Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Cinnamon Buns (BBA Challenge)

Cinnamon buns were the focus of this week's Bread Baker's Apprentice Challenge and dare I say that I nailed this one! I'm not one to brag, but dang, these turned out much better than I had ever anticipated. I've tried so many cinnamon roll recipes in the past and suffered such dismal failure, that I'd basically given up and just resigned myself to buying the Pillsbury Whack-A-Dough (the refrigerated ones in a can.)

The secret to my success, you ask? Well, I finally broke down and bought a digital scale and instead of measuring my ingredients in cups and spoons, I'm now an official baker-geek and I'm measuring in grams and ounces. And in addition to discovering greater accuracy, I've also noticed that I'm dirtying less dishes. I just slap one big bowl up on the scale and start dumping. Is that great or what?
I made just a few minor changes to Mr. Reinhart's recipe. I didn't have any lemons or lemon extract so I used about a half a teaspoon of Fiori Di Sicilia, a lovely citrus/vanilla flavoring from King Arthur Flour. I also used just a drop of it in my glaze.

And instead of the recommended cinnamon and sugar filling mixture, I used King Arthur's Baker's Cinnamon Filling. I've been dying to try this stuff in cinnamon rolls. It's wonderful. (I noticed that they're currently out of it, however.)

I've eaten two of the twelve. Hubby had two. Molly had one. The rest went into the freezer with my brioche and my fat pants. What am I going to do with all these fattening breads you guys?

18 comments:

Linda said...

BWAHAHAH on the "fat pants"! :))

Beautiful photos, and I love the little wisp hanging off the rolls in the 3rd picture--that would be the no-calorie piece, right?

Jen @ MyKitchenAddiction.com said...

Looks so delicious! I love cinnamon buns. Yum!

Barbara Bakes said...

Wish I had one of your delicious rolls right now for dessert!

The Missing Piece said...

Pure perfection! And welcome to baker-geekdom ... scales rock!

zurin said...

oh this looks os goood ! where can I get the recipe please?

susies1955 said...

Beautiful! You make me want to bake them again BUT I have so much baked stuff here right now it is ridiculous. :)
I have that same flavoring on hand and have used it in buttercream icing before. It is super.
I use the scale I have for weighing rolls and braids but haven't really gotten into weighing ingredients. I bet it is faster. :)
Great job and super nice baking along with you as always,
Susie

Donna@MomMentions said...

These look wonderful! I am going to have to try the scale, thanks for the idea!

Lone Acorn said...

Buns are looking so beautiful and tempting. I am almost hungry. Can't wait to have a a bite of those.

Kelly said...

Gorgeous! I can't wait to make mine this weekend. I hope they come out as beautifully as yours. Elastic waist pants, here I come!

Nicole said...

These look SO good! I'm making Ciabatta this week, but can't wait to get to the cinnamon rolls!!!

Cindy said...

Welcome to the dark side of baker geekdom. Scales are so much better. Your buns are gorgeous. Next time try the sticky buns. They rock!! I made them this morning and am now begging my husband to take them into the office to save me.

ATigerInTheKitchen said...

Just gorgeous...congrats!

Sara said...

Looks awesome!!!!! Totally gorgeous...I still need to make the cibatta, but can't wait to get to cinnamon rolls!!!

Mags said...

(((Everyone))) Thank you so much for your kind comments!

SallyBR said...

Those are simply spectacular!

Congrats, you did a fantastic job!

oggi said...

Picture perfect cinnamon buns!

I admire your self discipline because I had already eaten most of the buns...can't control myself...it's just too yummy.:D

misterrios said...

What a great idea with the Fiori Di Sicilia. I totally wanted to add Vanilla to mine, but restrained myself because I wanted to bake "by the book"

The Purple Foodie said...

Gorgeous looking buns. I love them!