Date: 4/30/2021, 10:25 AM
On 4/29/2021 9:11 PM, Nina wrote:
I'm searching for a recipe for a sweet bun that was given included
with and served before meals at two Northern NJ restaurants that my
family used to dine at that have long closed. The buns at both
restaurants were identical, in my memory.
The first restaurant was The William Pitt Inn in Chatham, NJ.
The second was The Afton, in Florham Park, NJ.
The sweet buns were spiral cut. The dough was wrapped around small
chopped nuts (pecan or walnut?) mixed with a cinnamon sugar goo, and
were served warm with butter on the side.
They were so delicious that my Grandmother would ask for extras and
smuggle them home, wrapped in a napkin, via her purse.
I saw that your website had a listing for a recipe for Buns - Sticky -
Dog Team, and another Buns - Cinnamon (Bakery Fresh) that both used
mashed potatoes in their dough. I don't know if either of these are
similar, but the Dog Team buns with the brown sugar bottom and walnuts
sounds similar in form... but I just don't know if the potato dough
is the recipe from the two restaurants I mentioned.
By the way, both restaurants were Colonial Era in themes/decor and
served basic foods like Turkey, Meatloaf, etc.
I have already searched the internet for these two restaurants' sweet
bun recipes, but to no avail. They aren't at all like "Cinnabon", nor
are they iced. They also are not like "Monkey Bread".
Please help me, Dr. Phaedrus. "You're my only hope."
I wish that I could say that I found this recipe, but I'm afraid that I had no success. I searched
every resource available to me, and I found several mentions of "The Afton" in Florham Park and a
few mentions of "The William Pitt Inn" in Chatham, but I did not find any mention at all of the buns
that you describe from either place. I found an image of a menu from The Afton, but it did not mention
the buns. I do have an old recipe book with two recipes from "The Afton", but they aren't for buns.
One is for "Southern Bisque" and the other is for "baked ham."
"Sticky buns", "Chelsea buns," and "cinnamon rolls" were all popular Colonial recipes, and many recipes
for these call for cinnamon and nuts. There are a lot of recipes for these buns or rolls on the Internet,
but I could not find a recipe with any connection to New Jersey or to the two restaurants that you name.
Perhaps you could find a recipe in a Colonial New Jersey cookbook or just a cookbook of Colonial recipes
or perhaps you could get help from the New Jersey Historical Society.
I'll post this for reader input.