Cinnamon roll is a kind of sweet pastry seasoned with cinnamon powder. The cinnamon roll recipe is also popular throughout the world with the names like cinnamon bun, cinnamon snail and it is in the shape of a swirl, hence also called cinnamon swirl.
The cuisines of Northern Europe and North America widely serve cinnamon rolls in their meals. In Sweden, Cinnamon rolls are immensely popular and called by the name ‘kanelbulle’. Even ‘cinnamon roll day’ is also celebrated in Sweden on October 4th every year.
The cinnamon roll is sweet in taste and varies in size. The size of the Cinnamon rolls start from very small such as with the diameter of 5 cm and goes till 10 cm that is big enough. The largest variety of cinnamon bun is found in Finnish cuisine, where it usually up to 20 cm of diameter and weighs around 200 grams. In Finland this sweet bun is famous with the name ‘korvapuusti’.
Among the variations of Cinnamon rolls, honey bun is the most popular variety. Though honey bun belongs to the family of donuts, but it is quite similar to cinnamon roll. This bun is popular in Southeast United States.
The popularity of the cinnamon roll can be seen with the fact that an American bakery ‘Cinnamon’ had made the cinnamon bun its signature baked item.
According to American Institute of baking, the origin of cinnamon roll recipe can be traced from the middle Ages at the time of ancient Greeks. The institute consider ‘English Chelsea bun’ as the prototype of modern day cinnamon bun. The spice trade from Southeast Asia also led to the invention of the roll. Cinnamon was not grown locally in the European countries; hence the spice trade from Srilanka had led to the development of cinnamon use in the European countries.
Confectioner’s sugar is also widely used to provide a glaze to the cinnamon roll. Among the nuts, pecans, walnuts and almonds are quite favorable. Black currants and other glazed fruits are also used to enhance the look as well as the flavor of the buns.
Variations of the classic Cinnamon rolls are prepared by adding caramel and nuts on the top of the baked pastry. Maple syrup, flax and fresh fruit preserves are the addition to the classic cinnamon roll recipe.
Cinnamon Roll is indeed a baked dish. Dough is prepared with the specified ingredients and rolled into thin sheets. While rolling the sheet, various ingredients such as nuts, sugar, butter and cinnamon are spread over the sheets.
A glaze is also provided to the pastry while baking the cinnamon rolls. Process of making cinnamon roll is not quite lengthy, but the dough requires little efforts in order to get a perfect dish.
Apart from being a breakfast food, cinnamon roll can also be consumed as a sweet snack at any point of time in the day. It is basically a comfort food.
If the health benefits provided by the cinnamon have to be seen that it is highly useful in stabilizing the blood sugar level. It also helps in boosting the functions of the brain and prevents heart diseases.