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...