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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Daring Bakers Buns

I am officially part of the Daring Bakers ! The Daring Bakers is a group of curious, friendly and ambitious bakers who tackle a different baking challenge each month. They are a fountain of knowledge and an amazing resource.

I’ve always loved baking bread and working with yeast. So this month’s challenge was a wonderful opportunity to expand my knowledge. Thank you to Marce from Pip in the City for choosing the Sticky Buns/Cinnamon Buns recipe from the Bread Bakers Apprentice by Peter Reinhart. The recipe is posted on Marce's blog.

First, these sticky buns have zero shelf life in my house. They disappeared in under 24 hours. What would they be like if they actually stayed more than 24 hours? My family will never know.

This recipe had lemon zest which gave these buns a special edge. There was an added brightness and intrigue in the flavour which everyone in the family loved. My glaze was not as firm as I would have liked but that problem could be solved by placing the glass baking dish on the lowest rack in the oven...

...sigh, just like the recipe suggested...

Sticky Bun Bottoms

These are the bottoms before the buns are flipped. Notice the glaze percolating at the corners of the buns.


The buns were a technical challenge to photograph with only the flash bouncing off the glaze. I'm not satisfied with the contrast since it makes the raisins look like black bugs. I would have photographed them in natural light but my buns didn't see the light of day...

... but they were absolutely over the top delicious!

29 comments:

Annemarie said...

They look very good and sticky. Great job on your first challenge!

Anne said...

Great job on your first challenge! The buns are beautiful!

Jes said...

The buns look great! Lovely first challenge!

kellypea said...

Congrats on your first challenge. Mmm..."glaze percolating in the corners.." yes, that would have been my favorite part of this challenge. Your buns are quite luscious looking. Mine had nuts, not raising, but I'm thinking both would be excellent. Okay! Now the wait for the next challenge!

Ivonne said...

Congratulations on completing your first Daring Baker challenge! You did a great job!

Tartelette said...

How gorgeous! Great job on your first challenge!!

anita said...

They look so nice and plump and golden! Wonderful job and welcome to the DBs!

slush said...

They look perfect! Well done, and welcome to the DBs!

Maryann said...

Great job!

Belinda said...

I think they look incredibly good and the glaze is such a lovely color...it makes the buns look so tempting...yummy! Well done!

breadchick said...

Great job on your first challenge!! Glad to have you onboard with us!

Jenny said...

Welcome to the DB! Look like delicious bugs, actually. :)

Marce said...

Great job on your challenge! I actually love the gooeyness you achieved.

Peabody said...

Welcome to the group.
I too liked the addition of the lemon for that little extra something.
Well done.

Anh said...

Welcome to the group! Your buns are beautiful!

Dharm said...

The buns looks absolutely lovely. Welcome and gerat job on your first challenge

Brilynn said...

Well done, I need to make the sticy buns, those look awesome!

June said...

Your buns look so perfectly formed! Great job.

Dolores said...

Congratulations and welcome to the fray. These are beautiful, "bugs" and all. :)

Pille said...

I agree with previous comments - great job on your first challenge!!

Deborah said...

You did wonderful on your first challenge!!

marias23 said...

You're making me wish that I had made the sticky buns too, instead of just cinnamon rolls alone... *droolz*

Aoife said...

Oh, the curse of the nighttime photograph. Although, I think your buns look great, and not at all bug infested!

Lis said...

Ohhhh nooooo they don't look like buggy rolls - they look AMAZING! I love the color in the photo and all that gooey caramel.. *swoon*

What a great 1st challenge! Welcome to the group! =)

xoxo

Canadian Baker said...

Your sticky buns look great. Mine also had no time to get comfy - they were gone in a flash.

Julie said...

I have problems photographing glazed and shiny dishes, too. I think your photos, and your buns, came out lovely!

Baking Soda said...

Love that first pic! I know how they are after 24 hours...I baked 3 batches and even for my family.. So I made lemony bread pudding with them...Yumm!

Andrea said...

Congrats on some lovely buns, and welcome to the Daring Bakers!!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Oh my yes you had beautiful buns: gone in under 24 hours! They are good.
and ...sigh, just like the recipe suggested... how well do I understand that. Try as I may, way too often I manage to miss some little something.
Welcome to the Daring Bakers.