I typically plan out the recipes I share with you all pretty far in advance. I have a list of favorite recipes and they’re all scheduled out meticulously. However, sometimes something new and unexpected comes along and ruins that entire schedule. Today, is one of those recipes.
Enter the cinnamon roll wreath. Yes, you read that right. I first saw this on Sally’s Baking Addiction. If you haven’t met Sally, you gotta check her out! I’ve been following her for years. There’s not a recipe on her blog that I don’t trust. She’s a genius!
Anywho, so I saw this recipe on her blog. I was so amazed at the beauty of the wreath. I had never seen anything like it. Ever! I loved the uniqueness of it. It was sure to be a hit at any brunch or party. I had a college football tailgate coming up and I thought everyone would love this wreath. Plus, it was huge and could feed a bunch of people so it was perfect for feeding a crowd.
People went CRAZY for this wreath! The reaction from everyone was kind of shocking. I knew people would like it but man…everyone kept coming up to it and gasping in delight. I must admit, I felt pretty proud of myself that morning.
Because of the reaction, I knew I had to make this again and share it with you all.
The best part about this wreath is that you can use any cinnamon bun dough that you want. I used the dough recipe from these apple pie cinnamon rolls. For the filling, I used 2 tablespoons of melted butter, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1 1/2 tablespoons of cinnamon. And don’t forget that icing! I used a simple recipe: 1 cup powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons milk, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. But you can use water you want. I have a great cream cheese icing recipe on those apple pie cinnamon rolls so feel free to use that, instead.
Oh and I can’t forget those festive sprinkles! I added those at the end to make them perfect for holiday entertaining. Or even for Christmas breakfast! What’s even better, you can switch out the sprinkles for different holidays: hearts for Valentine’s Day, clovers for St Patrick’s day, patriotic sprinkles for 4th of July…The possibilities are endless!
I know this wreath sounds super intimidating. When I first saw it, I thought “How can this even be possible?!” But when reading Sally’s blog, she referred her readers to the tutorial on The Kitchn, where they showed step-by-step photos how to make a cinnamon dough wreath. It looked so easy. There is no way you can mess this wreath up. But in case you still don’t feel up to the challenge, I have some more tips for you:
- Just like I say every single time, you gotta knead the dough for the full 5 minutes. I always knead by hand because I can get a better read on the dough that way. Once it’s smooth and elastic, it’s ready for proofing.
- When rolling up the dough with filling, make sure you roll it tight and evenly. This will ensure that your cinnamon rolls are all the same size. When I made it the first time, half of the cinnamon rolls were huge and the other half were normal. So I knew better the second time around.
- Before you cut the dough, place it on your baking sheet. It is such a pain to transfer the cut log and try to keep it together. Trust me.
- Make sure the seam stays tucked and face down. The first time I made it, it wasn’t perfectly tucked so it slightly unraveled during baking. It was so slight so it only looked a little wonky and I don’t think anyone really noticed. But I noticed so it was enough for me to learn from the mistake.
- Just remember: even if it doesn’t look perfect to you, everyone else will be so amazed by it that they won’t even see those little imperfections. So don’t worry and give it a try!
Now, you’re ready to tackle this cinnamon wreath! If you are still worried about trying it out, just shoot me a comment or email and I promise to help you as much as I can. You can do this!
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