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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:)

66 comments:

  1. Hi Louise,
    If I wasn't about to leave town, I might try one of those recipes. I remember making cinnamon buns as a homework assignment in 7th grade cooking class, which of course was only for girls. We also learned to wash dishes in a dish pan, without running water, and a few other simple things that were already out of date back then in the Dark Ages. The teacher was probably born in the 19th century. Anyway that pamphlet wouldn't have been out of place. I mean the class was really outdated for its time.

    I love your photos!

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. LOl, I can't remember a single thing about Home-Ec except for sewing a gold corduroy jumper that came out crooked, lol...Of course we had to wear what we sowed. I had a science teacher who my mother use to say was born, "in the year of the flood."

      Thanks for popping by Mae and for sharing your story:)

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  2. Although I love icing on cinnamon buns, a caramel crust beats that every day of the week, IMO. These look great -- congrats! We need smell-o-vision so we can properly enjoy these. :-)

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    1. Smell-o-vision is a must John. These not only made the house smell cozy and aromatic, we didn't miss the icing one bit!!! Thanks for pooping by...

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  3. Hi Louise,
    The cinnamon buns looks great! That caramel sounds goooood, I can just imagine the aroma of the cinnamon while these are baking! Lazy me would use the food processor!
    Cute poster!

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    1. Hi Joyce!
      The aroma was amazing!!! Next time I'm going to try the food processor. Although, I'm not planning on making them again. There are way too many recipes I still want to try:)

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  4. Simply awesome, Louise! For an instant, I thought those were pinwheels bread until I saw you baking them. Smells really good from here! xoxo

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    1. They do kinda look like pinwheeels, Shirley. They smell a whole lot though, lol...

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  5. Oh my! Those look wonderful. I can't wait to try them myself!

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    1. And I can't wait to try you Key Lime Pie!!! Thanks for stopping, Linda...

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  6. Hi, Louise!

    Now I must try this recipe after Marion and you said it tastes like scones. We rediscovered scones when I made a batch to enjoy with a pot of tea while we watched the finale of Downton Abbey.
    Ah, yes, the frog in the room: Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!

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    1. You really should give it a try Margaret. They are soooo yummy!!! And yes, perfect with tea:)

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  7. Those buns look yummy! I have never tried making a quick (no-yeast) version, but it looks like a good option.

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    1. They were really yummy Poppy and easy too:)

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  8. Hi Louise, how you doing. Having being blogwalking for a while, am back to catch up with everyone. Love your classic recipes collection, glad that you take the effort to share with us or else many of us might not be able to read/ try those classic recipes. Your this cinnamon bread, they are my favorite. I love the cinnamon fragrant scent.
    I don't mind to have it everyday.

    Your cinnamon bread look so good and very well baked.Wish I can have 2 pieces and a cup of coffee. :))The texture look so soft and moist.

    Have a nice day, warmest regards. Be back later to catch up your other postings. Be seeing you.
    Amelia

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    1. Hi Amelia!
      What a wonderful surprise!!! Not to worry about catching up we understand:)

      I wish I could give you two buns and a cup of coffee Amelia. Just think of the wonderful visit we would have:)

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  9. Well, your cinnamon rolls (buns) surely look delicious; I've always made mine with yeast. I try to use less butter these days, but I'm not impressed with margarine's taste or results in cooking, nor am I certain of any "health benefits" (which they always seem to change, don't they?), so butter it is. I've never worked butter with my fingers; like you, I find the idea a little off-putting. I love the Mystery Chef on the front of your cookbooklet; he looks a little like the Lone Ranger in an apron, don't you think?

    Happy Wednesday, Louise; enjoy your balmy afternoon.
    Marjie

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    1. Hi Marjie,
      Yes, I thought the Mystery Chef looked like the Lone Ranger too. I was going to mention it but I figured only a handful of people would know who he was, lol...These Buns were really good and I don't think margarine would have wworked taste wise:) Sometimes you just need to go with butter!!! Thanks for popping by, Marjie...

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  10. I'm so glad that I popped over to see your next post. I am amazed how fluffy, golden and delicious your cinnamon buns turned out, and NO yeast used. I had to scroll back again to see the ingredients and sure enough I didn't see yeast...but, I did notice 6 teaspoons of baking powder which helped it turn out so light and fluffy. Also, I was pleased and surprised about the sugar not too much, in the dough and the filling, and just the right amount of salt! A 'no fail' recipe, for sure! Will check out those other NO yeast recipes too, and thanks for sharing, Louise! Poster is so cute! Happy St. Patrick's Day! xo

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    1. And I'm so glad you popped over Elisabeth and that you enjoyed your visit:) I was surprised at the lack of yeast too but, it worked and they are sooooo yummy!!!

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  11. These cinnamon buns look great! Happy St Patricks Day Louise.

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    1. Thanks Gaye, they were really good! Thanks for visiting:)

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  12. How impressive - I would have gladly taken some off your hands! And I grew up rubbing butter into flour with my mum (for scones) so I have always done it with my hands and was amazed to read of cutters when I started blogging.

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    1. If I had known, Johanna, I would have gladly shared:)

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  13. I've only made once cinnamon rolls and I followed a recipe from King Arthur's Flour and they were delicious! Yours look very carameley and super tasty! Have a lovely rest of the week my dear!

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    1. This is my first time too, Katerina AND, it won't be my last!

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  14. Hi Louise, not sure where you find all these vintage cookbooks and recipes, so great that you do. My husband would love these beautiful looking cinnamon rolls, like the fact that they are more cakelike. The vintage poster is really sweet. Have a great week-end!

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    1. Hi Cheri,
      I've been collecting cookbooks for many years Cheri. I just love sharing them with you "guys." I'm delighted that you enjoy seeing them:) These buns really are yummy and remind us of scones. I hope you get a chance to bake them for your husband one day:) Thank you for visiting:)

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  15. I would eat these for breakfast any time Louise! I suppose using baking powder instead of yeast means they can be ready faster--a real asset in the morning! And if you really miss the icing, you could always make some up and drizzle it over the finished rolls. (This was never going to be health food anyway ;-) )

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    1. I think you're right Inger. Since I've never made Cinnamon Buns with yeast, I'm not sure how much longer they would take but indeed they would even if only for rising time:) I did think about still drizzling but wanted to stay true to the recipe. I'm glad I did:) Thanks for popping by Inger...

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  16. Hi Louise ,
    Love your post as usual, you have a way of putting so much though into your posts , we love cinnamon buns here I will try these this weekend . Pinning .
    I miss you my friend and I will return soon . Thigs are a little hectic here , hubby and family is looking at some property .
    Hugs to you and Marion and keep wiggling those toes .
    Happy St. Patrick's Day see you soon :) Nee

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    1. So glad you enjoyed your visit Nee:) We sure do miss you!!! Good luck with the property hunting. I hope it's here in PA, lol..."See" you soon Nee! Wiggling toes and nose. Hugs to the kiddies:)

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  17. My mouth is watering after looking at these Cinnamon Buns! I wish I was your neighbor so you could have shared the extras with me!

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    1. Me too, Pamela, I would be raiding your garden! Not to mention, I LOVE Brooklyn!!!

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  18. Dear Louise, Oh my!!! these cinnamon buns look wonderful!! I know Tammy will want to try these. Have a beautiful weekend. xoxo Catherine

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    1. Thank you Catherine...I would gladly share with Tammy:)

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  19. Love this recipe. The rolls looks delicious. I need to make them soon:)

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    1. Thanks Geraldine. I hope you get a chance to bake them. So yummy!

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  20. I'd be thrilled with that caramelly topping, too! And no yeast? Love this easier cinnamon bun recipe!!!

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    1. Thanks Liz:) We loved them!!! (maybe too much:)

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  21. Con la costra de caramelo y esponjoso al centro que más puedes pedir te ha quedado excelente y el toque de canela ya es un lujo,abrazos y gracias por la receta.

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    1. Es todo acerca de la canela y el delicioso aroma, Rosita :)

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  22. I love buns Louise and these look amazing ! Love your post like always . Love and hugs to you and Marion!!

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    1. Thanks Gloria...they were sooooo yummy!

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  23. They look so moist and soft! I love your cinnamon buns. Their taste must be super delicious. I have only learned to enjoy cinnamon later on in life as we hardly ever had cakes with it in Italy. Infact my first time was in Germany. Since then I often enjoy cinnamon cakes, they really are addictive.
    Well done Louise! And thanks for this fab recipe xxx

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    1. When you get accustomed to cinnamon, Alida, there is no turning back, lol...

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  24. Hi Louise ,
    Hope the first day of spring is a nice one . put a spring post up to remind everyone to hop over here and wish Marion a happy birthday , I do so hope to return soon .
    Happy Birthday to Marion , keep wiggling those toes . Hugs Nee :)

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    1. Thabks Nee...I enjoyed you Spring post and Marion had a blast for her birthday!

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  25. Your cinnamon rolls look amazing. I was surprised to see the baking powder and no yeast. I really like recipes that are easy and quick. Love your poster, so cute.

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    1. You should give them a try when you get a chance, Dawn. They are yummy!

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  26. i'm so glad you tried this wacky recipe! and i'm even more glad the results were edible, nay, tasty! you're a brave lady. :)

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    1. Why thank you Grace:) We're glad we tried it too!

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  27. Your photographs are making me hungry. There is nothing like a good old cinnamon bun. Yummy.

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  28. Hi Louise,
    Oh yeah! You really, really baked them! These cinnamon buns looked very yummy ^-^ Love the sweet caramel that complement with a cup of hot tea for me.
    Have a wonderful weekend :)

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    1. If there were any left, Karen, I would invite you for buns and tea:)

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  29. Oh my gosh that crust on those!!!

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  30. Louise! I would be all over these cinnamon buns. I like the idea of the crunchy caramel icing more than the traditional white icing. I don't blame you for giving a few away, I would have devoured them. Love, love it!

    Velva

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    1. Oh yes, Velva, I gave them away but now everyone in the neighborhoos wants to know when I'll be baking them again, lol...

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  31. These look fabulous Louise and congratulations on mastering a new technique! It's interesting that they have you cut the butter into the flour - that is what you do with pie dough or biscuits. No wonder these were more coffee cake-like, but no doubt absolutely delectable! You got a beautiful crust on them and I would have gladly taken a few off your hands, LOL!

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    1. Hi Jane:)
      I have since learned of the biscuit method for cutting butter. And here I thought I was doing something new, lol...The crust was sooooo goooood! I'd love to make these again one day.

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  32. So glad you shared this! Growing up in NJ these were my dad's favorite. I grew to love them too, but when we moved to Georgia I could never find them in bakeries. Most people would assume I meant cinnamon rolls. Sticky buns are delicious. My dad would even get his with a little pecans baked inside.

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    1. Hi Brandi,
      I wasn't sure if these were classified as sticky buns. I guess because I didn't include the pecan inside. Now that you mention it, I suppose they are. Whatever you call them, they are soooo yummy! I hope you get a chance to bake them:)

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Through this wide opened gate,
none came too early,
none returned too late.

Thanks for dropping in...Louise