Customizing The Classic Cinnamon Sticky Bun

I had a lot of fun during this Fall16′ season with the Pumpkin Spice Latte (#PSL) craze. I created many funny posts on Facebook about the seasonal flavour and the oodles of products that were playing off the PSL craze. PSL-scented bathroom tissue? Toothpaste? Beer?

Here’s a great recipe that incorporates the flavours of pumpkin, cinnamon and other spices. I gotta tell you… this is really delicious: Spiced Pumpkin-Molasses-Cinnamon Sticky Bun. The bun is light, not-too-sweet and perfect with freshly brewed black coffee.

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The basic recipe comes from Canada’s Baking Sweetheart Anna Olson. She and her husband Michael have been friends for a long time and Anna is always my go-to for tried-and-true baking recipes. I started with her Classic Cinnamon Sticky Buns recipe and adapted just three things to turn this recipe into a custom seasonal favourite; I added a teaspoon of allspice with the cinnamon, replaced the maple syrup with dark molasses, and added a thin layer of pure pumpkin puree on top of the dough before adding the brown sugar mixture and rolling the dough into pinwheels. Thats the great thing about Anna’s recipes; they are perfectly tested and then can be slightly adapted to help create your own baking inventions…

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In Anna’s kitchen. Me, ‘helping’… ha-ha! On that day, she and I were making donuts!

SPICED PUMPKIN-MOLASSES-CINNAMON STICKY BUNS:

Dough
1 ¼ cup 2% milk, just above body temperature (105 F)

2 ¼ tsp (1 pkg) instant dry yeast

¼ cup sugar

1 large egg at room temperature

¼ cup unsalted butter, melted

3 ½ cup all-purpose flour

¾ tsp salt

Goo
½ cup unsalted butter

1 cup packed light brown sugar

½ cup dark molasses

Filling & Assembly
⅔ cup packed light brown sugar

1 Tbsp ground cinnamon

1 Tspn allspice

2 cups pure pumpkin puree

3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted

DIRECTIONS
Dough
1. For the dough, measure all the ingredients into a bowl and stir with a wooden spoon, or blend in a stand mixer fitted with the hook attachment until evenly combined. If mixing by hand, turn the dough out onto a work surface and knead until smooth, about 5 minutes, or if in a mixer, knead for about 3 minutes. Transfer the dough to an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled in size, 90 minutes to 2 hours.

Goo
1. For the goo, add the butter, brown sugar and molasses in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring until melted and the mixture is bubbling. Pour this into a greased 9-x-13-inch pan the prepared pan and set aside.

Filling & Assembly
1. For the filling, stir the brown sugar, allspice and cinnamon together and set aside. Have the melted butter ready.

2. Turn the risen dough onto a lightly floured surface and roll it out into a rectangle about 18-x-12 inches. Spread the entire surface with the pumkpin puree. Lightly brush the entire surface of the pumpkin with the melted butter and sprinkle with the cinnamon brown sugar mixture. Roll up the dough from the longer side and then cut the roll into 12 pieces. Place these into the prepared pan, evenly spaced, cover with plastic wrap or tea towel and let rise for an hour.

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3. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Uncover the risen sticky buns and bake them for 40-45 minutes, until they are a rich golden brown. It is recommended to cool the sticky buns for 15 minutes in the pan before inverting to serve.

4. The sticky buns are best served the day they are baked.

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For great baking tips and recipes, please check out Anna’s brand new book Bake With Anna Olson . Its filled with tons of baking secret tips and all the classic recipes you make at home!

Enjoy… and PLEASE… eat these fabulous buns responsibly!

(and click LIKE/SHARE if you loved). Until next time, KL

Baked Beans -a la Karl

I have always loved the dark, sweet taste of Boston-style baked beans. Although very easy to make, it’s something I rarely serve up. I have investigated many recipes and revised them into one that I think is really tasty. I’ve added a few unexpected ingredients that I think make the dish stand out as a winner.

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Baked beans make an excellent late-night dinner served with toast or along side left-over pork. They are an excellent source of protein but keep in mind the recipe holds a lot of sweetness. It’s also an impressive accompanyment at breakfast or brunch – serve it along side eggs, toast, cheese and sausage for an English-style breakfast.

This is a very inexpensive dish to make (total cost for the ingredients was about $8) and is easy to make. Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:

3 cans of navy beans total: 2 cans drained, 1 can with liquid.

1 cup of plain tomato sauce or diced tomatoes.

2 teaspoons dry mustard (or 3 teaspoons of jarred mustard).

1/2 cup dark molasses.

1/2 cup brown sugar.

1 garlic clove, minced.

2 tablespoons soy sauce.

1/2 pound bacon, fried crisp and chopped.

3 tablespoons of reserved bacon fat.

1/2 cup orange marmalade.

1 teaspoon smoked (or regular) paprika.

Mix tomato sauce, mustard, molasses, sugar, garlic, soy sauce, marmalade and paprika in the bottom of a 2-3 litre cast-iron (or an ovenproof pan with lid). Add in 2 cans of drained navy beans and 1 can of navy beans with liquid and stir.

Bake in a 300f oven for 1 hour with lid on. At the end of the first hour stir in the bacon fat and chopped crispy bacon; bake for 1 more hour with lid on. At the end of the second hour remove lid and stir. Bake without lid for the last (3rd) hour, stirring every 20 minutes. Take from oven and stir; let sit for at least 30 minutes. The baked bean mixture will thicken as it cools, add a little water if needed.

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Baking time: 3 hours, Prep time: 15 minutes. Note you can also use a Crock Pot. Simply add all ingredients in the morning, turn on medium, cover and leave for 6-10 hours.

The Day-Old Cinnamon Roll Makeover…

I love makeovers… mostly home decor makeovers. Today I did a makeover that was so inspiring I had to share. It all had to do with a day-old cinnamon roll I found in my fridge. I made them days ago. No longer gooey and fresh, I decided to give this lonely roll a culinary makeover.

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The 1 day-old cinnamon roll. It was so lonely and needed some love so I obliged.

 

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I sliced the cinnamon roll horizontally into three slices. Slicing is easier when the roll is cold from the fridge- use a serrated bread knife for easier cutting.

 

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Make a soaking mixture of 2 eggs, dash of cinnamon and 1/2 cup of high-fat milk. mix well with a fork until mixed and foamy.

 

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Soak each slick in the egg bath. Soak 1 minute each side. The slice will become slightly soft so use a fork to remove.

 

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Heat the pan with 1 tablespoon of butter. Carefully lay the 3 slices into the hot pan. Cook 2 minutes on each side.

 

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The slices are now less fragile as the egg mixture helps to bind the swirled bread together; and the heat make that beautiful goo start running again- just like the fresh cinnamon bun!

 

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Drizzle with a bit of maple syrup and sprinkle with some icing sugar for a sweet presentation.

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