September 30, 2007

Cinnamon Buns for the Daring Bakers

The September Daring Bakers' Challenge was a fun and easy recipe by Peter Reinhart from The Bread Baker´s Apprentice. I have been making cinnamon rolls for years but with my bread maker. I had tried to make yeast breads with my Kitchenaid mixer when I first got it in 90s but didn't have much luck and then got a bread maker a few years later and that was it. It was a real treat to make bread by "hand." The recipe was easy to follow and I never had a point where I worried if I was following the recipe correctly. One thing I learned (it so critical too) is to not roll your dough to thin which I had been doing in the past and having the chewy results mentioned in the recipe.

Here are some pictures of the process. {I just had to get my hand in that dough!}




My rolls ended up being a tad dry. I don't know if I cooked them too long (they were not overly browned) or if the butter content was too low. I will definitely make this recipe again. Thank-you for the challenge Marce.



To see other Daring Bakers' creations go here.

23 comments:

Chris said...

Great job - they look great! Dry? You'd never know by your pics. My second batch turned out drier than the first - not sure why.

Peabody said...

You might have baked them too long if they were dry...mine were anything but.
Great job.

breadchick said...

Nice proof and punch down photo!! Great job, Wendy!!

slush said...

Love your pictures, they look yummy! Wonderful job!

marias23 said...

Lovely! I like the step-by-step! J'adore!

Lis said...

Wendy - aww that's so cool that you broke away from the bread machine! Dry or not - they are absolutely gorgeous, those buns of yours! ;)

Another fantastic job!

xoxo

cupcaketastic said...

These look great, and I know what you mean about getting you hand into the dough, it feels so fine.

Tartelette said...

I cover mine with foil towards the end of the baking time. Yours look great!

Dolores said...

Beautiful buns Wendy. My grandmother's trick for preventing dry buns was to spread a thin layer of butter over the rolled dough before sprinkling on the cinnamon. It also helps the cinnamon stick.

Mine are about ten minutes away from the oven, so I'm also going to employ Tartelette's trick.

Meeta said...

Lovely looking buns. Great job!

Deborah said...

I love that you took a picture with your hand in the dough!! I'm not sure why they turned out dry - but they look great!!

Belinda said...

They look really good to me, and I certainly can't tell they were dry by the photos...they look terrific! :-)

Jenny said...

I guess you'll have to make another batch to see if its the recipe.... hee hee. I have another batch proofing right now, so I am trying to get others to do it too, so I'm not alone in my insanity.

Ivonne said...

Nice buns!

:o)

KJ said...

I thought they were a bit dry as well. I much preferred the sticky buns. Oh well.

Jane said...

Great looking buns.

Jane

Amy said...

Great job! Next time bake them a little less. They don't have to be completely browned. Some of my buns were fairly blonde but baked through and moist and fluffy inside. Good luck!

veron said...

Wow your dough really rose a lot. You and I...we must have baked our buns too long in the oven. It seems there's a very fine line between moist and dry for these little baked goods. I'm with mary, I like seeing your punch down photo.

Aoife said...

I found that they were a little dry the next day, but mostly because they had been sitting out. I like your step-by-step pictures!

Canadian Baker said...

You buns look really nice and I like your process pictures. I also kneaded the dough by hand - very satisfying!

Anne said...

Love your step by step photos. Too bad you said it came out a bit dry but nevertheless it looks pretty good to me :)

Julie said...

They look great, especially the shot of the proofed buns.

I love punching dough down, too. =)

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Great photos. I think several of us had dry issues with the cinnamon rolls. Using this recipe I think all I'd change would be to spread melted butter before I spread it with brown cinnamon sugar. Brown sugar just has more moisture.
My favorite was the stickies!
Wonderful buns.