I feel it is my civic duty to share a very important diary date…Sunday 4th October is Cinnamon Roll Day. Really! Now that is my kind of day of celebration!
It’s a Swedish thing, as cinnamon rolls – Kanelbullens to give them their Swedish name – are a big thing there. Very wise people the Swedish, clearly! To my mind, a decent cinnamon roll is truly a thing of beauty.
Although the locals have a distinctly sweet tooth, sadly Bruneian coffee shops are nowhere near close to serving cinnamon rolls, let alone great cinnamon rolls. So I’ve resorted to making them myself. They’re a special treat because they are more fiddly than my usual baking repertoire, but wow are they worth the extra effort! I use a recipe from the wonderful blogger Minimalist Baker, who, as the name suggests, keeps things simple but delicious. I can highly recommend her recipe for cinnamon rolls.
I think I like cinnamon rolls at least in part because you can almost kid yourself that they are healthy, if you focus on cinnamon’s health benefits. It genuinely is a spice with a lot going for it.
Amongst a long list of beneficial uses it has anti-oxidant, antiseptic, anaesthetic, anti-inflammatory, rubefacient (warming and soothing), and carminative (anti-flatulent) properties. Not bad for a little bit of tree bark!
It also helps to regulate blood sugar when consumed, as well as stimulating brain activity when smelled. Powdered as a spice for flavouring both savoury and sweet foods, or used therapeutically as an essential oil, cinnamon really is super-powered.
So like I said, it’s a health food. A superfood even. Just this once ignore the fact that all the other ingredients in a cinnamon roll are distinctly not health-foody.
I’m looking forward to a morning in the kitchen tomorrow, baking cinnamon rolls with my girly. She loves helping me to make cakes, almost as much as she loves eating them. Definitely a girl after my own heart! And you? You should be kind to yourself on a Sunday. Go bake a batch, or get out and treat yourself to one. Savour every mouthful, and thank the marketing genius who came up with the concept. Happy Cinnamon Roll Day!
‘I really don’t think I need buns of steel. I’d be happy with buns of cinnamon.’