I originally made strawberry jam, just to have as strawberry jam. A jar of it in the fridge, perfect for drizzling on smoothie bowls, spooning over top of nice cream, or dare I say enjoying post run on a piece of banana with a bit of almond butter for a PB & J like fix.
But then I ended up on Foodgawker. And like many other days, it totally de-railed my plans. I think I need to put a timer or lock on Foodgawker the way some people do on Facebook. I don’t sit and scroll mindlessly through Facebook, but launch Foodgawker (accidentally of course), and I’ll be there for an indefinite amount of time. Time meant to be spent on other things. It’s not mindless time though. Instead it’s time where I have so many ideas and thoughts popping up in my mind of what I want to make and how I should use certain ingredients, or how to create this thing from these ingredients that I already have in my fridge.
This is what happened with these buns: I had made the jam, and it was fine and done, sealed up in the fridge, ready to be used as strawberry jam . . . only to find myself gawking along to come upon jam filled donuts.
Now I’m not a go crazy over donuts person, nor do I necessarily hold a special place for them in my heart. But the boy does. And by default, that means, so do I.
We used to visit this fruit and veg market every weekend. We would go once a week and stock up on our veggies and fruit for the week ahead, taking full advantage of all the fresh produce and weekly bargain deals. He also used to take full advantage of the fact that there was a jam donut truck there. And now, every time I see them, I just think of him and how much he loved them and how happy they made him. It’s funny that we are always drawn to these states of emotion and feelings that things produce more than the thing itself.
And as soon as all of this came flooding into my mind, with the jam sitting in the fridge, I knew I had to make some jam filled delight. Not the deep fried donut version that I saw on Foodgawker, but something else. Something reminiscent of jam-filled donuts, without the unwanted sugar and none of that deep fried thing.
Let’s make sweet buns! These cute little buns are slightly sweet from the use of maple syrup and have the subtle flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg. But the good news is that there is no other added sugar and they are made with whole wheat flour to give that complex carbohydrate boost to fill you up.
In other words, these aren’t sweet as in you can only have them for dessert. In fact, they’re pretty much amazing for breakfast or snack. And the jam is already included.