I decided to make a few cinnamon buns for a photo shoot for iStock and ShutterStock. I may have eaten a few of them too...I can't say for sure. What I can tell you is that there were originally 24 and now there are 8. But the rest is a blur.
I loved going to Cinnabon when I traveled with the CFIA (we don't have one here on The Rock). I was gob-smacked when I read the nutritional content of the large Caramel Peacanbon that I usually ordered. 1080 calories with 51 grams of fat!
Holy freak! Hard to even say it out loud without fear of sanction from the gluttony detector. "HOW MANY CALORIES???" Stupid, judgmental, all-seeing, gluttony detector. Also know as 'hips'. Grrrrr.
I still indulge in Cinnabon when the rare opportunity presents itself, I just make a point of skipping supper on that day! They are really large cinnamon buns after all, a meal all by themselves.
I have tried several cinnamon bun recipes at home in an attempt to find a cinnamon bun that satisfies. At this point in the hunt I have 3 recipes on which I rely.
One recipe is a traditional yeast recipe and is very close to Cinnabon's (but better actually!). The recipe can be found here. It is a good bit of work but really delicious. The prep time is 2 1/2 hours and the cook time is 30 minutes.
The second is a new recipe to me called Quicker Cinnamon Buns; it uses yeast and baking powder as leavening agents and it is really tasty. It takes a fraction of the time of a traditional recipe, requiring a rise time of 30 minutes (in addition to a prep time of 15 minutes and a bake time of 25 minutes).
The third recipe is my variation on a Jean Paré recipe, Jiffy Cinnamon Rolls. Baking powder is the only leavening agent, resulting in a biscuit-like dough. It is a great recipe that takes about 15 minutes to prepare and 25 minutes to bake. No rise time needed! Scandalous! This recipe the one I included below.
And here is the good news- I used an online nutrition calculator and determined that these cinnamon buns have about 250 calories with 9 grams of fat each (with no icing or glaze). In reality, I suspect mine are about 1/4 the size of a Peacanbon so it kinda makes sense that they are 1/4 the calories. But still, not too shabby for a treat! Good enough to be great but not so bad that you have to worry about the stupid, judgmental, all-seeing, gluttony detector!
I took some pictures to upload to photo libraries. As with most of my close-up food shots, I used my Canon 100mm macro lens. I was looking for some low-key shots and used natural light, a flash and reflectors in all shots. F-stops ranged from 7.1 to 13.
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