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Sunday Brunchies and Crunchies: Main Street Bakery Cinnamon Rolls

6 May 2012

Author's note: The 'Sunday Brunchies and Crunchies' edition of Sunday Brunch explores a single item in WDW. Rather than dedicate a post to one whole restaurant, we'll be taking a quick and critical look at some delicious Disney treats and dining individually.

The Main Street Bakery is one of the sweetest places on the East Side. For an early morning breakfast or late night snack, the bakery is always ready with fresh baked pastries for hungry guests. Today, we will not be exploring the bakery as a whole. Since early January this year, the bakery's exterior has been under refurbishment. Main Street buildings have always had touch up work, with such extensive refurbishment as the Confectionery's new paint job and color scheme last summer (, but the bakery seems to be taking longer than usual. Some have speculated, perhaps they are re-theming the bakery as the Disney parks prepare to install Starbucks within the parks. While no official announcements have been made about this, many still wonder what they are working on with the bakery. Until the refurbishment tarps and walls come down will Sunday Brunch discuss the well-known, and perhaps most visited, bakery in Walt Disney World.

In the meantime, for today's Sunday Brunchies and Crunchies, we'll be looking at a particular bakery item that will surely make you run out to your nearest bakery or shopping mall after reading this article. I had the pleasure last Wednesday of indulging in this delectable treat after a crazy day in the parks with Brent Dodge and his friend, my friend, and now your friend Erin K. For those who caught the W.E.D.nesday Show last May 2nd, you know we missed out on our plan to try the pretzels at Auntie Gravity's Lunching Pad and instead headed to the Main Street Bakery, where you know you will never be disappointed.

The counter for the bakery is filled with delicious pastries such as cookies, brownies, muffins, cupcakes, apple turnovers, croissants, and much more, though probably the most popular item can be found at the end of the line. Under the warm glow of heat lamps, lies an often changed platter of a half dozen giant cinnamon rolls, drowning in a puddle of fondant icing.

It's so popular; they list it first on the sign

The Cinnamon Roll is about the size of a head of lettuce and clearly is meant to be shared, though for the very hungry, sweet toothed guest, it's enough to satisfy your hunger and more. The roll itself is incredibly soft and fluffy, always fresh, and always enrobed in a heavy blanket of sugar fondant. When thinking of fondant, most people think of the play-dough like stuff they cover cakes with. While this indeed is fondant, it's actually 'rolled fondant' since it has been manipulated to behave in the play-dough like manner. Plain fondant is a shiny sugar icing that will harden over time. Typically, the Main Street cinnamon rolls have a white fondant, but this evening, there were two: a white and a brown. It was past park closing when we got to the bakery, so I am thinking they were running low of the white fondant and had to use brown too. The brown fondant was made from brown sugar, which is essentially white sugar with the molasses component still present from the original sugar cane. I do like brown sugar as it contributes the distinct flavor to the cookie part of chocolate chip cookies, so this improvisation was most welcome to an already delightful treat.

The cinnamon roll is difficult to describe outside of words like delicious and sinful. Erin, straight from New England, stated with gusto that it was 'wicked sweet,' though she did say a drawback was that your hands get sticky, even if you do use a fork! Brent Dodge stated with glee that it was 'Heaven in my mouth.' I'd have to agree, this is one of the greatest pastries in Walt Disney World and I confess I may have had perhaps more than a baker's dozen since I've lived here.


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