Saturday, March 18, 2017

Sourdough Cinnamon Bun & Celebrating the launch of a new Canadian cookbook FEAST + Giveaway

Yukon Sourdough Cinnamon BunsI recently attended the launch for "FEAST: Recipe and Stories from a Canadian Road Trip" in Edmonton at Audrey's Books. This cookbook is the culmination of stories and recipes gathered by authors Lindsay Anderson and Dana Vanveller's road trip back in the summer of 2013. For 5 months they road tripped across all 10 of our Canadian provinces including three territories in a small car. Throughout the cookbook, you get to to experience the beautiful mosaic that make up Canadian culture. They also wrote about the various stories of the Canadian people that they met, the places they visited and the meals that they shared.
FEAST cookbook
I had heard about the book launch from Valerie (A Canadian Foodie), who had been following the gals ever since they kickstarted their road trip and wrote about their adventure on their blog.

One of the stories that intrigued Dan and I was their Yukon trip where they visited the Braeburn Lodge and ate PLATE-SIZED cinnamon buns. In the book, they were inspired by the Yukon love for Sourdoughs and Cinnamon buns (both things that Dan and I love) and came up with the recipe for Yukon Sourdough Cinnamon Buns. Though the cinnamon bun portions in their cookbook are not plate sized, they were definitely delicious. This also gave me a chance to try cultivating my first wild yeast starter whom I have aptly named "Stuart". I have been given permission to share with you their Yukon Sourdough Cinnamon Bun Recipe so you can make this at home too! Read through to the end for a chance to win the cookbook!

Wild Yeast Starter in a mason jar with the name, Stuart, written in chalk.


Yukon Sourdough Starter

Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup organic, unbleached all purpose flour 
  • 1/4 cup lukewarm water 
Directions:
  1. Mix both the flour and water together in a bowl. Loosely cover with plastic warp and let sit at room temperature (ensure that there is no sunlight) 
  2. After a day, check on the starter. 
  3. When bubbles appear (this occurs after 1-3 days), mix in 1/2 cup more of organic, unbleached all purpose flour and 1/2 cup of warm water. 
  4. Every 24 hours for the next 4 days, feed your starter. Do this by discarding half the starter and adding in 1/2 cup of unbleached all purpose flour and 1/3 cup of lukewarm water. 

* it takes about a week to get your starter going, so if you are going to make this recipe give yourself time to prep your starter. Dan advises that you actually have two containers so that you can transfer the starter to a fresh container and clean out the old one to avoid growing mold.

Yukon Sourdough Cinnamon Buns


Dough:
  • 1 Tbsp honey 
  • 1/2 cup warm water 
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast 
  • 3/4 cup freshly fed Yukon sourdough starter 
  • 1 egg 
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter, melted 
  • 1 tsp salt 
  • 3 cups All purpose flour 
Filling:
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened 
  • 2/3 cup lightly packed brown sugar 
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon 
Goo:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon 
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup 
  • 1/8 tsp salt 
Directions:
  1. In a small bowl, stir honey into warm water. Sprinkle in the yeast. Stir and let it sit for 5 minutes until foamy. After 5 minutes, in the bowl of a stand-up mixer (with the dough hook attached) or in a bowl mix the starter, egg, butter and salt together. Slowly stir in the flour, 1 cup at a time.
    Picture of a red hot kitchen aid turned on and kneading dough in its bowl.
  2. Knead the dough at low to medium speed until it is smooth, soft and elastic (approximately 5-6 minutes).
    two hands holding the finished ball of dough.
  3. Place the dough in an oiled bowl. Cover with a clean towel or plastic wrap and place in a draft free spot. Let the dough rise for about 1 hour until it has doubled in size. While the dough is rising, make the filling and the goo.
    Dough sitting in an oiled  mason cash bowl
  4. Make the filling by mixing together the softened unsalted butter, brown sugar and cinnamon and set aside.
    butter, brown sugar and cinnamon mixed together to make the filling
  5. Grease/butter a 9x13 inch rectangular pan. In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter over low heat. Add in cinnamon, maple syrup and salt. Heat until the mixture is bubbling. Stir often.
    butter, maple syrup, salt, cinnamon mixed together in a pot for the goo
  6.  Remove the goo from heat and pour it into the greased 9x13 inch pan. Set aside.
    goo filled into a rectangular pan
  7. Once the dough has risen (doubled in size), press it down gently to remove any air. Turn the dough out onto a well floured surface. Roll the dough into a 12x18 inch (30 x 45 cm) rectangle. Add flour as needed to prevent the dough from sticking to the rolling pin.
    rolled out cinnamon dough
  8. Spread the filling out on the dough; spread it to the edges.
    cinnamon dough rolled out with the filling on top
  9. Starting from the long side of the rectangle, roll the dough into a log. End with the seam (the end of the dough) at the bottom of your log in order to secure it in place.
  10. Using a serrated knife, cut the dough into 12 even pieces. We measured ours to be out the thickness of 2 fingers (or approximately 1.5 inches).
    cinnamon rolls all cut standing upright on the counter
  11. Arrange the pieces into the prepared dish. Cover with a clean towel and allow to rise in a draft free spot for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350F.
    cinnamon rolls arranged into the rectangular baking dish filled with goo
  12. Bake at 350F for 35-45 minutes until the cinnamon buns are golden brown. Allow them to rest for 15-20 minutes.
    baked cinnamon buns
  13. To turn out the cinnamon buns, run a knife along the edges of the buns in order to loosen them. The recipe tells you to flip them over onto a baking sheet with parchment paper, preferably one with a raised edge. We used a heavy metal spatula to lift and flip each bun individually. Then we scraped off any remaining goo onto the cinnamon buns and allowed them to cool for a few minutes longer before eating.
    cinnamon bun on a white plate with goo dripping down and a fork to the right
These were very tasty! Thank goodness they were not plate sized as I would not be able to finish a cinnamon bun in one seating. I'm not usually a fan of very strong sourdoughs so this bun was perfect in the fact that there wasn't a strong sourdough flavour. There definitely was a bit more depth to the flavour of the bun itself compared to just regular cinnamon buns. The textures of the filling and goo complemented each other nicely, the goo created a nice cinnamon maple glaze while the filling spread was thick enough to coat the different layers. There was certainly enough goo factor - which is what I always look for in a cinnamon bun! I did find that I had to bake my cinnamon buns a bit longer, up to 50 minutes in my oven, in order to get a nicely browned colour.

Dan ended up eating two of them since he had just come home from a run in the neighbourhood and they smelled so amazing when he walked in the door he couldn't just eat one for breakfast or was it lunch when we had them?

Now, for the exciting part! You can win a copy of this cookbook yourself! Thanks to the ladies of FEAST and Penguin Random House. 

You can enter to win* by telling me about your favourite Canadian dish, OR your favourite road trip experience in the comment section below.  Residents in both Canada (except Quebec) AND U.S can enter! Just remember to log your info into the Rafflecopter widget so I can keep track of your entries. Here's how to enter: 
  1. Comment on this blog post (by telling me about your favourite Canadian dish/road trip experience). (mandatory)
  2. Join my mailing list 
  3. Visit my Facebook page and comment on the link to this post.
  4. Follow me on Instagram (@beyondumamiand comment on the photo I've put up about this cookbook.
  5. Tag a friend on the Instagram post about this giveaway (more friends = more chances).
  6. Follow me on Twitter and tweet at me (@beyondumami) and FEAST (@feast_on). 

There are a whole lot of ways to enter, and yes, you CAN do all six to increase your chances of winning!  The giveaway starts on Saturday March 18, 2017 and ends on April 4, 2017 at midnight. The winner will be picked at random and I will email the winner on April 5, 2017. The winner must correctly answer a skill-testing question in order to receive the giveaway. 

For my fellow Canadians, their cookbook can be purchased from Amazon.ca, or at Amazon.com for those living in the U.S. 

*This giveaway can be entered by both readers in Canada or the U.S!


Excerpts from Feast: Recipes and Stories from a Canadian Roadtrip by Lindsay Anderson and Dana VanVeller. Copyright © 2017 Lindsay Anderson and Dana VanVeller. Published by Appetite by Random House®, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.

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