Pecan Cinnamon Buns – In A Snap

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When we were growing up. my mom worked part-time at the local neighborhood bakery.  Yum!  She would leave the house in the early hours of the morning leaving my grandmother the task of rousing us from our beds, feeding us breakfast, and then sending us on our way to school.  Fortunately, our walk to school took us right past the bakery.  I still remember those freezing winter mornings, steamy condensation clouding the windows of the bakery and the amazing smell of yeast as we pushed our way into the warmth inside.  Although there were cases filled with all sorts of yummy baked goods, I always went for the same thing – a fresh out of the oven glazed yeast doughnut.  To this day I can still recall the smell and taste of that doughnut.  A memory never to be replaced.
Although I am a doughnut lover at heart, a good cinnamon bun comes in a close second as my favorite breakfast treat.  Looking back, I don’t remember our local bakery even making a cinnamon bun.  A prepackaged imposter from the supermarket was the closest I came to one during my childhood.   And to be honest, I probably had that at a friend’s home since it just wasn’t something my parents would have bought for us.  I think I was probably in my twenties before I had an authentic cinnamon bun.  During a weekend getaway to Santa Barbara, my husband and I visited a beach stand made famous off their CB reputation alone.  It DID NOT disappoint!
Over the years I have often made my own “from scratch” version of this cinnamon-y treat.  Being a yeast based dough, the process is a bit time consuming with long periods of rest in between rises.  Unless you begin a day ahead, it is nearly impossible to enjoy the fruits of your labor along with your morning coffee.  Until now that is.  Relying on baking powder and baking soda instead of yeast, this recipe insures a freshly baked cinnamon bun in under an hour – give or take 10 minutes.  Trust me when I say you won’t miss the yeast  – or any sleep.

Note:  Combining the filling ingredients and measuring out the dry ingredients the night before is an easy time saver.


Source: Bon Apetit Magazine

3 thoughts on “Pecan Cinnamon Buns – In A Snap

  1. This is my favorite recipe! So delicious and perfect for a lazy Sunday morning!

  2. I made these for Valentine’s Day breakfast. They came together so easily,and are amazing. My son took the extras to school for his teachers (big hit).