10/10/14

Where is Belize? The food and Recipes of this Tropical Destination

Where is Belize?

I am in the process of compiling my favorite meals and recipes from my many trips to this beautiful tropical country.  I will answer the figurative question of Where is Belize.

04/25/14

Cinnamon Buns in the Tropics.

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I made these one evening while visiting my father down in Belize. Cream cheese icing and all.

Ingredients:
1/4 cup warm water
2 Tbsp white sugar
1 package of dry active yeast
4 cups all purpose flour plus extra for rolling
1/2 cup butter
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup icing sugar
1 package of plain cream cheese

Method:

1. Proof the yeast in the water with the white sugar until it starts to bubble.

2. Mix in the flour until you form a sticky ball of dough.

3. Knead for a few minutes and then let rise in a warm area until the dough roughly doubles in size.

4. Once risen, punch down and prep a flat clean area with flour to roll the dough.

5. Roll the dough into a 18″x16″ rectangle, adding flour to your surface as needed to prevent sticking.

6. Melt the butter and liberally coat the entire surface of your rolled dough. Also place some in your baking dish to reduce sticking.

7. Sprinkle out the brown sugar and cinnamon in an even pattern over your dough, making sure to cover the edges.

8. Roll your dough up into a single long cylinder as tight as you can make it. Then using a sharp knife, cut into 1″ sections.

9. Now place the sections on their sides evenly spaced in a walled baking pan.

10. Let the buns rise for roughly 30 minutes or until they almost double in size. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20-30 minutes depending on how chewy you want them.

11. For the icing, let the cream cheese reach room temperature and beat in the icing sugar until thoroughly whipped up. You can add more or use less depending on your sweetness preference.

12. Spread the icing on while the buns are still warm out of the oven.