A few months ago I bought a bun pan. I was so excited about said bun pan that I wrote an entire blog entry about it. If you are also excited, you can read or re-read the entry here: http://janiceljlj.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/bun-pan.html
Anyways, as exciting as the pan is, it has created a problem for me. Not a big problem in the grand scheme of things - it is, after all, just a bun pan - but a problem nonetheless. My bun recipe makes 16 buns, but the pan only has space for 12 buns. Crisis! Obviously not, but I did need to adjust what I was doing to account for the difference.
I tried a couple of possible solutions. I made 12 larger buns out of the recipe. This did not work well - the buns got too big for the pan and they fused together. They were no longer cute and didn't bake as nicely. I bought a second pan and baked the other 4 buns in it. This is a rather wasteful solution because my oven only holds one pan at a time so I had to bake for twice as long - not worth it for 4 buns. I don't want to switch recipes because this is my old faithful recipe - it really never lets me down.
Last weekend I had a bit of a brain wave - why not try to make a dessert with the remaining dough? I was inspired by the cinnamon pull-aparts that I had in McDonald's last time I was in Canada. I decided that I could use the extra dough to create something similar - after all this is the dough recipe that I use when making cinnamon buns. And my boys love cinnamon buns.
So I used the extra dough to make some dough "nuggets" which Big Boy rolled into little balls. We threw these into a greased pie tin and then sprinkled on some cubed butter (about 1 tablespoon), brown sugar and cinnamon. I let this concoction rise and then I stuck it into the oven after the dinner buns were done. The oven was at 180 Celsius and the pull-aparts cooked for about 20 minutes.
The result was a goopy and delicious cinnamon dessert. I made some icing sugar and water icing and drizzled it on before I served up. The kids loved it! I will definitely make it again.