The Raisin Buns in the Bakery
Dream: I was travelling with a tour group in the daytime along a cobblestone street towards our hostel. I dropped off my luggage and decided to go walk down to the bakery which I couldn’t miss. It was located in a bright, yellow bricked building. I walked inside and saw a VERY long line.
I looked to the racks on the side of the bakery, and noticed some raisin buns: 38 cents for a package of 12. I hastily grabbed the bag knowing that it would be gone if I waited. “Where am I? There is no way I’m in the United States for raisin buns to be at that price?!!” As I was checking out, I took note of the surroundings. Everyone was dressed in heavy coats and seemed grateful for the warmth of the soft lighting in the bakery.
When I got back to the hostel, I had an itch on my head that I was dying to scratch. I dropped my package of buns realizing that I had lice in my hair! I rolled my eyes, “To the pharmacy, here I go.”
That’s it! I wake up feeling so motivated to bake. I’ve had enough of dreaming about delicious food that I have yet to taste. I’m going to find a recipe for the tacos from my Taco Run dream as well as another recipe for this one. I think I found a wonderful recipe of some cinnamon raisin buns on A Culinary Genealogy: The Woks of Life. The recipe calls for simple ingredients which looks promising.
For the bread dough:
- 2/3 cup heavy cream (at room temperature)
- 1 cup, plus 1 tablespoon milk (at room temperature)
- 1 large egg (at room temperature)
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup cake flour
- 3 1/2 cups bread flour
- 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
To finish the buns:
- 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2-2/3 cup raisins
- 1 large egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon water to form an egg wash
- simple syrup: 1 tablespoon sugar dissolved in 1 tablespoon hot water