Monday, 7 March 2011

Blogging and Buns

Hope you all had a lovely weekend!

Thankyou everyone for the lovely comments on the giveaway posts over the weekend! It is great to have so much interest shown.

I do love this bloggy virtual social whirl of visiting my favourite blogs to catch up on the latest news. I get to share someone's satisfaction from their latest fantastic vintage bargains, to drool over the latest yummy recipe, to wow at the beautiful flower photos from their garden, or be amazed at the cleverness of their latest project. Then there is the fun when friends visit here - I find a lovely comment left after a visit, and so on and on it goes!!!! Its like popping in and out of a neighbours house sharing whatever's happening at the time.

It is also lovely to see some new visitors - welcome to my world!!! It is lovely to have you here, and it means some lovely new blogs to discover in return - I shall look forward to visiting you at your blog!

The weekend seemed to go very quickly as usual, but I did find a bit of time late sunday afternoon whilst roasting a chicken (stuffed with the first lemon (a la Nigella's recipe) from our lemon tree) to try out a recipe for cinnamon buns that my daughter found on the internet.

I adore cinnamon. I love the smell of it, especially when its wafting out of the oven!

So when my daughter asked me to try this out, I didn't need much persuading. We don't know whose recipe it is as my daughter can't remember where she found it, but we think it is from the US as the measurements are in cups.

So thankyou to the unknown person!!!

Cinnamon Buns
2 cups white flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tblsp sugar
1/2 cup butter
2/3 cup milk (approx)
3 tblsp melted butter
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar (I used demerara for crunchiness)
3 tsps cinnamon
1/3 cup powdered (icing) sugar
approx 1 tblsp water to mix

For the dough - Sift and mix dry ingredients. Rub in the butter until mixture is the consistency of cornmeal (breadcrumbs to the british - like making pastry!)
Add enough milk until dough makes a soft ball.
Roll out on floured board into a long rectangular shape about 1/4" thick. (I cut dough in half and made two separate rectangles )
 Spoon melted butter all over, spreading evenly.
Mix the filling sugars and cinnamon together in a small bowl or cup - sprinkle evenly over the melted butter.
Carefully roll up the cinnamon dough tightly like a swiss roll, lengthwise, sticking the edges together at the end.
Cut the long tube of dough into 1" slices with a sharp knife, then place on a greased baking tray 1 " apart, whirly side showing
Bake at 180c for approx 10 minutes until lightly browned and cooked through.

These are delicious warm from the oven, but if you can wait til they've cooled on a cake rack, then drizzle icing over - simply mix the icing sugar and water until smooth and to your preferred consistency.

We found that we could happily have doubled the icing recipe as there was not really enough - next time we will!

These are great any time of day!

Despite a frosty start this morning, it has been the most lovely spring day here today - brilliant blue sky and real warmth in the sun, although a bit chilly out of it. Not had much time to be out in it due to other committments, but have high hopes for a gardening day tomorrow.

I have some pretty primulas to plant in pots for the front step, they've been waiting for several weeks now, then there's clearing borders and cutting back and pruning and vegetable seed sowing to do.

And then on to the next sewing project - not sure what next -  I have so many pages of ideas and inspirations, lists of what I want to make, but sometimes I just go with what takes my fancy at the time.

My daughter wants me to make her an eye mask, does anybody know of a good pattern? As usual I shall probably just make one up - shouldn't be too difficult I would think - famous last words!!!!!

Have a great evening!


  1. I know what you mean about the joy that comes from this blogging business. I love the feeling of having friends all over the world. Wouldn't it be lovely if we could all meet in person for a cuppa? Oh well :)
    I loved seeing a pic of your workspace. I'm still settling into mine.
    The buns look yummy. I'm cooking an apple cake today which has cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg in it. I hope it's nice.
    Have a great day/night!

  2. I too love blogging. Sometimes I can't get to everyone's blog and leave a comment, then I feel badly. With that said I really do enjoy this outlet so much. Lovely photos today!!

  3. Love the picture of the 2 of them on the cute.

  4. Ilike the way you describe blogging like popping into neighbours. It's wonderful discovering lots ofpeole who like things you do and you can find out and share so much.
    Like those cinnamon buns, they look delish.Will be having a go at those at some point.
    Lisa x

  5. Ooo what a gorgeous post! I have always wanted to try cinnamon buns so thing I will give it a go this weekend!!! Yum! That pic of the little cat is beautiful!!! x

  6. I too love blogging. The blogging community are such a lovely bunch of people, so supportive and generous. Those cinnamon buns look delicious. Bessie looks so comfy curled up on your creations.

  7. We love anything 'cinnamonny' So we'll definitely be trying your recipe!


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