Monday, August 25, 2008

Mini Cinnamon Rolls

In honor of the MN State Fair starting last week, Zoë Francois, one of the authors of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking (a book that many of us have come to love), posted a how-to for mini cinnamon rolls on-a-stick. Since I had some buttermilk dough in the refrigerator (I do most of the time) I figured it would be a perfect Sunday morning breakfast treat.
Mini melon & mini rolls
(I serve my mini cinnamon rolls with the mini melon we got in the CSA box, does that make this a mini breakfast?)

Having the dough ready made these tasty little treats come together in no time at all. I started with 6-oz of buttermilk bread dough (the same dough I use for hamburger buns) which I rolled out to a 1/4-inch rectangle that was 4 inches on the longest side. Then I sprinkled 2 T of brown sugar & 1/T of cinnamon on top leaving a half inch on the edge.
cinnamon roll making
I rolled that up into a log & cut it into eight 1/2-inch slices.
cinnamon roll log
Each slice went into a non-stick mini muffin tin. Zoë didn't say anything about letting them rise but I figured an hour couldn't hurt them. Here they are nice & puffy & ready for the oven.
Risen & ready for the oven
I baked them at 350 F for 15 minutes. I removed them to the plate right away (she warns to do this before the caramel hardens). For an icing I just mixed together a little powdered sugar & milk.
Mini cinnamon rolls
The bread is quite different than the cinnamon rolls you get at a bakery. That bread is typically really soft where this has a little crust on the outside. The flavor was amazing & these little two-biters really hit the spot. We decided to leave them off the stick since we had had our fill of food on-a-stick at the fair. I'm so glad Zoë shared the technique!


Nikki @ NikSnacks said...

What? No stick? I'm disappointed. Ok, not really, but I didn't think you had your fill of on-a-stick foods lol These look good. Good job. I want to make some, too, now! I think I will...

grace said...

yeah, it'd be a mini breakfast for a normal person, but since i'd eat no less than 10 mini cinnamon rolls, i couldn't accurately call it a mini breakfast for myself. :)

Deborah said...

These look so much better than the cereal I had for breakfast this morning!

Jen said...

This look fantastic. It's a good thing I never have dough sitting in the fridge or else I could see myself making these way more than I should.

Anonymous said...

Looks so cute! I love how they puff up like brioche in the muffin pans

Zoe Francois said...

Wow, those look fantastic!!! I'm so glad you made them, I've been baking these mini buns like crazy this week. My kids want nothing else. ;)

Thanks! Zoë

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