Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Mystery Solved!

The Little Book of Excellent Recipes | 1934

Remember this recipe I shared at the beginning of the month?

Mystery Chef Cinnamon Buns

Guess what?

Cinnamon Buns

Yep! I really, really baked them!

Cinnamon Buns

I even followed the recipe to the letter. Six teaspoons of baking powder later and this was the results.

Cinnamon Buns

I must admit, I was very surprised at how they baked up. I was even a teeny bit disappointed because I was looking forward to that creamy sweet icing dripping down the sides. However, I was pleasantly pleased when I flipped that cast iron pan over and there was this incredible caramel crust covering those buns!

Cinnamon Buns

”How were they?” Oh boy, I thought you would never ask:) let’s put it this way, they were so darn good that I had to give a few of them away!!! However, if you’re looking for a Cinnamon Bun like you might buy at one of those mall stands, go to the mall and buy one or bake a different recipe. These buns are more like coffee cake buns with a candy caramel topping. Delicious, oh yes but roll like, not really. I’d have to say more bun like perhaps even scone like which is what came to Marion’s mind by the time she got to her second one the next day. (the first night was all about the ooooos and aaaaaaaaaahs:)

I did follow the recipe to the letter which required me turning back to page 4 on how to incorporate the butter. I’m sure, you pros out there could make this dough with your eyes closed but not this gal, I took my time and carefully followed the instructions (which as you know is not always easy for me since I don’t do egg yolks or butter:) The dough mixed together quite easily which surprised the heck out of me. I actually liked kneading, rolling and measuring. It was fun and not something I do on a regular basis. I’d describe the dough as very pliable and soft. I didn’t even need to add more liquid! It probably would have mixed up quite nicely in the food processor but I was set on following the recipe as written. (which was a tad disappointing because I recently bought a Ninja “Mega” Kitchen System:)

Mixing in Butter | 1934

You might still be a bit skeptical about the amount of baking powder and the lack of yeast in the Mystery Chef’s Cinnamon Buns. I did some quick searching to find other cinnamon bun/roll recipes and as far as I can tell, for the amount of flour in this recipe, the baking powder isn’t really that unusual. Cinnamon Bun recipes absent the yeast isn’t all that odd either. Perhaps it would sound better if the recipe read 2 tablespoons rather than 6 teaspoons, lol…
1. Quick Cinnamon Rolls Without Yeast
2. Quick Cinnamon Rolls for Two
3. 45 Minute Cinnamon Rolls {From Scratch}
4. No-Yeast Caramel Buns
5. No Yeast Apple Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Icing
6. Best Ever No-Yeast Cinnamon Rolls

Now for the elephant in the room:)

Budweiser St. Patrick's Day Poster
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I found this double sided Budweiser poster at the bottom of a box of cookbooks I bought about 10 years ago. Isn't it cool:) Be safe out there:)