Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Baking is My Therapy - Cinnamon Buns

For the past ten months, I have become a master of procrastinating. I am especially good at procrastinating when I have various papers/projects/reading assignments due and I am so stressed that I am losing sleep. This is the time I pull out all my baking supplies and waste even more of my valuable time.

I have also found out in the past ten months that baking can be very therapeutic. I realize that baking is not conducive to any sort of healthy living diet....at least not the recipes I make....but it relaxes me.

And so here goes.

I love baking from this recipe book.

The Cinnamon Buns are delicious.

To start you need to make the dough. Heat the milk (1quart), vegetable oil (1cup) and sugar (1cup) in a medium saucepan over medium heat; don't allow the mixture to boil. Set aside and cool to lukewarm.

Sprinkle the yeast (4.5Tbsp active dry yeast) on top and let it sit on the milk for approximately 1 minute.

Add 8 cups of flour. Stir until the mixture is just combined, cover with a clean kitchen towel, and set aside in a place that is room temperature for about 1 hr.

Add the baking powder (1tsp), baking soda (1 tsp), salt (1tsp), and the remaining cup of flour. Stir until combined. The recipe guru (this isn't me just fyi) says that you can use the dough right away or put it in the fridge for up to 3 days. Give the dough a punch if it rises.

Now it's time to put the rolls together. Roll the dough out on a floured surface. It should be rectangular in shape.

To make the filling for these bad boys, pour 1 cup melted butter over the dough, and spread evenly.

Spread 1/8cup ground cinnamon and 1 cup sugar over the butter. It should be noted that I used way more than this quantity on my cinnamon buns.

Here's the hard part. Starting with the end farthest from you, roll your sugar/butter/cinnamon rectangular shaped glory toward you.

This is the therapeutic part. It is an excellent lesson is patience to roll an especially long log of dough. Especially if your dough has a mind of it's own which mine did.

Pinch the seam together when you are finished.

At this point it should look like one big, long log of doughy, sugary, deliciousness.

Cut the roll into 1.5 inch slices.

Pour a few tablespoons of melted butter into your pie pans. Place the sliced rolls onto your pie plates.

Preheat the oven to 375 and while your oven is preheating throw a towel over your rolls and let them rise for 20 minutes. After that, bake the rolls for 13-17 minutes or until golden brown.

While they are baking I made the icing that the recipe book called for. I highly recommend it. It's a maple icing and it is fab.

In a large bowl, whisk 2 pounds icing sugar, 1/2cup whole milk, 6Tbsp melted butter, 1/4cup coffee, and a dash of salt.

When it is mixed, add 1Tbsp maple extract. Whisk until smooth and add in more of the previous ingredients to taste.

Take the rolls out of the oven, pour on the maple icing,  and let them sit for a few minutes.

These cinnamon buns are slightly labour intensive but relatively easy. This is the first time I have ever made cinnamon buns and I thought they were really good. The Pioneer Woman is such a great cooker/baker/writer. I am obsessed with her website/blog: http://thepioneerwoman.com/. Her recipe book is also very user friendly (and very Boyfriend friendly).

These babies did not last long. YUM. The perfect therapeutic treat.

Happy baking!


1 comment:

  1. I have never made cinnamon buns before! My mom made them about once a week when I was growing up, and I think I am afraid to make them now, because I don't think they will ever compare to hers. I will have to give these a try. I love The Pioneer Woman! Her other book ("From High Heels to Tractor Wheels") is so good ... not the type of book I would normally read, but I am so glad I bought it.