Posted on April 26 2012

Tartine Baking Project: #56 Morning Buns

When I started this little project, the second most common thing people would say (that is, after “Oh, like Julie and Julia!”) was, “Oh, I bet you can’t wait for the morning buns!” or “Call me when you get to the morning buns!” or “THE MORNING BUNS!”  You get the point, right?  The people were excited about the morning buns.  People acted like I kicked a cat when I told them The Buns weren’t in the cookbook.  Elisabeth Prueitt shared the recipe with 7 X 7,  and we all can enjoy these in all of our homes!  It’s not like I’m totally off the rails here anyway – these little sugary swirls of perfection start with the laminated croissant dough, which is probably my favorite thing in this cookbook, and the recipe I started this whole blog off with.


I shared about my preferment earlier this week, which kicks off the croissant dough making party.  Party of one, I should note.  I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Laminating dough, that is folding butter in, is like meditation for me.  All the rolling and folding…oh boy!  I get in a zone!  Those canned rolls and buns got nothin’ on the traditional method.  Yes, you’ll have more instant results, but there’s something to say about going through this whole process and knowing how amazing your end product is destined to be.  I could ramble on and on about this.

Things were pretty straightforward, as  far as putting these together.  I was taken aback when I took them out of the oven almost twenty minutes ahead of schedule.  They were done PERFECTLY.  It took all the powers I possess to not eat all of them!  The rain will do that to a lady.  And also, a table full of these magical morning buns I miss so much staring me in the face and screaming, “EAT US!” will do that to a lady.

You may see just one of these morning buns on my plate, but I feel obligated to confess I did have a few throughout the day.  They’re on the smaller side, so I didn’t feel too guilty about indulging a bit.  I handed one to Jack – he turned up his nose and said “They too fuzzy.”  WHAT?  And that’s not all.  He then handed it back to me and said, “Fruit, please.  Any fruit.”  Are you kidding me?  Who’s child are you?!  He did return to inspect them again.  (My happy squeals may have piqued his interest…)  His second attempt ended with a sugary face that proclaimed, “Me love bagels!”  Me too, bud.  Me too.

  1. Anne says:

    Me love fuzzy bagels. Me love Jack and Emily (OK, and Dan, too).

  2. Mary says:

    Whoa! They look so perfect! And I love the photo of the folded dough. You amaze me, Kastner.

  3. Lindsey says:

    Oh my glorious goodness, the folds, oh the folds!

    Bravo!

  4. Lindsey says:

    …of dough, the folds of dough. The beautiful dough!

  5. Stephanie says:

    God I love working with dough! The buns look so so tasty. Your little guy sounds hilarious, more buns for you!

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