has become a firm favourite – Foodness, written by Vancouver-based dietician, Jenn – and from her cinnamon buns post I knew this was the recipe to try. It is by Molly Wizenberg for Bon Appetit magazine.
The only word I can really use sum up these buns up is heavenly. Truly heavenly. I was really quite worried they wouldn’t live up to my memory, but I have to say I was very impressed with the first attempt! Aside from the hassle of converting US measurements, the recipe isn’t difficult and yields a wonderfully textured dough, perfectly moist filling and the most delicious icing. To save on a few calories – although lets be honest, you’re most likely past caring when one of these babies passes your lips – I omitted the butter from the icing and really didn’t miss it.
I’m so glad the Fresh From The Oven challenge pushed me into finally trying them out - I’ll definitely be making this recipe again. Find the full recipe here.