Dark Chocolate Espresso Cinnamon Buns

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As a kid I kind of had a thing for cinnamon buns… and when I tell you that I had “a thing” for cinnamon buns, that’s basically just a nice way for me to say that I was something of a crazed cinnamon bun addicted child; a lover of soft fluffy yeast dough; a fiend for things smothered in cream cheese frosting! You get the gist… I was hopelessly devoted to the cinnamon bun stuff.

My mum would take me to the store to pick up groceries – and by groceries I mean ingredients like broccoli and wheat bran; Healthy foods that didn’t include things like store bought cinnamon buns. But it was okay, because I would strategically join her on these field trips to the grocery store for this very reason – to convince her that cinnamon buns were a necessary addition to our weekly grocery haul.

Upon entry into the store, I would separate from my mother {who was probably headed for the aisle with said wheat bran} and I would make a B-line straight for the bakery department –  I knew she would have no choice but to follow me. I was still a child after all, and as such I was not to be left to wander in the supermarket aisles unattended.

I may have been a crazed cinnamon bun addict, but I knew how the world worked…

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Cinnamon Pecan Twists

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So I have gotten a little bit obsessed with creating baked goodies that include yeast lately… I don’t really know why. There is just something about mixing up a dough, and after letting it rise coming back to find a puffed up ball of dough that is twice the size of what you started with that just gets me downright giddy. Do you get this? That feeling of pure joy over a ball of yeast dough…?? I’m sure I can’t be the only one who leaps for joy over rising dough… okay may I am- moving on.

Basically I have been going through the yeast in my pantry like it’s going out of style and I have had to make numerous trips to the grocery store to re-stock. So anticipate some more bread and yeast dough themed recipes to be coming soon to a theater near you – because once again, I have a new baking obsession. I know – what else is new right?

My obsession with yeast began a few weeks ago, when I made a batch of Peach Cinnamon Buns for the Haney Farmers Market society to taste test as a possible new addition to our Farmers Market line up. The ladies informed me that they loved them, so I was free to sell whatever cinnamon buns of my choosing at any upcoming markets. So sell them I did…

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