Bread-on-a-Stick at the MN State FAIR (and a Book Giveaway!) WINNERS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED, see post on 9/2

cinnamon rolls on a stick

The MN State FAIR opens tomorrow and the annual food-on-a-stick showdown begins. Not to be left out of all the fun, Jeff and I will be presenting our bread methods and introducing our latest and greatest achievement; Bread-on-a-Stick. This Thursday and Friday at 5:00pm in the Creative Activities Building at the St. Agnes Kitchen, We will be demonstrating how to make these cinnamon rolls and other savory breads-on-a-stick. I’ve included the technique below for anyone who does not have the great fortune of living in MN or the ability to join us at the Fair.

For those of you who can make it to the FAIR, Jeff and I have put together a Gift Bucket Giveaway, to be raffled off at the St. Agnes Kitchen. It will contain a Cambro 6 Qt. Bucket, Wood Mixing Spoon and a signed copy of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. Even though Jeff and I will only be there for the first two days, the Gift Bucket Giveaway raffle will be there for the entire FAIR. Just stop by the St. Agnes Kitchen and fill out a ticket. We will draw the name of the lucky winner on the last day of the FAIR.

Because some of you are not able to be at the FAIR, we will also be randomly selecting someone’s comment from this post and sending them a signed copy of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. Just leave a comment below and you could win a book. We will select a winner on September 2nd!

Here is how to make the mini cinnamon rolls-on-a-stick:

Preheat oven to 350° and grease 24 mini muffin tins.

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Roll out a 1 pound piece of dough (master, brioche, challah, whole wheat, buttermilk or any of your favorites will work).

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It should be about 1/4″ thick and as rectangular as you can manage.

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Sprinkle on a generous amount of brown sugar(about 1/2 cup) and sprinkle with about 1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon. Make sure you get right to the edges, but leave a 1/2″ along one of the long edges. Roll the dough into a log starting at the long edge.

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Seal the log by pinching the dough along the seam.

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Stretch the dough until it is just thicker than a broom stick.

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Snip off 3/4″ discs with a pair of kitchen scissors.

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Place in a well greased mini-muffin tin. Let rise for about 45 minutes. Bake for about 15 minutes. Remove from pan immediately before the caramel hardens. Makes about 24 mini cinnamon rolls.

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To celebrate the FAIR put the cinnamon rolls on wooden skewers and drizzle with icing. (I just mixed together powdered sugar and heavy whipping cream until it was as thick as cake batter.)

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209 thoughts on “Bread-on-a-Stick at the MN State FAIR (and a Book Giveaway!) WINNERS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED, see post on 9/2

  1. Wow! Who would have thought! A mini cinnabun on a stick. I can’t wait to try your recipe. Thanks for this stroke or gastronimic genius!

  2. Oooooh… I’m excited about everything in this post! First and foremost, the bread! The bread! And then the fair, too? Oh how I wish I loved in MN :( This is a perfect weekend treat for little people. And big people too!

  3. Awesome presentation and who doesn’t love cinnamon rolls? I also find cutting the roll with twine or floss works pretty well too.

  4. Everywhere I go, I make your no knead bread. :) Last week we were staying at a friend’s house and as a thank you gift, I taught her how to make your basic recipe. By the time I left, she had baked a loaf of bread every day for a week. I think I’ll try your mini cinnamon rolls this weekend for the hungry hordes.


  5. Great idea for the “bread on a stick” and a big shout-out and “yahoo” to Nancy for that brilliant thought about dipping stations. I MUST win the book because I have been your agent on the West Coast singing the praises of the book and method. I have tried other bread recipes (NY Times, Cooks Illustrated, etc.) and always come back to my bucket in the fridge. It has become a habit to always have it handy. We feed the birds in our back yard and they turn up their beaks at store bought bread (That is NO lie) Looking forward to the new book.

  6. Rosemary: Thank you so much for telling your friends, and your lovely birds too, who sound like they have very good taste :-) Jeff

  7. Hi! I found your website thru a bloggy friend’s comments. The bread on a stix looks YUMMY!! Please put me in the running for the book give away. Thanks!

  8. Zoe, Your website is beautiful! I expect the food tastes as good as it looks.

    By the way we are neighbors now. We just moved.

  9. State Fairs are so fun! They bring back many childhood memories. One memory in particular: the fact that Mom won ribbons for her chocolate cake and cherry pie back in the fifties. (No need to wonder where I got the love for baking!) Second place and fifth place maybe but not bad competing with the best bakers in the whole state of Michigan, eh? Besides she was a blue ribbon mom to us! These cinnamon roll treats look yummy. Will have to make some soon.

  10. OMG I almost forgot about these tasty treats. Gonna start the process immediatly. Thanks for the idea, the grandkids will love them.

  11. Stumble brought me to your site, and WOW, who wouldda thought? Cinnamon Rolls on a stick! Fantastic, I would love, love, love to have your book…thanks for offering it up!

  12. I love cinnamon rolls, and these are just too cute! What a fun presentation for brunch(arranged as a centerpiece, perhaps?)or for a morning office meeting (guaranteed to put a smile on every face, I think). Thanks for the clever idea.

  13. I recently found your book at the local library and I have had a wonderful time making bread. These cinnamon rolls look great. I can’t wait to make them for our first faculty breakfast at work this school year. They will look beautiful in a vase for a perfect table centerpiece. Thanx for all the great ideas!!! I can actually make bread that turns out now!

  14. I bought your book and have now made three loaves of beautiful and tasty bread. Just took the last loaf out of the oven, all was quiet and I heard the crackling as the loaf cooled. What a glorious sound! I would love to win a signed book and even if I don’t, you can count on my buying a few for gifts.

  15. Those look like very yummy treats. Great for a brunch.

    I just got your book from the library and would love to have a copy to call my own.

  16. have been using your NYT (corrected) recipe this past week with good success…. wish i had read your cinnamon bites version before all the grandkiddies departed….. they would have looooved them…..

  17. Hi Zoe,
    We had to send in a comment because Sean (our 8 year old) was so offended that we got the signed copy of your book for Madeline. He is truly the biggest bread lover in our family. Sorry we will miss the fair. After reading the blogs I would really love to go EAT at the fair this year.


  19. I have yet to try the sweeter bread recipes in your book. these look amazing. I am having so much fun with your method of preparing/cooking bread.

  20. I’ve had so much fun using your book. I have already given away four of them (with notes about the recipes I have tried!) and have another convert in mind. If I win the book, he’ll get that one, if not, I’ll just have to buy several more to have on hand. :)
    Thanks for all the inspiration!

  21. Ooooh! Mini cinnamon rolls on a stick! I love mini-anything (it’s pathetic really) and have been wanting to make my own bread for a while. I’ll have to try these.

  22. I visit your web site when I have time. Always something new to try. As your “teaching assistant” in Menomonie WI, I have helped ten people to bread enthusiasm with hands on “bread in a bucket” sessions. Ten more are clamoring at my door to set a date. In the heat of this summer, I’ve been baking Deli Rye loaves, using our grill on the deck. Awesome!

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