Sunday, September 30, 2007

Sticky Buns...Do I Dare?

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Guess what! C’mon…look around. Is anything new? I’m sure you can figure it out :) Ok, here’s a clue – see the super-cool logo above? What about the matching one on my sidebar? Yes, by jove it’s true…I’ve gone and become a Daring Baker!

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I got the email inviting me to join this band of culinary swashbucklers who have been forging a brave path through baking fears and challenges; tucking such tricky things as Crepe Cake, Gâteau St. Honoré, Bagels, Strawberry Mirror Cake, and Croissants, under their collective belt with panache and finesse. Could I really become one of them? Oh I hope so!

With more than a fair share of nervousness I waited for my first challenge, silently praying that it wouldn’t be in the Gâteau St. Honoré family…not for the first, please patron saint of baking! So I was happy and more than a bit relieved when I found out that this month’s challenge was…Cinnamon and/or Sticky Buns. Not that I had much experience doing that either!

The host of this round, and chooser of this challenge, is Marce of Pip in the City. You can check out the original recipe (for both the cinnamon buns and the sticky buns, each with its own topping) here.

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So on with the challenge! Like ever newbie, ridiculously thrilled and shaking in her strappy sandals and flowered apron, I printed out the recipe and industriously read it over and over. I bought everything I needed, stocked in my little kitchen, ready for the blessed event of bun-making. I decided to make just the sticky buns, partly because with only C and I here I knew we couldn’t handle (eating-wise) a deluge of buns, and partly because I wanted to keep it nice and simple for my first challenge. There would be no overextending and pulling of any ligaments even before I was out of the starting gate! The only modification I made (which was one of the allowed modifications) was to substitute the raisins in the sticky bun topping to dried figs…leftover from my SHF cookies.

Like all yeasted recipes, lots of “waiting time” comes into play what with the first-rise and second-rise, but aside from that everything went pretty smoothly. From the feedback I was reading from the other Daring Bakers (yes, there’s a whole support network of bakers who can virtually hold your hand while you bake!), it seemed that everything was going well: recipe straightforward, dough a dream to work with, and buns absolutely delicious.


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Same for me. Well, except for a tricky moment with the dough.

Like everyone was saying, my dough was also amazingly soft and pillowy. But it was too soft. So soft that when I rolled it up and cut it, I had to re-roll my buns because, soft as the dough was, I could not for the life of me get even close to a semblance of a tight roll. But I needn’t have worried because they came out gorgeously sweet and sticky! I quickly dispatched some off to my best friend, my mother, and my brother, who all gave it the stamp of approval (my mother’s only comment though was that it was a bit too sweet but trust me, she says that about everything). C liked it too!

These were my kind of buns. The bun itself was really soft, the glaze a sticky-sweet glue the clung to the buns and gently permeated parts of it. And I loved the figs! Sorry raisins, but I don’t think we will be seeing you for as while ;)

Whew! First challenge tucked under my belt. Perhaps not with as much panache and finesse as I had hoped, but give me time and let’s see what else I will dare to do :)

Now go check out the Daring Bakers Blogroll for a load of fantastic buns!

80 comments:

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Well done Joey, those look incredible. I liked the sticky buns best also!

steph (whisk/spoon) said...

sticky and gorgeous! great job on your first challenge!!

sher said...

Wow! I love the idea of the figs. Those photos have me salivating.

Belinda said...

Joey, these sticky buns look sooooo tantalizing. Now I want to run off to the kitchen and make them myself. :-) And your photos are so beautifully composed and elegant. Isn't it exciting to be a new Daring Baker?!

KJ said...

oh your buns look deliciously divine. You've done a great job. Welcome to the DBs.

Peabody said...

Gorgeous buns!
Welcome to the Daring Bakers.

Dagmar - A Cat in the Kitchen said...

Well done on your first challenge! They look very yummy! Great idea with the figs!

Kelly-Jane said...

Well done, and welcome to the Daring Bakers, fabulous first challenge :)

mtan said...

They look beautifully sticky, and the figs are a nice gourmet touch. So when do you do no knead?!

Anh said...

Dried figs in sticky buns? You are a genius!

Anne said...

beautiful photo's and the buns looked super delicious! I'm glad you joined us :)

slush said...

Congrats on your first challenge, you did a fantastic job! And I agree figs in the stickies, great idea!

veron said...

Welcome Joey to the Daring Bakers! I knew it was only a matter of time before you joined because a lot of baked goods make great breakfasts, yes? Your sticky buns look gorgeous , they look so moist and inviting!

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Great challenge Joey. They look wonderful and I love the idea of the figs. (Beautiful pic where you can see a piece of fig on the top, with the seeds - lovely!) I only made cinnamon buns, too scared of the sticky ones - I'm not that daring yet!

Andrea said...

Nicely done! Congrats, and welcome to the Daring Bakers!

Maryann said...

Great job! It was fun wasn't it?

Meeta said...

Welcome to the group Joey. Your first challenge was brilliant well done. Figs in the roll - awesome idea!

Annemarie said...

Congrats on getting the first challenge done, and for having them come out so well!

Anne said...

Congratulations on your first challenge! Your buns look great!

Jes said...

I love how soft yours look!

Laura said...

I love those sticky buns too! A triumphant first challenge!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Tanna! Thanks :) Yes, I have always liked (eating) sticky buns over all other rolls...and this case was no exception :)

Hi Steph! Thank you :)

Hi Sher! I used the figs because I had some extra, and I was so glad I did!

Hi Belinda! Thank you for your sweet words :) Yes, it is very exciting!

Hi KJ! Thank you :) It's good to be here :)

My buns and I thank you Peabody ;)

Hi Dagmar! Thanks :) The figs went really well on the buns!

Thank you Kelly-jane! :)

Hi M! I loved the sticky-ness of these :) No knead...soon, soon! :)

Hi Anh! I loved them...they were so good in the buns!

Thank you Anne! I'm glad I was able to join too! :)

Hi Slush! Thanks :) Now I'm thinking to myself, "thank goodness I didn't have the raisins!" ;)

Hi Veron! Yes, lots of baked goods for breakfast :) I'm so excited to a a part of the DBers! Hopefully my baking muscle, which is in need of a work out, get stretched! :)

Hi Amanda! That's also why I made only one type of bun...was too nervous to attempt both! Heehee :) I am using those dried figs more often...

Thanks Andrea! :)

Hi Maryann! It was a lot of fun :)

Hi Meeta! Thanks :) It's good to be a part of the group...you guys are a great bunch :)

Thank you Annemarie! I crossed all my fingers, heehee :)

Thanks Anne! Can't wait for the next one! :)

Hi Jes! I loved how soft them came out...I'm so sold on this recipe...it's great!

ChichaJo said...

Thanks Laura! This sticky bun recipe is here to stay! :)

kellypea said...

Congrats on your first challenge! The photos are droolicious. Er...um...but I'm thinking you're quite a bit more cute than I will taking on this challenge with "strappy sandals and flowered apron." I had my jammies on. Oh well...

Ivonne said...

You get extra marks for making these gorgeous buns with figs! Well done, Joey!

Hilda said...

They look absolutely marvelous Joey, you're a tried and true DB now. Welcome to the family! (and figs was a great idea btw)

Tartelette said...

Congrats on your first challenge! I love the idea of dired figs i the buns. As always your photography does great justice to your baking skills. Bravo!

anita said...

Gorgeous sticky buns...I can really see how gooey and yummy they are!

Brilynn said...

Figs! What a great addition!

katrina said...

They look scrumptious!!! I love sticky buns, too, and yours look exactly how I like them -- moist and soft and gooey and (though your mom will disagree) sweet. And the substitution of figs is brilliant! I'd take figs over raisins any day.

Yahoo for your derring-do! ;-)

breadchick said...

Fantastic job on your first challenge! Glad to have you on board our pirate ship!!

Dolores said...

Gorgeous buns Joey. Wish *I* had thought about figs! Ah well... next time (and I fear there will be many next times... I love this recipe).

Marce said...

Congrats on completing your first challenge, Joey, they look amazing!

Jenny said...

Welcome to the DB! I let some figs go bad the weekend I made sticky buns, and wish I'd just stuck them in the mix! Looking good.

Janet said...

Your pictures are beautiful!

Julie said...

They look beautiful! Your description of how soft they were made my mouth water!

marias23 said...

Oh, Joey! Your drid fig topping for your bunz sounds tantalizing! I've only made the cinnamon rolls; now you've made me want to bake the bunz!

Caroline said...

These look great! I'll have to try the sticky buns next time - i only did the cinnamon ones.

Chez Denise et Laudalino said...

Figs what a great idea - yum! I will have to give them a whirl next time!

June said...

Beautiful buns! I'm glad to know I wasn't the only one that had to reroll the buns!

Augustina said...

Wonderful sticky buns! This was my first challenge too.

Michelle said...

Mmm those look fabulous!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Kelly-pea! Thanks! :) Haha! Nice to get a little "spiffy" sometimes ;)

Thank you Yvonne! Happy to be baking with all of you! :)

Thanks Hilda! :) It's great to be a part of it and I'm looking forward to more baking!

Hi Helene! Thank you so much for such a nice comment :) I liked the way the figs worked out here as well :)

Hi Anita! Thanks! I loved the gooey-ness :)

Thanks Brilynn! They were great :)

Hi Katrina! Thank you! :) This is how I like my buns too...and the figs were really great! To think I just used them because they were available...turned out even better!

Thanks Breadchick! Glad to be onboard :)

Hi Dolores! I loved this recipe too...so there will be more times for me as well :)

Thank you Marce! I really really enjoyed it and the recipe was perfect! :)

Hi Jenny! Thank you :) Well, these were dried figs so they stay ok longer :)

Thanks Janet! :)

Hi Julie! Thanks :) It was really soft...such a fabulous recipe!

Hi Mariaz23! I really like sticky buns but I do also want to try the cinnamon buns sometime :)

Hi Caroline! They were really good :) I meanwhile have to try the cinnamon rolls next time :)

Thanks Chez Denise et Laudalino! They did pretty well in these buns :)

Hi June! You too? I'm also glad I wasn't alone in the re-rolling! :)

Hi Augustina! Thanks! Isn't it exciting? :) Welcome!

Thank you Michelle! :)

Baking Soda said...

Hi Joey and welcome! Those look so good..and figs..mmmm

Pille said...

Hey, I'm so glad you've joined, Joey!!! Now, shall we two have a Dallaspulla bake-off? :)

lobstersquad said...

you dare, girl! they look great.

Brittany said...

They look fantastic! Stcky buns are a very fitting first challenge for a breakfast conasseur such as yourself!

Quellia said...

Great work Daring Baker! I don't know that I would have put figs in the buns, but with all that amazing caramel, you could probably put anything in there and it would still taste great!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Wow, congratulations! Your "Sticky Buns" look wonderful and ever so perfect!
I've also joined the group, so my first time will be this month...

Cheers,

Rosa

ChichaJo said...

Hi Baking Soda! Thanks! :)

Hi Pille! I'm glad I've joined too :) Just say when you wanna Dallaspulla! :)

Thanks Ximena! :)

Hi Brittany! Thank you :) I stuck some buns in freezer so I can do a breakfast too!

Hi Quellia! The figs went quite well in the buns, getting deliciously sticky as dried fruit do when baked in a ton of glaze, heehee :)

Hi Rosa! Yay! So we both did our first challenge this month...will hop right over to check out your buns :)

Aoife said...

You say you had trouble getting at tight roll, but they look beautifully coiled to me! I like the idea of using figs as well.

Gabi said...

Yu-umm and with figs too?!
Congrats on making your first challenge so beautiful- form one newbie to another!
xoxo

docchef said...

mmmm... looks yummy...and stickyy

Lani said...

Wow Joey, great job! It looks really delicious.

christine said...

Wow Jo, congratulations! You've outdone yourself once again, they look and sound perfect! Yay to the new daring baker! :)

wmpe said...

Your sticky buns look delicious!. I have never baked with figs - I might have to try them in something sometime. Your post was delightful to read. Wendy

Anonymous said...

Goodness those look delectably tempting!

I almost joined the Daring Bakers but alas, my schedule wouldn't allow me to be as bold as you. I'll just live vicariously through your adventures for now - how you don't mind? :)

Ari (Baking and Books)

Canadian Baker said...

Sweet buns Joey! I love your pictures and I found the dough soft too but as you said, it all worked out in the end!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Aoife! Yes, because I re-rolled each individual bun! :)

Hi Gabi! And congratulations to you too! :)

Hi Docchef! They were sticky indeed :)

Thanks Lani! :)

Hi Nens! Thank you :) The recipe was really good!

Hi Wendy! Thanks :) These dried figs are great in baked goods I think...chewy and crunchy at the same time :)

Hi Ari! No problem at all! :) I know how busy you are...all the things you take on a quite admirable :)

Hi Canadian Baker! Thanks! Yes, the dough was soft and I'm sure the heat and humidity where I live didn't really help, haha! But yes, all's well that ends well :)

Joan said...

Hi joey.
i'm glad you're baking na.
How come you were not there last sunday during the yummy cook-off? i thought i'm gonna meet you na. i was looking forward for it pa naman.

to break the good news, i won the blogger category. one on one competition on the stage with ernesto of dalanghita.com.

hope to you see you some other time. :-)

valentinA said...

Hmm, beautiful sticky buns, Joey!:)
I wish I lived near your home so I could sneak in & grab one!:)

aria said...

thank god you dare because i don't! those looks WONDERFUL! i love the dried figs on top too. mmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

Deborah said...

Great idea to add the figs instead of raisins! Your first challenge was a complete success!!

Courtney said...

looks wonderful, i wish i made sticky buns yum yum

Rose said...

Gorgeous buns!

Rasa Malaysia said...

I suck at baking so I dare not join even though it does sound like lots of fun.

Anyone wants to start newbie bakers? I will join.

christine said...

Bee, I'll join you! haha Though I can't commit to deadlines, sigh, I'm so bad at that.

Jo-jo, just want to make you kulit here too... HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! :)

The Cooking Ninja said...

wow! I love your sticky buns. They are so moist and yummy.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Joan! So sorry I couldn't make it! But wow! Congratualations on your win :) Bravo, bravo!!!

Hi Valentina! Wish you lived nearby too...so I could get some of your matcha baked goodies! :)

Thank you Aria! I loved the way it came out with the figs :)

Hi Deborah! To think that it was all for convenience sake...and ended up working so well :)

Hi Courtney! Thanks :)

Thanks Rose :)

Hi Bee! I'm no expert but there are lots of daring bakers out there to answer questions :) And your banana muffins looked so great girl!

Hey Nens! Thank you! :) You are too sweet! :) Big hug!

Hi Cooking Ninja! Thank you :) It was really a great recipe!

Laura Rebecca said...

Oh my God, those buns are gorgeous! Beautiful work!

Ash said...

Wow, yours look great!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Laura Rebecca! Thank you! :)

Thanks Ash!

Lis said...

Joey! We are so happy to have you!

Your sticky buns look mighty fine, sweetie! I love how you used fig.. YUM!!

Welcome to the DB'ers!

xoxo

ChichaJo said...

Thank you Lis! It's great and exciting to be a part of this group...you guys are an awesome bunch :)

african vanielje said...

Joey, doncha just love the DBers. I've discovered so many fab new blogs like yours. Your buns are great and what a gorgeous addition the figs are. I think I'll try those next.

Shayne said...

yes doing my first Daring Baker was great and the kids and I are working on our second challenge today.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Vanielje! Yes, such a great bunch and so much fun! :) Thanks!

Hi Shayne! Oooh! I better get cracking! :)

Lori said...

Hi Joey! Congratulations on being part of the Daring Bakers group. I certainly don't dare! :p Kudos to you. Maybe one time we can swap sweets.

ces said...

congratulations on this! you really are so daring! i've been trying to convince myself to make some esp. for the kids but haven't been so successful til now...

ChichaJo said...

Hi Lori! Thanks! :) Swap sweets with you? Just say when!!! Can I choose all my favorites from your archives or just the top 10? :) :) Heehee :)

Hi Ces! This recipe is really great...you should try it! :) And it's good that I'm doing this as I really need someone to push me in the baking department! :)