Friday, February 11, 2011

Tartine's Morning Buns


I already wrote eight blog posts today, but I'm writing a special one just for you.

Drained from my first week of work, I didn't end up going into the city this past weekend, instead choosing to meander around Silicon Valley. And my couch. And my bed, too.

Clearly there isn't much meandering to do around here--not unless you enjoy strip malls and driving. And I hate driving. Especially when the local population has yet to figure out how to stay in one lane. Or how to drive at a decent pace.

Ohh, that reminds me. Story time! Life may not be as fun when you're pulling 40 hours a week, but sometimes fun just drops into your lap. Or into the parking space next to you. I almost beat down an old lady last night at the grocery store. And when I say almost, I mean that I thought about it very hard as I yelled at her.

I hit up the store on my way home from work, in desperate need of tomatoes. With one foot out my car door, I leaned over to snag my purse. Then a lady pulled in next to me. And guess what? She parked two inches from the white line, trapping me in my car. Attempting to get out, my door hit her car (look, I'm not a sheet of paper), which of course enraged her.

While she's poking around at the non-existent scratch, she starts getting pissy with me. I, of course, tell  her that she is the one who needs to park more carefully. You don't park less than a foot from someone's driver's side door--especially when they're getting out. Determined that she isn't an idiot, she begins to tell me that she parked inside the line. The lawyer within me tells her that yes, she did,  but if she didn't want her car hit she should have left space for her neighbor to get out.

This continues for a few minutes until she starts spouting off crap about my insurance company and how I'm a liability and going to get sued. I did the only thing I could do. I told the old hag that I'm a lawyer, so she can go ahead and sue me--it won't cost me a thing. Her response? "I don't believe you. You're a lawyer? And you drive that? Bitch dissed my well-kept 2006 Corolla. She's lucky I didn't key her car. And that she ran away from me when she saw me in the store.


So anyway, I didn't go into the city this past weekend, where I was hoping to hop into Tartine for some deliciousness.  And I was really craving that deliciousness, since  a co-worker had mentioned the bakery's famous morning buns to me earlier in the week.  To make up for my fruitless meandering, I decided to just make the buns myself.

For those of you still thinking about what you'd like to make your signifiant other for Valentine's Day, I'd definitely consider making these. They're a little work, but I think they're worth it.

 
Tartine's Morning Buns
Makes 12 

Starter
1 tsp. sugar
1/4 cup warm milk
2 1/2 tsp. active dry yeast
1/2 cup sifted all-purpose flour

Dough
1/4 tsp. salt
3 Tbsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. warm milk
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
12 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened

Sugar Mixture
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
Zest of 2 medium oranges
2 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
pinch salt
1 stick butter, melted



1. Make the Starter. Combine sugar and milk in the bowl of your mixture. Mix in yeast, followed by flour. Cover and let sit until doubled, about an hour.

2. Make the dough. Mix salt, sugar into milk until dissolved. Add, along with eggs to the Starter. Mixing with a dough hook, slowly add the flour until a soft dough forms.

3. Slow add one stick of butter, mixing until the dough is smooth and elastic. Add the remaining butter until incorporated, about one minute.

4. Place in a greased bowl and cover. Allow to rise for 2-3 hours until more than doubled in bulk.

5. Prepare a muffin tin by brushing it with butter and lightly coating the sides with white sugar.

6. Make the rolls. Roll the dough out into a  6x18 rectangle on a well-floured surface. Brush the dough with the rest of the melted butter and then sprinkle with the sugar mixture, coating generously. You should have some left over. Roll the dough into a tight coil and then cut into 12 even pieces.

7. Place the rolls in the muffin tin, with the swirly side up. Cover and let rise for 45 minutes until they have risen 1 1/2 times.

8. Bake on a covered cookie sheet at 375F for 45 minutes to an hour. Err on the lower side of the spectrum to prevent burning.

9. Immediately remove from muffin tin. When you're able to handle the buns, roll around in the remaining sugar mixture.

Best served warm.

33 comments:

The Meaning of Pie said...

This looks so good! I really wish I had one. It is really beautiful.

Kim - Liv Life said...

I've been learning a thing or two from driving my son to high school... those kids are absolutely crazy. The roads are very tight and little "TayTay" in particular (her plate says it...) parks on the road so far out that I want to take her new BMW's mirror off! My kids laugh at me every day as I make comments to her car.
LOVE these bun!!! I think you have just provided our weekend treat!!

Sandra said...

That story is so funny, I wish I could have seen the look on the old lady's face when you told her you were a lawyer; priceless. And the rolls are pretty great too, wonderful pictures.

Mara @ What's For Dinner? said...

Gorgeous... anything from Tartine is bound to be delicious, but these are downright gorgeous. well done!

Bridgett said...

I would have paid to see the look on that lady's face when you said that. Priceless! Tartine is fabulous and these would be perfect to make for any day to celebrate.

sara @ CaffeIna said...

First, we should go take a car trip together and yell together at every stupid driver we find...being Italian yelling in the car is in my genes so we would have fun. Second, I made buns myself today but boy, these ones look amazing! I think you don't need to go to Tartine if you can pull these out of your oven.

Victoria said...

Omg, that story is hilarious!! People like that shouldn't be able to drive, period. And I can't believe she dissed your car!! For the record, I have worked for some pretty powerful and insanely rich people in Hollywood, and you would never know how rich they were from the seriously shitty old cars they drove (and I mean shitty and old!)... so someone's car is certainly not a sign of their wealth!! Haha.

Lo-mo said...

Nice to know there are people like that every where and these things don't just happen to me! As Marshall on 'How I Met Your Mother' would say, that old lady was 'Lawyered!' The muffins do look fabulous!

bb's mom said...

just so you know-you are making these when you come home later this month.

Stephanie Savors the Moment said...

OMG too funny! Hopefully that lady learned her lesson - hello driving 101 - duh! Those morning buns look divine - wish I had one for the morning:) I will have to try your fabulous recipe - thanks for sharing & Happy Valentine's Day!

All That's Left Are The Crumbs said...

Morning? I could eat these any time of the day. Sorry about your little altercation in the parking lot. I am so careful about both my car and other peoples cars, I even hook my for under my door so that it won't accidentally open too much and hit someones car. Also, if you can see that someone is about to get out of the car why can't you just wait a few minutes and let them exit. Geez, it's not rocket science.

Jill Colonna said...

Sweet and wicked!

The PĂȘche said...

These are just perfect. I could eat the whole batch myself.

A Thought For Food said...

E and I went to Tartine when we came out for Foodbuzz Fest and this was one of the many things we tried from that incredible bakery. Thanks for sharing the recipe! They look just as I remember them.

Winnie said...

These look incredible! I have yet to try any of the Tartine recipes I've seen but need to change that soon :)

Lizzy said...

Oh, these look like a superb treat!!! LOL at your parking story...but I know I'd be ticked off the rest of the day!!!! Grrrrrr....

MarmandeintheKitchen said...

Wow, these look so delicious!

The Cilantropist said...

I am pretty sure one of these could cure my cold. Or at least make me feel better while eating one. :)

veggietestkitchen said...

Good for you for standing your ground. It must be nice to be able to pull out the lawyer card, and it's so silly that small minded people think that all lawyers must drive nice cars. What a lady, huh. These morning buns look great. thanks for sharing.

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen said...

Those look outrageously good and really loaded with cinnamon on top. I think these would make any bad day a little more bearable.

LaDue & Crew said...

Wow, how rude! Similar thing happened to me when I was preggo, and trying to get into my car. Woman parked so close and I was too fat to climb in from passenger side. You have more restraint than I do, lol. Well, in any case, fab buns ya got there ;) definitely on my must make list ;)

Jean said...

Since we're practically neighbors now, will you make another batch of these, please, and come on over? I'll have coffee or tea waiting for you. Whatever you'd like!

Monet said...

Oh no! My last comment didn't post. I told you that these look amazing! I wish I wasn't working tomorrow. I need one of these sweet treats ASAP! I hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow. Take time to love yourself and those that are dearest to your heart!

Rosy said...

These buns look awesome....Love your story too. I hate it when people park that close on either side. And then to have the nerve to get into it with you? Sigh...

Jun Belen said...

Let me know when you're in town for Tartine and I'll go with you! I love, love Tartine. Their frangipane and croissant are my favorites! Another recent favorite of mine is Bovine Bakery. Morning buns are to-die-for!!! Problem is they're a little out of the way... up North in Point Reyes Station. But definitely worth the drive.

Shirley said...

My mouth fell open when I saw the photo! That bun would make my morning any morning.
Oh no she didn't! lol You should have slashed her tires too.

Christine (The Raw Project) said...

Ugh, what a crazy parking story! I'm always running into drivers parking so close to the lines, or over them, that I can barely fit my narrow economy car in the spot. Anyway, these buns look amazing. :-)

kita said...

I work right next to a grocery market of sorts and you would not believe how evil some of the old ladies are! I was taught to respect my elders but holy wow some days they make it really really hard.
PS. Loving the buns ;D

tastesbetterwithfriends said...

Did she pick the wrong person to park beside! As someone who has still yet to own a brand new car, I take offense to her calling out your 2006! On a happier note, the tartines look great:)

Evan @swEEts said...

I realize I'm a few weeks late, but these look absolutely fabulous. I just printed the recipe and can't wait to try them..

Sprinzette @ Ginger and Almonds said...

Wow - I have such a fear of baking buns, but these looks amazing. Just found your blog - really enjoying the archive.

smbslt said...

What size muffin tin is needed for this recipe?

Anonymous said...

These look fabulous but are they really as good as Tartines? Honestly? I know Tartine ( and La Farine and Kellys and Healdsburgh Bakery all use croissant dough which is flaky and in defined layers. That takes a whole bunch of extra steps rolling and layering butter. Its a real pain to make but worth it. If this simple method is as good as theirs I will be thrilled.

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