We get many questions here at Fort Edmonton Park, and one of the most common ones is “how come you don’t have those cinnamon buns anymore?” It’s been many years since the decision was made to stop making the famous cinnamon buns; however, we now have a state-of-the-art kitchen and thought the timing was right to bring back those delicious treats.
In our quest to find the ultimate cinnamon bun, we challenged our staff and volunteers to put their best recipe forward. We had seven recipe submissions, one from someone as young as twelve!
The judging for the tasty treats took place on November 26, 2018, in the Blatchford Hangar kitchen. Judges included Executive Chef Joakim Gomes, Pastry Chef Rohan Borhade and a few other Fort Edmonton Park staff (tough job but someone had to do it!)
After much deliberation, Helen Russell was declared the winner.
Helen (or Grandma Helen as she is affectionately known to her family) is a passionate cook and baker, always making delicious fare for family and friends. She is a regular watcher of cooking and baking shows and is often inspired by them. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren have devoured her award-winning cinnamon buns for decades. Helen is proud of her creations and thrilled to have her skills recognized by professional chefs. Helen’s daughter, Sandra Russell-Smith, is a long time volunteer and was so excited about the opportunity to showcase her mom’s amazing recipe.
Congratulations to our other winners as well:
Second place – Carolina Roemmich
Third place – Kaylee Damour
We’ll introduce the new Fort Edmonton Park Signature Cinnamon Buns at Opening Night of our Christmas Pantomime, Little Red Riding on December 13th. After that, you can find them at Winter Wagon Nights running select evenings from December 20th to 29th. They will be available to enjoy at the event or in a to go pack.