Sunday, September 30, 2007

Look At These Pretty Buns




I have never made cinnamon or sticky buns before, and I have never been a Daring Baker before. Put the two together and what do you get? My first ever Daring Baker challenge for the month of September, of course! I was pleased, honored, and excited when I became a member of the Daring Bakers for I knew that I would be joining a rather talented bunch of people who month after month have been creating many mouth-watering, tantalizing treats that I admired. Needless to say, I was a bit nervous and a lot excited when I found out that this month's recipe was for cinnamon and/or sticky buns. I love to eat both of these sweet treats (who doesn't like Cinnabon, right), and I decided that I wanted to try my hand at baking both. This month's challenge was hosted by Marce of Pip In The City. Looking at the recipe, I found it to be pretty easy to read and follow, and I even had most of the ingredients on hand already. As expected for yeast-bread recipes, this one takes a long time because of the two fermentation processes (the first one being about 2 hours and the second one close to 90 minutes). Otherwise, the actual dough-making, the dough-rolling, and the prepping of the caramel for the sticky buns and fondant glaze for the cinnamon buns was not very time consuming at all. I think I worried a little when it looked like my dough was not doubling up in size during the two hour rising process. I wondered if maybe my house was a little too cool on this particular evening? By the time the two hours rolled around however, the dough had risen but still not sure if it was actually "double" like the recipe stated. I kept my fingers crossed and proceeded on anyways, hoping that everything would work out in the end. And pretty much it did! The baking time for the sticky buns may have been a little too long for my oven (I baked them for 33 minutes), because the raisins looked a little burnt but otherwise, the buns looked and tasted great. My boyfriend was partial to the cinnamon buns and my brother liked the sticky buns. Me? Well, I liked both and am quite relieved I made it through my first challenge!

58 comments:

Anne said...

Congratulations on your first challenge! You did a great job! :)

slush said...

Welcome to the DBs! Your rolls and buns look divine, great job!

Maryann said...

They ARE pretty :)

breadchick said...

Welcome aboard!!! Great job on your first challenge! The buns look great!

Dolores said...

Congratulations and welcome. Your buns are beautiful!

Peabody said...

They are pretty buns...well done.

Chris said...

Welcome to the DBs. Great job on your first challenge - they look great!

Jenny said...

Welcome to the DB! I think your sticky buns in particular look marvelous.

Ivonne said...

Congratulations on completing your very first Daring Baker challenge! You did a great job!

Lis said...

Congrats on your first challenge, Augustina! Both varieties are simply smashing!

Looking foward to October's challenge now! heeeee!

xoxo

Belinda said...

You did a great job with both the sticky and the cinnamon buns...and way to go for attempting both and pulling them off so beautifully on your first challenge! :-)

Tartelette said...

COngrats on your fist challenge! You did great, the buns turned out perfect!

Deborah said...

Great job on your first challenge! They both look great!

KJ said...

Welcome aboard. Congrats on your first challenge. You did an awesome job.

joey said...

I knew I should have put more nuts on my buns! Your's look wonderfully decadent! :)

Viviane said...

Wow! Looks like you have been Blogging and baking up a storm since I last visited. Everything as usual looks wonderful! I really wish I had half of your cooking talent!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Isn't it fun how same recipe and the two bake up so different!
I really like the sticky! Your buns are lovely. Welcome & congratulations.

Anne said...

Your sticky buns looks utterly delicious...I should have made it as well. Well done!

marias23 said...

Congrats on your maiden challenge! The glaze is generous and I love the mound of nuts on your bunz!

Aoife said...

Looks like you had no problem completing your first challenge. Welcome to the Daring Bakers!

Julie said...

Congratulations on your first challenge, and good for you for doing both! They both really do look good.

Baking Soda said...

Relieve and proud, you did it and good!

Annemarie said...

Great pictures, and lovely looking buns.

Baba said...

Well written article.

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