JeJu

Recession Special Sticky Buns

In dessert, food on 02/02/2009 at 6:02 pm

Cinnabon are the best, Pillsbury, the worst, but hey it’s recession time, so I gotta start making my own to save time and money. Can’t always zip down to Penn Station when I get the craving. The best sticky bun I’ve had recently was in Door County, WI last summer, when we tromped through the mosquito-infested woods one morning to get some at the Swedish campground cafeteria next door. It was totally worth the welts and malaria.

What is it about sticky buns/cinnamon rolls? The perfect blend of soft QQ with spice? For me, it’s the cinnamon-y goodness. Home remedies use cinnamon to combat diarrhea and morning sickness; as a carminative – an agent that helps break up intestinal gas, it could be the next revolutionary Beano. Besides its antiseptic and astringent properties, it is also a well-known blood thinner (coumarin), so maybe a more flavorful aspirin is on the way. Cinnamon enhances the ability of insulin to metabolize glucose, even without its presence, helping to control blood sugar levels. Though I don’t think it counts if you are diabetic and eat it alongside desserts. Cinnamon would only help convert that glucose into its stored version, glycogen. But if you’re a marathoner, maybe you should gorge a cinnamon-laden meal with sticky buns the night before. It could improve your performance!

When it comes to baking, I like shortcuts, which means, use someone else’s dough. I also usually leave much of the icing and filling on the plate, so this is a less sweet version.

Ingredients:
1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted
1/3 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
other fillings: raisins and chopped pecans (I like mine without), or crumbled bacon for a savory bite

1 package (2 sheets) frozen puff pastry, defrosted or Trader Joe’s pizza dough, rested at least 30min before use

GOO
1/2 stick butter
6 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp molasses
1 ⁄ 4 cup heavy cream or buttermilk

Goo: Melt together butter and brown sugar. Remove from heat, let cool, and whisk in molasses and cream. Set aside.

Filling: Mix cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg and whatever else you like  in small bowl.

Buns: Preheat oven 350 degrees.

Lightly flour surface. Unfold one sheet of puff pastry with folds going left to right, or roll out Trader Joe’s dough 1/3″ thick. Brush with melted butter. Sprinkle brown sugar/cinnamon mix. Roll up, seam side down. Slice roll into equal pieces, each about 2 inches wide. Place each piece, spiral side up in oiled muffin cups, or if you like pull-aparts, place rolls with edges just touching on a cookie sheet. Repeat with the second sheet of puff pastry if you’re using that.

Bake for ~20 minutes until golden. Invert onto cooling rack with parchment paper underneath. Drizzle goo on top (try also the cream cheese frosting with 1 tsp orange extract from our red velvet cake recipe). Get STICKY!

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