Lunchbreak: Cinnabun Melt

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Executive Chef Melva Jarvis of Play Kitchen & Cocktails

Play Kitchen & Cocktails

7 W. Division St. Chicago, IL 60610



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Cinnabun Melt
Description: Fried crispy cinnamon bun, rum caramel sauce and toasted candied walnuts, topped with vanilla ice cream

For Cinnabuns:
Dough, you can use a 4-ounce ball of regular pizza dough, pastry dough, etc. (you can purchase this at a grocery store or bakery).

For the Cinnabun Filling:
1/2 cup Butter (softened)
1/3 cup Brown Sugar 
1/3 cup White Sugar
2 tbsp Ground Cinnamon

For the Candied Walnuts:
2 cups Walnuts (halved)
1/3 cup White Sugar 
1/3 cup Brown Sugar 
1 cup Water 

For the Caramel Sauce:
2 cups White Sugar
1 cup Water 
2 tbsp Butter (softened)
1/2 cup Heavy Cream

5 T of rum (can be omitted)

For the Cinnabun Filling:

  1. In a bowl, combine white and brown sugars with cinnamon.
  2. Add butter and use mixer (by hand) to beat until you have a smooth texture.

For the Candied Walnuts:

  1. Add water, sugars and walnuts to a small sauce pan and heat medium-low for 10 minutes.
  2. Strain all liquid, then place walnuts on a sheet tray.
  3. Place walnuts in oven (350 degrees) for 10 minutes.
  4. Let cool before removing from pan.

 For the Caramel Sauce:

  1. Combine sugar, water, butter, rum and heavy cream in a sauce pan.
  2. Cook on medium for about 20 to 25 minutes until the mixture is amber brown and has the visual look of caramel.

For the Cinnabun:

  1. Roll out the dough flat to about ¼ inch thickness.
  2. Smear filling over the rolled out dough then roll dough to form a log and cut into even-sized rolls.
  3. Fill a deep pan or pot with a deep layer of oil and heat until about 360 degrees.
  4. Fry the rolls in the oil, turning evenly, for about 3 to 4 minutes.
  5. Place fried rolls on a plate, coat with caramel sauce and top with toasted candied walnuts. Add a scoop of your favorite vanilla ice cream to the side.
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