At this time of year, it's especially nice to have something warm, comforting, and bready for breakfast. For us, yeasted cinnamon buns and sticky rolls are just that treat. Check out our 10 favorite versions.
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Before you switch gears to holiday flavors, make these autumnal breakfast buns. A sweet eggy dough is filled with cinnamon sugar and brushed with a sticky-sweet maple glaze.
Big, fluffy cinnamon buns are brushed with a sweet maple glaze.
Filled with almonds and cherries, these sweet yeasted breakfast buns make a nice alternative to the traditional cinnamon-raisin.
While these wouldn't be considered healthy, if you're going to eat cinnamon buns, you might as well add whole wheat. Except for the color, you'd never know these were whole grain buns.
[Photograph: Donna Currie] What Worked: While these wouldn't be considered healthy, if you're going to eat cinnamon buns, you might as well add whole wheat. Except for the color, you'd never know these were whole grain buns. What Didn't: For...
We all do it: we wander around the airport waiting for our flight to begin boarding, killing time by stepping in and out of newsstands, perusing the latest paperback crime thrillers, leafing through fashion glossies, wondering whether we should buy one of those vibrating neck pillows.
The result: buns that are candied on the outside and soft, buttery, cheesy, and spiced inside their coils.
These classic buns are as good for brunch as they are mid-afternoon with a cup of joe. Just the smell of these buns cooking brings me back to chilly fall afternoons, getting home from school and walking into a house filled with the smell of cinnamon, sugar, and toasted nuts.
What's even better than buying cinnamon rolls is making them. Because the smell of cinnamon and sweet yeasty bread baking is almost as good as eating the rolls. (Almost.) These are great fresh from the oven, when they're just a little bit warm. Leftovers are great for French toast or bread pudding. If you have leftovers.
I only ate one cinnamon bun (or "kanelbulle" in Swedish) during my week-long trip in Sweden, which seems a bit low for being in a country where cinnamon buns run rampant (like in its neighboring country, Norway, which I've talked about before)—but damn, did I make that one cinnamon bun count. Because it was the largest cinnamon bun I'd ever seen.
During my trip to Norway in February I ate more cinnamon buns in one week than I'd eaten in all my life before then. Why? They weren't ooey, gooey, frosting-laden behemoths. The buns were frosting-less and just sweet enough, a nice snackable pastry for any time of the day. And snack, I did. Here's some more info about Norwegian cinnamon buns, plus a recipe.
[Photograph: Robyn Lee] Note: It's best to make the rolls the night before and allow them to rise in the refrigerator overnight. You can bake them anywhere between 10 and 24 hours after shaping and refrigerating them. Pearl sugar isn't...
I was out shopping and out of the corner of my eye, I saw some tempting "Cinnamon Pretzels." They were in the shape of pretzels, and huge, but it looked like they might have been made from a sweet dough. I almost bought one, then changed my mind. The last time I gave in to a store-bought sweet dough temptation, I was disappointed. So this time, I put it on the list to bake at home.
[Photo: Kathy YL Chan] New to Fairway are Cinnamon Buns and Brioche Crowns by Sarah Black, formerly of Tom Cat Bakery, now the current bakery director at Fairway. Pictured above are the Cinnamon Buns ($1.49 each or $7.99 for...