So, on the look out for something manageable after the last disappointment and waiting for the new Heston episodes on Masterchef Australia, I stumbled over a recipe on the Waitrose website: Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread. Weird name, but hey, I thought my family loves cinnamon scrolls, and this is cinnamon scrolls as dessert!
The recipe serves 3. There are three of us. Perfect, no?
Let's check out the steps.
- Make the dough
- Make the caramel
- Make the cinnamon butter
- Roll out the dough, lather with cinnamon butter
- Put the caramel in ramekins, top with cinammon scroll
Let's try it out, and see if I am as swish as Heston (hint.. no.)
Making the dough
Add the butter, vanilla and egg to the yeasty milk. Then add that to the flour and salt.
Make the caramelThis caramel has apple in it. Rather shades of the apple caramels we made a while back. This one uses apple sauce.
Make the cinnamon rollsSo roll out the pastry. I went to a tapas class last week, where I conviently learned how to improve my pastry rolling skills. (Sidebar: In case you didn't know this either. Don't roll all the way to the edge - leave a gap at the top and bottom, then when you turn it to roll the other way, it makes a better shape, and more even thickeness). This turned out the be very timely, because you want thin, even dough for this.
Assemble the scrolls into the ramekinsRealise you have more dough than you need, and make up a fourth one so whoever likes it best can have seconds. Or the same dessert tomorrow night. They go to prove again for 20 minutes.
ServeTurn them out and serve with extra caramel.
- One 'guest' of the smaller and younger variety, liked it very much. Because ... cinnamon scrolls for dessert! With caramel!!
- The other 'guest' felt they were ... I'll edit and prove the gist. Why not just make cinnamon scrolls? They are lighter, and tastier and there is nothing wrong with them.
- I felt like they were just a bit much. Too big, and overwhelming and over sweet as a dessert. I fear I concur with my husband on this one.
- I did like the finer scrolls (thinner dough) and would probably do this for breakfast scrolls in the future.
- I have no idea why they needed to rest for four hours in the middle, it felt excessive and didn't seem to produce a different quality outcome to Nigella's shorter process.
- Not a failure or anything, just... uninspired. I am suspecting my standards for Heston are getting higher as I move on...
Next: Time for another dinner party... I have my eye on a few potential candidates.