These sticky, sticky buns are stuffed with walnuts and cinnamon sugar, then rolled to perfection. The glaze, with a subtle hint of orange zest makes it IMPOSSIBLE to eat just one!

Walnut Cinnamon Sticky Buns {mind-over-batter.com}

Sometimes I’m just not feeling food photography. Like today. I’m not feeling it. Not feeling it at all. I woke up thinking, I’m making sticky buns and putting them on the blog; however, when it was time to photograph these bad boys… I just wasn’t feeling it.

Walnut Cinnamon Sticky Buns {mind-over-batter.com}

And it sucks, ‘ya know? Because when I’m not feeling my photos, and words fail me, there’s no way to describe what making these sticky buns mean to me.

Walnut Cinnamon Sticky Buns {mind-over-batter.com}

How can I show you, I love playing with yeasted dough? Because it’s alive. Because I love watching it rise. How can I show you, I love kneading dough because it helps me think. How to show you, I loved zesting an orange with my trusty Microplane and mixing it into this sticky bun dough?

Walnut Cinnamon Sticky Buns {mind-over-batter.com}

Yeah… When you’re not feeling food photography, a lot get’s lost in translation. As a food blogger, you’re expected to supply your readers (You know, your mom and cousin), with mouthwatering photos.

And today, I got nothin’.

These photos are not beautiful. They weren’t beautifully composed.

Walnut Cinnamon Sticky Buns {mind-over-batter.com}

They’re not perfect and mouthwatering. They’re just not. Because today, I wasn’t feeling it. I allowed myself to get lost in the act of making these sticky buns. In the dough mix, in the rise, in the punch down – A punch down that’s not really a punch, but a press. I got lost in rolling a perfect rectangle on my kitchen counter, the counter with the shitty lighting. I wasn’t feeling like transferring my perfect rectangle 15 feet towards my window. It would have ruined the rectangle.

Walnut Cinnamon Sticky Buns {mind-over-batter.com}

I got lost in melted butter spread with my trusty OXO brush, then the spread of cinnamon sugar and walnuts. I got lost in the perfect roll, followed by the perfect cut. I just didn’t feel like photographing it all. I got lost in buttering and lightly sprinkling cinnamon sugar in my cast iron skillet and lovingly placing my newly cut sticky buns on top of all that buttery, sugary goodness.

Walnut Cinnamon Sticky Buns {mind-over-batter.com}

I got lost in the scent of cinnamon, orange, and brown sugar as these buns baked. I wasn’t feeling the photography aspect of the thing. And I know it’s what I signed up for, but I wasn’t feeling it. I just wanted to bake some buns. I wanted to mix a thick, thick glaze with a hint of orange and a crapload of vanilla bean paste. I wanted to glaze those buns the second they came out of the oven. And I did.

Walnut Cinnamon Sticky Buns {mind-over-batter.com}

And these photos don’t do these buns justice. Because I just wasn’t feeling the whole photography composition situation. I realize that yes, I want to give you pretty photos – But I want to show you real food too. Food you can feel, food you can make. I want you to see that not everything that comes out of my kitchen is picture perfect. It isn’t. It’s hella messy sometimes. But it’s real. It’s me. And it’s delicious. And you should make these sticky buns because it will be the realest thing to come out of your oven, the realest thing to tantalize your taste buds.

Just take my word for it.

Walnut Cinnamon Sticky Buns {mind-over-batter.com}

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