Friday, October 14, 2011

Cinnamon Bun Cupcakes!

What's better than a sticky, sweet mess in the shape of a roll? How about a sticky, sweet mess in the shape of a cupcake?

Being fall, I decided it was time to start with some winter-type baking. And the first thing that came to mind was cinnamon buns....but everybody makes cinnamon buns, they're nothing special (However, they're still delicious) So for a potluck lunch I recently attended, I gave the basic cinnamon bun a slight twist. And it was quite  a hit. A new name for this creation is still up in the air. The debate is between "cinnafins" (a cinnamon bun muffin) and "cinnacups" (obviously a cinnamon bun cupcake). But besides not having an official name, this dessert is pretty simple and very tasty.

Now I'm not sure but I have reason to believe you could use any cinnamon bun recipe and just put each bun in a cupcake liner to achieve this dessert, but nonetheless, I shall share the recipe that I used.

 Cinnamon Buns:
2 cups milk
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt
6 1/2 cups flour
2 eggs
1/4 melted butter

1/2 cup melted butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons cinnamon
2 cups finely chopped apples

*In  small saucepan, warm milk to 110 F, Pour milk into a large bowl and dissolve in yeast and sugar.
*Add salt and 2 cups of flour, beat for two minutes.
*Beat in eggs and butter, stir in remaining flour.
**I wasn't able to mix in all the flour without kneading it by hand on the counter.**
*After kneading for about 5 minutes, Put dough back in bowl, cover with a towel and let sit for 40 minutes (I may have been impatient and only let it sit for 25 minutes....)
**Now would be the time to make the filling: mix sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, butter, and apples in a small bowl.**

*Roll dough into a large rectangle and brush with butter. Sprinkle filling over top.
*Roll the dough into a log and cut into equal pieces about one inch thick.
*Place the pieces in a lined cupcake pan; cover and let sit for another 40 minutes (25 seems to work here too).
*Heat the oven to 350 F. Before putting the pans in the oven, brush butter over the tops of the cupcakes.
*Bake for 20 minutes.
 Apple Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons & 1 teaspoon apple juice
*mix together and drizzle over cupcakes once baked.

Yum, yum, yum! They were amazing! Hope you're enjoying the chilly fall weather by baking up a storm :)

Take care,
Sydney <3

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