When I was in America in 2010, one thing I ate changed my life forever! One of the great things about the USA is the ability to make the most shockingly bad for you junk food taste unbelievably amazing! On a day trip down to San Diego from Los Angeles, we stopped for a snack in a mall. It was one of those places with heaps of options for food. I picked out a Cinnabon. I was sold. I couldn't stop thinking about this gooey, sticky, warm, melt-in-your-mouth cinnamon bun. My memories of cinnamon buns are of a somewhat dry scone. A Cinnabon is anything but! I only ate one more in the three weeks we were travelling around the States. The second was during a stopover in Delaware in transit from NYC to Washington DC on the world's dodgiest bus (Only $20 a ticket- we were certain there was some illegal cargo on board....!) We couldn't eat on the bus, so I save my little Cinnabon until we got to our hotel in Georgetown. Even after 4 hours travel, it was still amazing!
So anyway, the last 4 years I've been dreaming of Cinnabon's. Although New Zealand is becoming increasingly Americanised, there is a slim to none chance of Cinnabon opening a shop here. For some reason, I've never attempted making my own Cinnamon buns, thinking they would be really hard, or too much like a weird scone. This week I came across this recipe. I decided to just give it a go, and WOW I was so glad! These buns are almost EXACTLY what I remember Cinnabon to be, maybe even better?! Needless to say, I've made two batches this week, and basically the sole consumer (eek!). I added in some raisins for a bit of extra flavour and I think they are just beautiful. If you were like me in thinking that these are too hard, definitely give them a go! This recipe is SUPER easy!