The Invasion of the Daring Bakers – the September challenge
Today it’s the usual Daring Bakers Invasion Day and it’s getting to be more and more like an invasion with the membership growing in an exponential way. So for your sake I hope you like Cinnamon rolls and Sticky buns as this is what you are going to see in/on a lot of food blogs today! This month it was the turn of the sweetest Argentinian of them all, Marce’s of Pip In the City to choose a recipe for the challenge and when I saw her choice I knew I didn’t have to worry because Cinnamon rolls is more or less a national sweet in Sweden; when I was a child the ideal mother was a mother feeding you with cinnamon rolls and glasses of milk when you came home from school . My mother didn’t and I don’t but I think we are doing OK as mother’s anyway. Still I do make Cinnamon rolls with my children and my neighbours here absolutely love them! But if the cinnamon rolls themselves weren’t a challenge, following a recipe without changing it is always a challenge to me!
Again I was lucky enough to do the challenge in the company of Tanna of My Kitchen In Half Cups and Karen of Bake My Day, they are such dedicated DBers that they made the buns several times and then they gave me a free ride and let me profit from their experiences, it couldn’t be better for a busy and slightly lazy person like me could it? I’m just so lucky. Karen and I did our baking online, chatting and via web cam, well I could see Karen but she couldn’t see me (she even took me on a tour of her house) but that was just as well I thought when I saw how elegant she was looking and looked down on myself and saw the usual bum outfit. If there ever was a chance of me becoming ladylike that has definitely evaporated into the corners of the universe. But it was delight for the eye to see Karen! Tanna got up at four in the morning just to be able to participate and I am as usual full of admiration, what a woman she is! I have to say that baking with those two is a delight and I’m very happy they have included me into their little circle!
You know how I always complain about how ugly my challenges look compared to the other Daring Bakers’? Well this month I was furba as you say in Italian, I used my youngest daughter who is 5 to assist me so that I could blame it on her! And then they portray us mothers as unselfish madonna like beings – HA! this just proves what a unfitting cliché that is! But the tragic part of it all is that this time the visual result was better than the other times, I sort of stabbed myself in the back here which serves me right! Maybe I should try to adapt to the boring and unfitting cliché after all.
So what do I think about this month’s challenge? I only made the Cinnamon Rolls because I don’t have that much time to spare right now and because the Sticky Buns are a bit too sweet for my liking. I filled half of the buns with cinnamon sugar and for the rest I used my Bay leaf & Vanilla sugar which gave it a nice dimension but I still prefer them in the traditional way. I wasn’t impressed with this recipe compared to my usual one, the buns are a bit dry and you have to eat them quite quickly. I did like the addition of lemon zest in the dough and I will use that again! And Marce, even though I might seem negative, I really enjoyed this challenge because Cinnamon buns are always Cinnamon buns, thank you for choosing them for this month! You can find the recipe over here and please take a look at what the other Daring Baker’s thought about it, here’s the complete blog roll!