Monday, April 13

sticky walnut buns


I dont know what i was thinking when i gave in to some higher (lower?) consciousness calling for sticky sweet bun. Maybe it was the fact that i didnt bake any buns this easter (my mum made them) and was itching to 'do dough' and feeling all maternal bakey apple pie-ey the day before the girls left that got me all worked up about a sticky bun, having spotted several on a blog crawl, particularly this one. So sticky bun with walnuts was on the menu. The dough was the softest, silkiest stuff i have ever made. must have been the egg, butter and yeast combo, damn it felt beautiful in my hands. Turns out this was the best part about the buns... more about that later.


I pushed it out, not rolling it as the recipe said (too fluffy to put under a pin!) brushed with butter, sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar,


rolled, sliced into scrolls and placed in the pan on top of the caramel topping and nuts and left it to rise further.


The topping went under the rolls so that when you turn them out, viola, topped with nuts and sticky. That was a major ah-ha! baking moment for me as i dont do sweet cake-ey bun things very often.

We baked, we soaked in the smell coming from the oven. We had one. mmmmm, s'ok. verdict. too sweet for us. the bun was like brioche, very fine, but sweet sweet sweet. So we have worked out we're really not a sticky bun bunch and that years of deprivation havent really hurt us at all. Buns behind us, we headed off to a botanic garden for a glorious autumn walk together, just the kids and i which is quite rare, and had a lovely relaxing fun afternoon. Probably more my kind of apple pie.


I have to confess to composting the lot...

7 comments:

Rest is not idleness said...

Oh Kel, you could have sliced them up and made bread and butter pudding out of them, you would only have had to mix up eggs and milk (or cream) and pour it over, leave to soak for a while and then bake it. Never mind.
Pip

Jen said...

I love this photo of your big beans!

notesfromthefrugaltrenches.com said...

Oh Kel
I'm lost in those buns, but like you I love the look & smell but find the taste too sweet.

I had to laugh when I read Autumn, because I was thinking you had your seasons mixed up; then I remembered you are in Oz!

Karin said...

Always worth a try though, right?

LOL

Kel said...

pip - *slaps hand to forehead* i think i got overwhelmed with all the butter and sugar...kinda didnt want to eat it , you know what i mean? it freaked me out. Faaaaaat! so didnt think to 'transform' it. Didnt register when i read the recipe , i was just craving sweet. Shoulda just had a piece of chocolate.

jen- me tooo!

NFFT- yeah, just couldnt do it!!

Karin - yes, and now i know...

Rest is not idleness said...

Just reading your comment about all the butter and sugar, sometimes with the sweet yeast breads I make (occasionally) I will cut the amount of sugar by half, and I also only do a half recipe so that way there isn't too much of it.
Pip

Kel said...

Pip- thanks for that. Common sense eluded me! but having never made sweet yeast dough before...