Saturday, August 14, 2010

thank God for cinnamon buns

My sister is one of my very best friends. She's also a wonderful cook.
She happens to make the best cinnamon buns and the best waffles in the world.
No joke.
I made her cinnamon buns for Egan's birthday since Egan requested them. They are incredible.

I was at a friend's child's birthday party a few years before I became a mother. The time for the birthday cake came, lights were dimmed, candles lit, everyone anticipating in that silence abuzz with excitement about the special event about to take place. In walks the mama, with a big sheet cake decorated in some kind of cartoon character with these huge icing faces and swirls and gobs of plastic smelling goo...I do know lots of people who love store-bought cakes, (and let me tell you here in Calgary Crave makes a dang good cupcake) but I digress -
I hate store bought cakes.
I hate the taste.
I hate the smell.
I hate the ill, pain inducing, glop-sitting-in-the-pit-of-my-stomach feeling after eating even just a small piece of store bought cake. And I even scrape the icing off before I eat it.

I made a vow then and there I would never, ever have store bought cake for my children's birthdays. Done. Outside of ice cream cake from Dairy Queen (but now really, who can top their ice cream cake? I don't even know how I would begin to make an ice cream cake), I have never gone back on this vow. Mmm, homemade cake. But to all the people who love store bought cake, or who love giving their children store bought cake, or who have children who love receiving store bought cake, keep on keepin' on. Jesus loves a giver.

So I've been told I make the best cake. (ah, that's where she was going with this). And so, over the years of searching and finding other amazing and perfect recipes for various things, I have daydreamed about writing a cookbook. I have gathered together all these hand-written recipes from many different places.

And you'd better believe my chocolate cake recipe and my sister's cinnamon bun recipe would be in there. The chocolate cake was also made for Egan's birthday, but that recipe is a post for another day. Enjoy.

Cinnamon Buns

Cinnamon Buns

2 tsp yeast
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup warm water in bowl
wait about 10 minutes until yeast is bubbly.

3 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp oil
1 egg

Knead for about 10 minutes until when you poke it with your finger, the indentation pops back out OR put in kitchenaid mixer on speed 4 with your doughhook for 3 minutes.

Allow to rise until doubled in size.

While rising, make sauce:
In a small pot, bring to boil:
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp corn syrup

(if you feel like gaining a couple of pounds, I sometimes (hardly ever) throw a 1/2 cup of heavy cream in there, makes the sauce not quite as sweet and still super yummy)

Pour sauce in bottom of greased 9x13” pan. Go back to your big fat risen dough.
Punch dough down, and roll it out and spread with butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon.

Roll 'em up and slice into 12 buns (sometimes I do 24 in the same size pan, smaller servings, but they don't turn out as pretty), put buns on top of sauce. Let them rise again.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees C.

Once risen again, bake at 350 for 15-25 minutes, until nice and brown, but not too brown.

When they are done, take them out and invert immediately (place a cookie sheet on top of the pan, then flip the whole kit and caboodle at once).

Now my sister knows I don't like raisins, but if you are making them for someone who does, don't put the raisins in the dough. After you put the sauce in the baking pan just sprinkle them on top of the sauce and then put the buns in.

And wow. Thank you, Lord - I needed to read this today. Thank you to the woman who wrote it exactly 2 years ago.

Enjoy your day! Be still. Eat a cinnamon bun. Or two, or three.

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