I profess this exact statement every time I bake: "I don't like baking." However, I will admit one thing about baking.... it's that after you've completed whatever recipe you're attempting, and it actually comes out delicious and amazing looking, it is the hugest kitchen confidence builder.
I am like any normal savory chef....we don't use recipes, we add things as we feel like, and overall just adjust as you go/taste as you go, to make your dish taste amazing. With baking, everything is calculated, precise, measured....and worst of all.....it requires an insane amount of patience.....something I was clearly not born with. You can't taste as you go with most recipes because you can't eat raw dough or know exactly what that cupcake will taste like after it's baked.
So when tackling this recipe, which while reading it, seemed like it would take me a decade to complete, I went in and just hoped for the best. Sure, you can pick up one of those gross aluminum tubes of Pillsbury Cinnamon Bun Rolls that probably have every by-product and strange doughboy ingredient in it, but I decided I needed to push myself in the dessert department and make these babies from scratch. Working with dough and yeast in general is a very fickle and finicky process. Yeast is such a delicate organism that can be killed or altered if you just look at it strange. So anytime I am making dough from scratch I prepare myself for the worst.
Now that I am re-reading this forward I am writing, I sound a little dramatic....but there's nothing worse to a savory chef, then spending time and energy on a dessert only for it to fail miserably into a heap of un-risen, raw dough.
With that said - I conquered this dish and it came out AMAZEBALLS. If you're a baker and love working with dough and taking your time to make this amazingly impressive dessert....all the more power to you.....for me it was an experience where you say "I'm glad I did it, but I won't cry if I never try it again."
And the most dramatic performance for a dessert-hating chef goes to: ME! :)
Cinnamon Buns (dough)
Classic Cinnamon Sugar Buns with a melt in your mouth glaze (adapted from Food Network Magazine)
Cinnamon Buns (glaze)
The perfect glaze for your Classic Cinnamon Buns