Thursday, June 29, 2006
Unless you've got buns, hun'
I made my first attempt at cinnamon buns last night. To be more accurate, I prepped the buns last night and baked them this morning. I get intimidated by yeast breads because I'm always afraid the dough won't rise or I have the water too hot and will therefore kill the yeast. However, this recipe called for instant yeast, which you throw in with your dry ingredients instead of a active dry yeast, which requires a wet start.
My dough took longer than 2 1/2 hours to rise, probably because for the first 1 1/2 hours, I had it covered with just a wet towel instead of saran wrap. No worries, I put the film du plastique on and just waited longer until the dough doubled in volume. The dough was also extremely easy to work with. I didn't put a lot of flour on the board, but it never stuck while I was rolling the dough out.
While the buns were in the oven, I tried to go back to sleep for another half hour, but the aroma of the buns made me hungry and I didn't sleep well at all. Now my apartment reeks of cinnamon and it's lovely. Maybe the homey atmosphere will make someone rent my apartment today so I can end my lease early and move to my new apartment...