Yeah, best laid plans and all that jazz. I ended up starting them around 8pm and pulled them out of the oven around 11:30pm. Plus, I had an audience the whole time I was putting them together. Oy - my dough rolling skills aren't pretty people! I think I got all the measurements right, but I must have read them a dozen times per section because I'd forget something from one side of the kitchen to the other. (Was that Tablespoon or teaspoon. There's no way that's Tablespoon of cinnamon! Wait, one or three?)
Let's go back a day. Take a look at the picture on the left. Notice anything weird? Yeah that little dohicky sticking out the side. I was babysitting my dancing KA while it worked the dough when I happened to look back and see this piece working it's way to freedom. (I let it work out this far for a picture, but it was probably twice that when I noticed it the first time.) I don't know what would have happened if it had kept going, but how scary is that?
The dough went together as smooth this time as last (ignoring that pesky dohicky), and all the elements of the buns were quick and easy too. The only slight glitch (besides the audience - I don't know how Rachael Ray does it) was the baking time. All the yeasty recipes for TWD end up way too brown if I leave them in for the recipe time. So I checked these with time to spare (maybe 5 minutes, maybe 10 minutes - it was late! I can't be expected to remember times this late!!) and took them out because they looked done. (Seriously, don't those look done?)
Turns out they were not quite done in the middle and the whole thing fell about a minute after I got the pictures taken. Still taste awesome, but next time I'll know to put foil on them and cook for the full time. (I remembered to do that for the brioche loaf and it came out perfect. Argh!)
I'm still amazed that pan of messy gooeyness turned into such a beautiful sticky bun. I love that now I know how to make such an impressive dessert/breakfast dish!
Many thanks to Madam Chow of Madam Chow's Kitchen for picking this sticky, ooey, gooey treat!