Last night, I was supposed to go to my friends' place for a wine and game night, but I decided to make cinnamon buns first and they took so long that I didn't get to go play games. Curse you little bundles of doughy cinnamon sugar goodness...
You're probably wondering why I would make them if I just told you how much I despise them. Well, it's a long story, a few years in the making actually. But we'll skip all the details. All you need to know is that my friend Justin is a very important person in my life, and that he likes cinnamon buns. That was kind of our thing: whenever I found something cinnamon-bun related, I would post it on his wall. So for his birthday this year, I decided a few months ago that I was going to make him a GIANT cinnamon bun. Then, about two weeks ago, out of the blue, he tells me that cinnamon buns are no longer his favorite, but instead he likes apple crisp. Um, excuse me? I don't think so. I had been planning this thing for months, and you're just going to pick something ordinary and boring and unattractive as a birthday cake? Great.
There was no way I was going to make him a pan of apple crisp for his birthday, so I talked it over with Stacy, and she came up with the idea of combining the two. It ended up in the end being more of just apple cinnamon buns and it kind of lacked the "crisp" aspect, but I think it gets my point across. All that matters is that I had no idea what I was doing, and they turned out AMAZING. Paula Deen, you are my heroine for this base recipe. I was trying to rush to get to game night, so I'm sorry I don't have step by step photos, but they are really easy to make, so just follow Paula's instructions and you should have no trouble.
Apple Cinnamon Buns
Recipe adapted from Paula Deen
Yield: About 2 dozen