This week’s baking went really well. I made Quick Cinnamon Buns with Buttermilk Icing from Cooks Illustrated and they were delicious!! They were biscuit style buns, so they didn’t have to rise like traditional cinnamon buns. Hence, the “quick” in the name.
You make the buns by spreading the dough out on the counter in a rectangle and putting a layer of cinnamon and clove filling on top. Then you roll the dough into a log and cut it into eight equal pieces. Mixing the dough together was a snap, but things got more complicated when it came time to knead and spread the dough. My dough was a little wet, and it kept sticking to my hands and the counter. I was pretty frustrated for most of the process, and I kept having to add more flour. When it came time to roll the dough into a log, I ended up with a stretched out uneven log that had a couple holes in it from where the dough had stuck to the counter.
Needless to say, my buns did not look very pretty once I got them all into the pan, but a strange thing happened. I turned around to put something away, and when I came back, the baking-fairy had magically massaged the buns into looking like real cinnamon rolls. I am pretty sure this is cheating, but what can you do when the baking-fairy makes an unexpected visit.
I made a super rich buttermilk glaze to go on top, and we ate them fresh out of the oven. They were amazing!! They were still good two days later when we had a second round warmed for breakfast. This is a recipe I will be repeating!
Things I learned from this recipe:
- Sticky dough is one of the most frustrating things in the kitchen.
- The baking-fairy can’t keep from “fixing” your baked goods. You must keep an eye on him at all times.
- Clove is not as strong as it smells. I was really concerned that the cinnamon buns would taste like clove buns because they smelled very strongly of clove, but after baking they had a really pleasant cinnamon flavor.
- Anything that basically fries in 4 tablespoons of butter while it bakes is going to taste like heaven!