Why cloud nine cakes?
I remember the best cinnamon scroll I ever ate. I was 10, on holiday with my family in Vale. I had had a fight with my brother and left the ski slopes in a huff. Walking back to the lodge I found a bakery – went in and found my anger and frustration disappear as I enjoyed every bite of a sweet glazed cinnamon scroll.
I love that food and flavours can turn a bad day around and that the memory of a meal can transport you in a second back to an exact moment in time.
These cinnamon scented sweetened yeast breads remind me of that cinnamon scroll I ate in Vale.
I named them cloud nine cakes – as while they look like clouds – they remind me that food is my way of expressing me.
1 x 7gram pack of dried active yeast
60 gram unsalted butter, melted
2/3 cup sour cream
3 tablespoons caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups plain flour, sifted
a pinch salt
½ cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
For the icing:
1 cup icing sugar, sifted
2 tablespoons milk
Preheat oven to 180°C.
Place ¼ cup of warm water in the bowl of stand mixer and sprinkle over the yeast. Leave to stand for 5-8 minutes or until it starts to bubble. Stir in butter, sour cream, sugar, egg and vanilla. Mix in the flour and salt and mix for 10-15 minutes or until a smooth sticky dough forms.
Cover with plastic wrap and leave in a warm dry place until the dough has doubled in size (about 1 hour)Let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
In the meantime in a small bowl, mix cinnamon and sugar for coating. Lighlty grease a 6 hole texas muffin tin.
Divide the dough into 6 portions and roll each one into logs 2 cm thick. Cut one log into 9 equal size pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and roll in the cinnamon sugar. Repeat with remaining dough.
Arrange nine balls in each muffin hole, cover with a damp tea towel and leave to rise for 40 minutes.
Bake the cakes for 20-25 minutes, or until golden. Leave to cool in pan for 5 minutes.. Use a knife to help remove buns from pan. Place buns on a wire rack. Place a piece of parchment paper underneath wire rack. In a small bowl, mix the icing sugar and milk together until smooth.Drizzle each cake generously with icing.