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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Sweet Melissa Sundays #9: Bee Stings with Pastry Cream Filling

This recipe was chosen by Jaime of Good Eats and Sweet Treats. "OOOOOOH" I said OUTLOUD when I saw this week's recipe. A doughnut - bun hybrid filled with pastry cream? Insane. But Oooooh boy. Me and yeast have never really gotten along. I've only used it in cinnamon buns and the occasional pizza dough, but I think only a handful of time has it risen properly for me. This time around? Same ol', same ol'! Why does yeast hate me so much! What am I doing wrong?! The dough did not rise even a smidgeon. I decided to give them a go anyway because I had already prepared the dough, and in the past, my cinnamon buns have always come out excellent, flakey and perfect despite the fact that they usually don't rise a bit. These thoughhhhh?


(I decided to roll my sticky dough balls in cinnamon sugar instead of making the honey caramel)

Despite their little oven-sauna session, still, no rising. Oh well, I'll bake em anyway!



I prepared the (delicious) filling with little difficulty (besides the fact that I had to add extra cornstarch because it was not thickening up). When my buns had cooled, I decided they would NOT be able to be filled. They were not light and airy enough to have room inside for filling! I said I would just cut them in half like a bagel, and slather on some of the pastry cream like you would butter. BUT Daniel seemed to think it could work the original way...


Uhhhh no. It was too dense to fill, and too fragile and crumbly the handle the stress. FAIL!

So we did this...


Overall - Not my cuppa tea. Though i am POSITIVE that we didn't enjoy them because they did not rise. They were like dense little biscuits. If I were not so cursed with yeast, these probably would have been very good - the pastry filling was EXCELLENT. Once I master the use of yeast, WHICH I AM DETERMINED TO DO, I will certainly come back to this recipe.

I hope everyone else's came out better than mine! Be sure to check the other bloggers' versions of Sweet Melissa's Bee Stings!

16 comments:

Risa said...

I have never made anything with yeast out of fear that I would have your same problem. Sorry they did not work out. A for effort!

Jaime said...

thanks for baking with me this week!! yeast is a tricky beast and the first time i used it i ended up with a rock! now that i have learned how to work with it, i love it. keep trying! i'm glad you were able to make do :) try the tips in my blog next time if you want to make these again, and i also hear that warming the milk a little helps too

Tracey said...

I had the same problem with my dough - it just didn't cooperate. I love your idea to top them with cinnamon sugar - they look delicious :)

Spike said...

I fought with the yeast too. I like the pastry cream improv! nice

margot said...

Sorry these didn't work out for you. I'm glad this recipe gave me a little more experience with yeast, as I don't bake with it often. I agree that the pastry cream was delicious!

Cristine said...

Bummer they didn't turn out for you. Mine were a bit dense, too.

apparentlyjessy said...

When I saw the title of this post, I was picturing the traditional german bee sting cake...so I was real surprised to see buns! The idea seems amazing, so sad that the yeast didn't work for you. They sure look nice anyway! :)

Lauren said...

i said ooooh when i saw your choice for cin/sugar topping. yum!

karen said...

I never made anything with yeast either. I gave up on them cause mine didnt rise at all! Yours still look so cute!

Megan said...

Biscuits - those were my exact words the very first time I made them.

And, now that I've made them twice, I still don't think I'd go out of my way to make them again. They're just not..... spectacular.

Ingrid said...

Kudos to you for giving it a try even though you've not had much success with yeast in the past!
~ingrid

pinkstripes said...

Yeah, my first batch were dense biscuits. Too bad they didn't work out for you. I like the cinnamon sugar topping.

Fit Chick said...

I think a few had hockey pucks, LOL. I will try these later, I passed on this week. At least we know what not to do.

unconfidentialcook said...

Yeesh, yeast has always been a problem for me. So...I tend to buy instead of bake.

Katiecakes said...

I love the sugar replacement, bet they were delish!

Katie xox

Mermaid Sweets said...

Sorry these were problematic, kudos for trying. I really want to do a rewind on these.

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