There’s a number of challenges I’ve fallen off the bandwagon with lately. My favourite of which is the Daring Bakers Challenge. Last month I was absolutely determined that I’d jump back in. Well, I did the challenge. But I didn’t get around to getting the blog done in time. ‘Better late than never’ has been my motto lately, so I figured I’d pop these recipes up belatedly. Cinnamon is certainly one of my favourite things on this planet, so skipping it felt like a crime.
The challenge was of course cinnamon rolls. Shelley from C Mom Cook dared us to create our own dough and fill it with any filling we wanted to craft tasty rolled treats, cinnamon not required! They are one of my favourite things on the planet. There are so many varieties it was so hard to choose any given one. So in the end I went with one very traditional, and the other not so traditional.
First of all, the traditional. A cinnamon scroll. Not gonna lie, I could eat one of these every day of the week. There’s nothing quite like a home made cinnamon scroll. And besides, while I’ve posted cinnamon twists and knots, I’ve never blogged about the basic bun.
It starts off with a very basic dough. The only dissatisfying thing about baking bread is the agonisingly long time you have to wait. This one takes 2 hours for the first proof, so plan to hang around the kitchen waiting a while.
Once the first rise is over we roll out the dough into a long rectangle(ish) shape. Rolling out things into a neat shape is certainly a skill I’ve never acquired.
The it’s time for the filling. For this I’m using a basic brown sugar and cinnamon mixture I use for just about everything cinnamonny.
Then it’s time to roll it up and cut the scrolls. Now, everyone has a preferred method, but this is the one I have found to be fool proof. It’s essentially the same way I layer my cakes.
First I mark the roll every 4cm down its length. Then I take my piece of string and wrap it around the log. All you have to do it pull it tight (as if tying a knot) and the string will slice through the dough. The log itself will barely move it’s that smooth a process (great for rolls with squooshy fillings).
Pop them on the tray for a second rise, then it’s time to bake. The smell of these scrolls baking is maddeningly divine. For the last 15 minutes of the bake the smell drew out my sister and my partner out, who then spent that time basically circling the kitchen asking if they were ready yet.
The hardest part was getting them to leave some so I could take pictures the next morning. I will admit that exercising my own restraint was almost as challenging.
Now, these buns are pretty sweet so I’m not into glazing them. But if you want it by all means go for it. I drizzled a little icing here made from icing sugar and lemon juice mostly for effect.
The next day they were still fresh and yummy, but they do become slightly dense after cooling completely.
Easy settled by throwing them back in the oven or microwave to reheat, which brings back that gorgeous stringy pull-apart texture I so love in a cinnamon bun.
For the next bake I decided to go as far away from the traditional as possible. I toyed with the idea of different flavour combinations, but when I hit the part about biscuit doughs being allowed I just had to hit the cookie path.
These are very similar to swirl cookies I’ve made previously, but with a cinnabun twist.
In this case we’re only making the vanilla dough. I made a whole batch of vanilla, but feel free to just do the half if you don;t want piles of cookies.
Much like the cinnabuns we roll the dough out into a rectangle. I trimmed one edge just because you want a nice flat edge to get a really smooth swirl through the cookie.
Before rolling, spread the cinnamon sugar mixture all over, much like with the cinnabuns. But in this case you’ll want to be a bit more pedantic about making it as even as possible, making sure it gets as close to the edge. I ended up tripping it again on the smae side to make sure the cinnamon was properly touching the centre.
Then you only have to roll it up and chill it for a while.
All that’s left to do it to cut it and bake!
Now, normally I am a huge lover of cookies straight out of the oven. My it must be said that these vastly improve with age.
At first they tasted fairly mild and I was unconvinced about how successful the bake was. But after a day the cinnamon flavour had really infused throughout the cookie and they were absolutely addictive!
Here’s how to make your own!
|90g caster sugar
1 tsp salt
80g unsalted butter, room temperature
1 free range egg
1 tsp grated lemon rind
450g plain flour
7g (1 sachet) dry yeast
270ml buttermilk, room temperature
50g butter, melted
|Cinnamon Swirl Cookies
|200g butter, softened
2/3 cup (150g) caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups (375g) plain flour
40g butter, melted