Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Sticky Buns!

I know, I shouldn't ever eat them, but it was a special occasion. It was Martin Luther King Day.

I also make them on Christmas, Valentine's, Grandparents Day, Bad Hair Days and Clean Your Closets Day. So what!

We had bought some frozen whole wheat pizza dough. I made a pizza out of one of these dough balls, but Caroline wasn't impressed at all. I thought it was OK, but definitely not as good as Domino's.

So....What to do with the other 2 balls of dough? This is what I did with one of them:

Thaw the dough completely in the refrigerator.

Roll out into a 10 x 16 inch rectangle.

Melt 1/4 cup butter. Brush the rectangle with butter. Sprinkle with cinnamon, brown sugar and raisins.

Roll up the rectangle, starting on the long side, so you end up with a roll about 16 inches long.

Cut the roll in half. Then cut each half into 8 equal pieces. You can do this with a sharp knife, or try the string method: You slide a 6" length of string under the roll, cross it on the top and then pull until the string cuts through. It works quite well, cutting clean and not squashing the dough.

Divide the remainder of the butter between two round 9" pans. Sprinkle with cinnamon and brown sugar. Put 8 cinnamon buns in each pan, cut side down.

Cover with plastic wrap and let rise 20 minutes at room temperature, or in the refrigerator over night. If you use the over night method, it'll need 10 or 15 minutes in the morning to finish rising at room temperature.

Bake at 400 degrees about 12 to 15 minutes.

And, this is very important: After you take the buns out of the oven, let it set for only one or two minutes, then turn out onto a plate. The buns will have a nice shiny sugary coating.

This I believe: There's no way to make sticky buns "diet," so you might as well just enjoy them!

Sunday Morning Paper & Sticky Buns
 By the way, my idea of Heaven is a place where I can eat whatever I want and not gain weight. My Chubby Angel agrees with me. Do you like her? I can draw conventional, you see:


Anonymous said...

Carol, she's delightful! And I never knew "sticky buns" could be so easy. Guess we're going to be gaining weight around here. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Well, at least it was wheat dough! (grin) They look sooooooo good!
Your angel is sweet but I much prefer your non-traditional art. It is really special!
Jude *