Sunday, March 28, 2010

Overnight Cinnamon Buns


My new food craze? Overnight cinnamon buns. This is a breakfast designed to impress your out-of-town guests, conveniently with all the prep completed the day before. Oh that's right, you and C live in a funky ONE bedroom apartment, and most of your family is within a 15 minute driving distance. Since we have a ferry or a mountain pass between many of our loved ones, Chilliwack, and Chateau Campbell, has become the place to visit. As you know we boast beautiful mountain views, lovely lakes, and Caleb's favourite - a plethora of cheap thrift stores. The newest attraction to the list? You got it, Sunday morning cinnamon bun breakfast.

I use this recipe with the following changes. I use only 1/4 sugar for the dough, I reduce the eggs from 3 to 2, and I use only 2 T butter. Last time, instead of making 12 buns I divided the dough into 14 buns to make them slightly smaller, mostly so that I can eat 2 for breakfast with a little less guilt. Oh, and instead of putting them in my already bursting fridge, I let them rise overnight in the cool garage (To clarify: 'Cool' as in temperature, please don't mistake this as a nod to Mike's NBA Jam video arcade game).

Since we have a household divide on raisins I do half with and half without - they are good without raisins too, but I have a hard time abstaining from food loves. So after I spread the filling on the dough I sprinkle half with raisins and leave half plain.

The final tweak is that I like to make a cream cheese glaze. I cream aprox 1/3 c cream cheese with 3/4 cup icing sugar and then add milk 1 T at a time until I have the desired consistency. I haven't tinkered with whole wheat flour yet, but might need to if I keep pumping these out of my oven at this rate.

OK, Rach nap time is ticking away and I have a new stack of library books!

Please note: While Mike and I love having overnight guests, we have ensured that our 'guest bed' (mattress on the floor), is only comfortable enough for about three nights, thus enabling good times and memories for both parties.


  1. Yummmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!!!! Now I just need some sleep over guests to impress.

  2. OK, book us in for a night and cinnamon-y morning sometime the weekend of May 14th? We're sold.

  3. Can't wait to see the Neufeld clan!

  4. It's official, Chateau Campbell just got REALLY busy!