They turned out well. I doubled the filling (using brown sugar not white) and added raisins in one batch and walnuts in the second. I found using mashed potatoes finicky because it was quite a bit more work. (I did save time by making extra and using them for supper.) Also this isn't the 'best' recipe, but I haven't found the 'best yet either. I am looking for one that has a bread like consistency and is very 'stretchy' - if that is the right description, when you are eating it. More like 'bread' than a 'pastry'. My boss used to make cinnamon buns for the restaurant I worked at and they were the BEST. This recipe has a denser texture and the bun doesn't stretch when you pull it apart. But worth making, no one will complain!! I also added cream cheese to the icing, and used just the potato water, as suggested. Like someone commented, 'the water was already hot' (plus I had enough because I made extra potatoes for supper) The recipe was too large for my Kitchen Aide, again like someone else noted, so I mixed it the best I could then turned it out on the counter and finished kneading it. You could probably get away with halving the recipe because it makes two large pans.
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They turned out well. I doubled the filling (using brown sugar not white) and added raisins...