Today felt like the first day of autumn. It was noticeably cooler, the colleges are back and the sky darkened earlier. From the heavy fog that lingered outside this morning to the steadily increasing amount of Halloween stock in the shops; all the signs are here that a whole new season has begun.
I love the cosiness of this time of year — the reintroduction of knitted jumpers, hot drinks and comfort food. Online, people are going crazy for everything pumpkin spice but I’m not really familiar with that flavour (am I missing out?!). I think it’s just not something you readily come across here in Ireland. For me, autumn spices typically include nutmeg, cloves and — of course — cinnamon.
I love baking with cinnamon so when I came across this recipe for Cinnamon Rolls on Sally’s Baking Addiction, I knew I’d have to give it a try. I was definitely a little apprehensive as I haven’t made many things that require yeast. I carefully read the method and got to work…and before I knew it, I’d made one serious rookie mistake.
Looking back on it now, it was pretty stupid (and it wasn’t even to do with the yeast!). The recipe calls for one large egg but I only had medium and — without really thinking — I decided, oh sure I’ll just throw in two medium eggs instead…! The result was a shockingly wet and sloppy dough. I did my best to knead it and then allowed it to rest (hoping it would magically fix itself in the meantime). With the next step, I was meant to roll out this mess of a dough. Instead I just poked it, sighed and threw the lot in the bin. What a waste and such a ridiculous mistake! I was so annoyed with myself but instead of letting it get the better of me, I started again. I stuck with the one medium egg and thankfully it worked just fine. I really need to study the ingredients properly as well as the method in future!
Baking-wise, second time around was a lot better. I did make one other mistake with this batch and that was to leave it in the oven a few minutes too long. They turned out just the slightest bit darker than I wanted but they still taste pretty delicious! Buttery and chewy with its sweet and spiced filling, these rolls are such a lovely treat on a crisp autumn day/cool September evening. Making these has also made me feel a bit braver about working with yeast and I’ll be on the look-out now for similar recipes that will challenge me to do something different. If ever there was a good time to brush up on your baking skills, it would have to be autumn!