Easy Cinnamon Buns and a giveaway

Easy Cinnamon Buns

Whenever my brother or I walk in a mall and we smell buttery-cinnamon, all good intentions go out the window and we immediately follow the scent to the nearest Cinnabon. And we don’t only buy one Cinnabon each, we buy a few. Way too many to actually consume in one sitting, but the way they are lined up, all glistening, sugary and rich just makes us swoon.

I know the proper cinnamon bun dough is made with yeast but I just could not be bothered with all that fuss so I decided to use some puff pastry instead. And it worked pretty well. They weren’t as bread-y as I’m used to but the flavours were spot on but I did promise my brother to try the proper dough soon. I wish I had a way to make these super healthy but there’s just no getting around all the butter and sugar so I suggest you make these when you are ready to indulge! And worry about the guilt the next day! (and maybe only live off water for a few days)

And not only am I giving you a recipe for Easy Cinnamon Buns, I’m also giving you the chance of winning a copy of “Potty : Clarissa’s ONE POT Cookbook”  by Clarissa Dickson Wright. Clarissa is best known as one half of the fabulous “Two Fat Ladies” along with Jennifer Paterson who sadly passed away mid-way through their fourth season in 1999. This book is filled with fabulous one-pot dinners and unlike most other cookbooks, are very budget friendly. Recipes like Bacon & Egg in a mug, Chicken in Coconut Milk and Lamb curry all look delicious, comforting and filling. And I wouldn’t expect anything else from Clarissa.

To stand a chance of winning this fabulous book, comment on this post and tell me which food challenges you will be setting yourself for this year. I’d also like to know when you would like to have done this challenge by. The person that I feel is setting themselves the biggest challenge will win the book. Only residents of RSA need enter. The competition ends Tuesday, 25 January 2011 and the winner will be announced Wednesday, 26 January 2011.

Makes 12 Cinnamon Buns

1 roll, pre-made puff pastry
125g unsalted butter
1/2 cup caster sugar
2tbsn cinnamon
5tbsn icing sugar, sifted
1tbsn cold water

  • Pre-heat the oven to 180°c.
  • Roll the puff pastry out only slightly thinner than it already is.
  • Spread the softened butter over the pastry and sprinkle over the caster sugar and cinnamon.
  • Roll the pastry up into a long sausage and slice into 3-4cm slices.
  • Line a baking sheet with baking paper and spray with non-stick spray.
  • Place the cinnamon buns on the tray, spiral facing up (like in the picture)
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes until the pastry is golden and flaky.
  • Combine the icing sugar and water and drizzle over the cinnamon buns as soon as they come out of the oven.
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  • Priscilla Kleinsmit
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    My food challenge is huge- I still need to loose another 10kg, but I love to cook -so I need to prepare Low GI one pot meals for my family that is healthy and that I can loose weight at the same time. My time is very limited in the evenings therefore I prefer one pot meals. I have set myself a goal of up to end April to loose these kgs. The big thing will be to keep them off.
    P. Kleinsmit

  • Adel
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    i am always looking for something new to cook, both for the family to enjoy and for me not to get bored making it! i try two or three new recipes a month and have now implemented a meat free day, but am struggling to find things that wont make a four year old cry!! ( and i cant just keep on giving her a mielie each week….) These buns will go down well this weekend, thanks! can i make that a meat -less meal? my mother will have heart failure!

  • KingKev
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    My wife and I are expecting our first child in July. I will be looking at healthy alternatives to our usual meals and more one pot meals – I will be doing the cooking and cleaning, so the less dishes the better 🙂 I also want to start experimenting with making our own baby food.

  • Mandy
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    I am planning on hosting a dinner party for about 10-15 people in the next few weeks. I know it does not sound like much, but it is definitely the biggest dinner party I have ever had (max was 6 people before) and I have decided to challenge myself and go all out with starter, mains and dinner, and I have set myself the task of not being able to use any recipe I have tried before – so wish me good luck! Hope this is the start to many more dinner parties to come!

  • Christine
    Reply

    My challenge for the year is to become more adventurous in my cooking and spend more time cooking for pleasure as opposed to the daily grind! I find that being a working mom, there is not much pleasure in preparing the daily evening meal (also having a 4 year old who is very difficult to please doesn’t help). I plan on having friends around at least once a month to show off my new offerings – starting at the end of Jan!

  • Kathleen
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    My goal for this year is to try and eat more healthy options and your cinnamon buns are a great way to start!!! : -) [I can smell the cinnamon already – yum]
    I also want to introduce my boys (11 and 7) to more culinary delights. Have started with some simple dishes and so far so good.

  • Charmaine
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    I promised myself I would try making pizza dough this year – well I found this recipe that can be used to make vetkoek and it can also be used for pizza, rolls, bread etc. I tried it an it was so easy even a child could do it! Wow am I proud of myself.

  • Flee
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    I have always tried to challenge myself in the kitchen… My biggest being that I cook my man one New meat dish every week. This is a challenge because I am a Veggie… But I do try and make food for him and his friends which he enjoys and wants again… Have got Lamb Shank and Crumbed Pork under my belt for 2011 already, approved and archived. Think Ill try your Alfredo next

  • LYN
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    My cooking challenge is to use more whole grains and pulses. Loved the easy cinnamon rolls.

  • Tandy
    Reply

    my cooking challenge for this year is to make one thing a month I have never done before. This month I have already made cannelloni so I am off to a good start.

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