Cinnamon Pecan Buns with orange flavoured Caramel

Saturday, October 17, 2015

What is better than eating 'Cinnamon Pecan Buns with orange flavoured Caramel' on an autumn day? Can't think of anything? Me neither.
The recipe is inspired by the lovely Beth from 'Entertaining with Beth' on YouTube.

I never really enjoyed the taste of oranges in anything - like chocolate for example. But this orange-flavoured caramel made me change my mind. It tastes just like autumn and christmas (winter) combined and who doesn't love those two seasons? Probably a lot of people but still - try it out!

This is just a little 'waring picture' - NEVER LEAVE BUTTER TOO LONG IN THE MICROWAVE - because it never ever ends well 
For me at least :D 


What you'll need


  • For the buns:  

    • 4 cups All Purpose Flour
    • 3/4 cup Warm Milk
    • 1/4 cup Warm Water
    • 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
    • 1/4 cup Melted Butter
    • 1 tsp Salt
    • 1 Egg (make sure it's at room temperature) 
    • 1 package Dry Yeast
    • A little bit of Oil
  • For the filling:

    • 4 tbsp softened Butter
    • 1 tbsp Granulated Sugar
    • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
    • 1 tsp Cinnamon
    • 1/2 tsp All Spice
    • 2/3 cups chopped Pecans (or as much as you like)
  • For the orange flavoured Caramel:

    • 12 tbsp Butter
    • 1 1/2 cups Brown Sugar
    • Zest of one Orange
    • 1 tbsp Orange juice
    • 1/3 cup Heavy Cream
    • 1 cup Chopped Pecans (for the bottom of the muffin tin)


    The Dough

    1. Combine the water and 1 tsp of granulated sugar, then sprinkle the yeast over top and wait for about 5 minutes
    2. In a large mixing bowl (I used my stand mixer fitted with a dough hook) first combine the milk, the melted butter, the egg and sugar and mix for about one to two minutes
    3. Pour in the water-yeast mixture and continue mixing
    4. Add 2 cups flour, mix until it's incorporated and slowly add 2 more cups of flour and continue mixing for about 5 minutes
    5. Transfer the dough in an oiled bowl, cover it with plastic wrap or just a kitchen towl and place it in a warm spot (I used my oven) to rise - this takes about 1-2 hours

    The Filling

    1. Combine the granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon and all spice
    2. Chop up as many pecans as you want (for the filling and the top of the buns) 

    The Orange flavoured Caramel Sauce

    1. Melt the butter and the brown sugar in a sauce pan over medium heat
    2. Add the orange zest, orange juice - let it simmer for a little bit - then add the heavy cream
    3. Whisk until everything is melted and you're left with a caramel sauce - remove it from the heat and let it cool

    Putting Everthing together 

    1. When the dough has risen, remove it from the bowl onto a well-floured surface; roll it out to a rectangle, smear it with softened butter and sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar mixture and the pecans on top 
    2.  Roll it into a... roll and make a cut in the midde then in the middle of the middle and lastly of the middle of the middle of the middle (so that you're left with 8 buns - look at the pictures if you have no clue what I mean :D)
    3. Place 1 tbsp of the caramel sauce in each muffin tin, then add a few chopped up pecans and place the buns on top
    4. Set it aside for another 10-15 minutes - that will make them even softer, trust me
    5. Bake at 375 for about 15 minutes or until the top is golden-brown, let it cool and put the Pecan-Buns on a cooling rack
    6. Top it off with a little bit more of the caramel and pecans and you're finally done!!!

- Celina xx

Something new... kind of.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

My friend and I love trying out new food so we decided we wanted to go and try out VEGAN BURGERS - because why not?

There is this lovely place called 'Swing Kitchen' that does exactly that. It's near a shopping street in Vienna and the interior & the food looked amazing.

You could choose between 3 different burgers, salads, wraps and side dishes. 
Everything is vegan - the packaging biodegradable and they don't use any plastic.

I went for the Swing Burger and my friend Lea for the Cheese Burger - both tasted AMAZING.
You couldn't even tell that they were made without meat (which we didn't mind since we're both vegetarians)

After that we went - of cousre - to Starbucks (wow much vegan) and drank some good old Frappuccinos.

-Celina xx

DIY Terrarium / Indoor Garden

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Today was one of these days where you feel inspired to make your own diy project. A few weeks ago I bought a terrarium at Urban Outfitters in England for £25 and after I made the decision to try and make my own indoor garden I went to my local garden centre to get all the things that I would need.

What you'll need:
  • A terrarium
  • Pebbles or little stones
  • Cactus soil
  • Cactuses / succulents

I bought three different kinds - haworthia fasciata, haworthia cymbiformis and portulacaria afra variegata.
Firstly you're gonna put the pebbles or the little stones at the bottom of the terrarium so that nothing gets mildewed.
After that you cover 1/4 of the terrarium with the cactus soil and press the soil down with your hands - because you don't want any air gaps.
Once that's done you're gonna make small holes, put your cactuses / succulents in them and cover them with more soil. 
Make sure everything is spread evenly.
press the soil down with your hand


You have to try this at home - it's easy and it looks great!

-Celina xx