Oh Goey....

It's that time of the month again (no....I'm not talking about my period, eeew! that's gross!) The oober popular Daring Bakers challenge! Every month I'm like a kid in Christmas morning, eagerly waiting to open her presents.
This month the challenge was hosted by Marce of Pip in the City (get the recipe here) and our challenge are Sticky Buns and Cinnamon Rolls. Our favorite (my sister and mine)! I don't often get the chance to bake this because my sister already moved out and got married, my brothers and parents don't care for it much, however, the Daring Bakers calls and buns it is!

We used the recipe of Peter Reinhart from his book The Bread Baker's Apprentice, I've always wanted to buy this book, been reading good reviews about it actually, but haven't really tired any of his recipes yet so I'm a bit hesitant to buy it, books aren't cheap here in Manila you know, far from they are quite expensive really, I really would like to have a local library where I can borrow cookbooks to try it out first, but sadly that's non-existent here. Anyway, back to the buns...
Ever since I found out what the challenge would be for September, I've been eager to get starting, however, as life happens my schedule got hectic on weekends we kept getting invited to some party or another that I didn't get to do this challenge until the last minute, really like last night!
I love this recipe its easy to do though I bet my Kitchenaid would disagree, she seems like having a hard time in doing this. Its a lovely dough very soft and supple. I made mine Saturday night and had the dough in the ref and brought it out in the morning, was suppose to start the fermenting process around 6 am however, couldn't make myself wake up after having a late night. I started around 10 am, it seems like yesterday isn't my lucky day, our ever so humid Philippine weather suddenly turn into a cool, rainy day!!! My mind is already on panic! "Oh my crap! my dough might not rise!" I put the dough in the oven (turned off, of course) and left it there for several hours. when to have lunch with the family to commemorate our parent's wedding anniversary. When I got back Lo and behold the dough doubled! Yehey! what I like specially about this dough is that when being shaped its very manageable and the dough isn't fighting. lovely to shape and such a breeze.
I just don't get it why the sugars in the sticky buns didn't melt. I'm expecting a sauce consistency not a sweet grainy mass. The Sticky buns are baked through but the caramel glaze is not, got any ideas as to why?
One of the funny instance in this experience is when my younger brother who is my official tester asked me "Why is it hot?"
I'm like "Huh? do you mean hot? of course its just newly baked from the oven" since he often interchange the Chinese word for hot with spicy I thought that's what he meant.
"No..Hot as in spicy" says my brother
I'm like puzzled "Spicy?!?" I took a bite out of his cinnamon bun and "hmmm..its not spicy its sweet" kept chewing after few seconds "oh my gosh! its spicy!"
Now I know why my cinnamon powder DIDNOT smell and feel like cinnamon when I started making the cinnamon sugar, but since I have a stuffy nose I thought I just can't smell it.
You'll neve guess what I grabbed, its PAPRIKA!!!!
I made Sweet-Spicy Buns! Taste weird!
Oh my!!! This is definetely a fun experience, I would definetely remake this recipe this time with cinnamons instead of paprika.

nikcreate

I'm a nine to five pencil pusher who loves to play with flour and paper during my free time. Dreams of going to Europe and eat croissants and make pastries all day long!

19 comments:

  1. Oh my, what a surprise that was when biting into something you expected to be super sweet! Thats hilarious! They look great regardless. Well done!

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  2. Oh my goodness! Spicy paprika buns, when your brother was expecting sweet cinnamon buns! Too funny...well, they certainly looked like cinnamon buns...and lovely ones at that! :-)

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  3. That is too funny!! Hopefully next time, you will grab the cinnamon instead!! They do look good, though!

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  4. HAR! Now that's funny!! I can just imagine the look on your face when you realized.. hehehe

    Very pretty scrolls, my dear!

    xoxo

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  5. OOPS! Well at least they turned out ok! Great job on the shape!!

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  6. Ha! Paprika buns!

    At least it wasn't cayenne....

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  7. OMG you made me spit coffee! So funny!
    I did manage to make a heavily nutmeg sprinkled apple tray bake once... Oh well things happen. Thanks for making me laugh, and still they look great!

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  8. Ivonne8:29 AM

    You know when I was making my buns I had this momentary fear that I'd mixed cinnamon for something else! Funny post!

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  9. ha! ha! that was a funny experience indeed, imagine paprika instead of cinnamon. I'm glad you made the challenge :)

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  10. Well Nicole I think we've probably all done something crazy like that more than once! I'd say I was sorry to laugh but I so appreciate the story and the laugh, I thank you very kindly. I can only hope I can return the favor one day.
    I'm most sorry that you can't borrow books from a library, the library is my saving grace.
    From looking at your buns, I think when you use cinnamon, you and your brother are going to be wild for them AND have a wonderful laugh and story to share for years!

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  11. thanks for the support everyone! :)

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  12. Yummers! Your buns are so beautifully browned!

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  13. Hehe Paprika!
    Well you know sometimes that's how geat inventions happen...
    xoxo

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  14. Paprika sticky buns, how odd! Although I bet adding some cayenne to a more traditional spice mix would be pretty interesting.

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  15. The cookbook is definietly one to buy. It not only has great recipes but really useful information on bread baking in general.
    Paprika...now there is something you don't eat in a sticky bun all that often.

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  16. That is too funny! I have all my spices in mason jars and I rely on the smell when the labels wear off. This is a good lesson for me too. Thanks for sharing it!

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  17. That's hilarious--paprika buns! But I'm glad everything else went well! You said your sticky bun sugar coating was grainy? Did you have your pan on the lowest shelf of your oven when you baked it? The helps the sugar get nice and melty.

    I'm glad to see yet another Filipina here in the group! I do my first challenge this month--looking forward to it!

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  18. Hello! Julie Thanks for the tip, I'll do that next time. Glad to meet another Filipina too! I'm so envious of all the readily available ingredients you have there :)

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  19. Paprika buns?!?! Now I think I *have* seen every unique interpretation of this recipe. I'm with the others... they *still* look good.

    Wondering how they'd taste with cayenne... chipotle...wasabi...

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