Overnight Cinnamon Bun(dt)

Elsewhere, I have confessed that I am neither a cook nor a morning person; but I can still manage both, occasionally, with recipes like this one in my arsenal :)

1. Oil and flour a large non-stick bundt pan (check out this video for some great tips on baking in a bundt!)

2. Prepare the topping—(which will actually go in the bottom of the pan.) Stir together in a small mixing bowl:

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup chopped nuts

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/4 to 1/2 cup melted butter (if some is good, more is butter ;)

[I used a mix of

hemp seed

and ground flax

to 'flour' my pan.

I like the nuttiness

and nutrition

they add, without

the white flour

residue sticking

to my cake.

However, I'd

grind it finer next

time, to get

better adhesion

to the shortening]

3. In a large mixing bowl, combine:

2 cups flour (I use half wholewheat)

1-1/4 cups packed brown sugar

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup buttermilk OR sour milk

2/3 cup butter, softened

2 eggs

Blend at low speed until moistened,

then for 3 minutes at medium speed.

[the batter should be thick, but if it insists on crawling up the beaters instead of blending,

add a tablespoon of water]

4. Spread the batter over the ‘topping’ (which should already be in the bottom of the pan.)

5. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

[or say, maybe you're

having coffee company

after dinner; you'd like

to serve something hot

from the oven, but

won't have the prep

time for it...

So, why not throw this together

in the morning and bake it

just before your guests

arrive in the evening?]

6. In the morning, preheat your oven to 350°F. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes (check with a toothpick. Don't underbake!)

Cool for a few minutes, then loosen outside edges and centre with a small rubber spatula.

Invert onto a platter and serve warm.

7. Enjoy with friends and plenty of coffee!

[Completely unnecessary, I know, and perhaps even bordering on sinful, hubby and I like to drizzle (pour?) pancake syrup on this!]