Now, I am a big fan of cinnamon rolls. Whenever I pass a Cinnabon, it’s like the Cinnabon is a giant magnet and I am just a big old cinnamon-obsessed paper clip. It’s just plain sad, the lack of self-control that I have. But when it comes to actually making cinnamon rolls myself, my recipe goes something like this:
“Hi Mom! How are you? Oh me? I’m fine. I was just sitting here thinking about those fabulous cinnamon rolls that you make…*sigh*….”
Bingo. Cinnamon rolls.
But sadly for me, sometimes Mom is actually out of town and not sitting by the phone waiting for me to call, which is why I was thrilled to find this recipe on Baking Bites. It has all the cinnamon-sweet flavor of those fabulous rolls — but you make it in a regular 8×8 baking pan with none of the trials and tribulations of the yeast dough, and the rolling, and the rising, etc etc. The cinnamon filling gets swirled right into the dough so that when you cut into it, you get these amazing ribbons of cinnamon sugar goodness right through the center of the cake. (I know, the recipe says this is Cinnamon Bun Bread, and so that is what I am officially calling it, but honestly? It’s cake. I’m just being straight with you here.)
So on those occasions when Mom is actually out there doing something besides making me her amazing cinnamon rolls and I have a cinnamon roll emergency, I have this recipe in my back pocket. What a relief.
CINNAMON BUN BREAD, adapted from Baking Bites