Tuesday, October 04, 2005
Cinnamon Bun Day
Today is the official Cinnamon Bun Day. Bet you didn't know that! Or that this is the seventh year, for this very special event. But it is. Those of you proficient in Swedish can read more here. Those of you who aren't will just have to do without. But, go out and enjoy a cinnamon bun! Or bake your own!
My favorite cinnamon bun is not a bun, but a roll, from Sweet Jill's. That's a small pastry shop on Second Street (Belmont Shore) in Long Beach, California. Needless to say, I don't eat them very often. But on my California trips, Rebecca always takes me for breakfast at Sweet Jill's, and we always get a cinnamon roll and orange juice. The rolls are huge - incredibly large, I bet they weigh a pound. And so incredibly delicious. Hey, if you're in the area, go have a cinnamon roll for me!
I baked Schnecken - a recipe from Nigella's How to be a Domestic Goddess. Deee-lish. They're different in that what I would normally put as a filling - butter and sugar - is instead made into a syrup or buttercream, and placed in paper cups. You then place the buns on TOP, bake, and invert. Nigella suggested a muffin tin, now, I have no idea how that would work. You'd need a big tin, because these are large buns. I used paper cups, which was not ideal. Some of the syrup melted and ran out. But there was still plenty. Messy. But oh-so-good. I'm not re-printing the recipe, but you can find it easily enough over at Nigella's Kitchen if you don't happen to have the book.
Here's another shot of the lovely Schnecken. And one of them pre-oven.