Jazzing up refrigerated cinnamon buns
Last night DH was craving something sweet, so I tried the new Grands Cinnabon cinnamon buns (I know they're not new, but there was something new-and-improved about these, extra flaky maybe?) with pourover icing.
They were huge, and actually pretty good, though I would have preferred a bit more icing.
I think they need something else, though. Anyone have a good idea on how to jazz these things up? Can't really manipulate the dough too much, but I was thinking maybe adding pecans, or unrolling the rolls (this is pretty easy) and spreading more "stuff" inside.
God Help me, this is what we made in college (and for a few years thereafter):
8 oz cream cheese.
Let the horror begin -
Make yourself a little assembly line of a bowl of melted butter, and a bowl of sugar/cinnamon mixture. Cube the cream cheese to equal the number of canned biscuits you have. Take a piece of cream cheese, dip it in butter, roll it in cin/sugar, place in the middle of a biscuit and fold the biscuit dough up around it. Dip entire package in butter, roll in cin/sugar, place seam side down in a muffin tin. Repeat.
We thought they were fantastic, but then again, we were comparing it do the dining hall. I have not tried this in...ahem...some years, and cannot say how it actually tastes to an adult.
I've been known to embellish a few canned doughs in my time. For the Pillsbury variety I've tried adding:
ground nut ginger and orange peels over the top
essense of rose water - just a splash
brushed scotch on dough after baking
added rough chopped dark chocolate to the dough roll
but the one add-on the gets the biggest rave is: cinnamon-almond/chocolate buns
unroll the dough and brush on almond extract, re roll
when out of the oven top with toasted almonds and chocolate sprinkles to melt/heat up a bit then very lightly just drizzle the icing that comes with.
I think that would be a great idea. I am no Sandra Lee ;-), but I like the idea of fixing up store bought items that I already like. I usually have candied pecans on hand and chopping and adding them would be good. I usually think those rolls are sweet enough, but adding more spice (cinnamon, clove, nutmeg) might be good, too.