Monday, June 14, 2010

Mercedes buns

Ugh...I'm in serious Glee withdrawal.

And the Matthew Morrison/Lea Michele number on last night's Tony Awards broadcast did nothing to help my situation. (Actually, I have no idea what the point of that was, but that's beside the point. ) As a tribute to a great first season, I wanted to share one of my favourite Glee-watching snacks.

This recipe for "Mercedes Buns" is adapted from a Podleski sisters recipe, hence the cutesy name, but I prefer to pretend it was named after Glee's own "diva-in-training."  



1 lb frozen bread dough, thawed*
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup icing sugar
1 oz cream cheese
1 tbsp milk

*Available in your grocer's freezer.


Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9x13" pan, and set aside.

Roll out dough to a 9x12 rectangle. Brush with 1/2 the butter. Mix the brown sugar and the cinnamon. Sprinkle 3/4 over dough. Spread evenly to edges. Roll jelly roll style. This should make a 12 inch long loaf. Seal by pinching edges. Cut into 12 pieces.

Arrange in baking pan. Cover and let rise for 1 hr.

Brush with rest of the melted butter and sprinkle with last of sugar mix.

Bake for 20–30 min until puffed and golden brown.

Prepare glaze while waiting. Beat the icing sugar, cream cheese and milk on high speed until smooth.

Remove buns and drizzle with glaze. Serve warm. (To reheat, microwave for 10-15 sec.)

These are basically a much less labor-intensive and much lower-fat version of traditional cinnamon buns. I love fresh cinnamon buns but would never invest the time in making them from scratch, so this shortcut was a very useful discovery for me.
I might normally be embarrassed to admit that I have "Glee rituals," but I'm not the only blogger who does these sort of things. In fact, I've found that the show resonates with a surprising number of people. I think it's Glee's message of inclusiveness combined with its grossly exaggerated but nonetheless truthful depictions of high school life that appeals to so many. And then, of course, there's the singing. (Warning: Don't watch the video below if you're not in the mood for a six-and-a-half-minute Journey medley.)  

Seriously, what's not to love about this show? I can't believe I have to wait three months for new episodes! But, I hear there'll be Stamos....




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