A couple of years ago when we were staying in New York for what felt like forever – ok, 6 weeks – we spent quite a bit of time in and around Brooklyn. I loved it over there. Park Slope, Williamsburg and Greenpoint are fantastic areas to stay and explore; neighbourhoods I’d easily settle into for any amount of time.
In the three or four weeks that we Airbnb’d in Brooklyn, we often stayed in our loft and toasted up fresh bagels for breakfast. Other times we hit the pavement or jumped onto the subway in search of cafes or markets to get our breakfast fill in a new neighbourhood; a great way to explore different areas and really get a feel of this dynamic city.
Up at the top of Brooklyn is Greenpoint, an old area that still holds onto much of its residential and industrial grit, despite gentrification slowly creeping in.
It’s here that we had breakfast at a place called River Styx, a narrow eating space with a cheeky and inventive menu.
Getting an almost daily dose of sticky bun-type pastries was very much the norm on our American travels. It’s no wonder I put on 7 kilos at the end of it!
At River Styx I ordered the cinnamon roll, and when it was delivered I thought they’d given me the wrong thing. The River Styx cinnamon roll was served in a 2-cup capacity ramekin, doused with a copious amount of caramel sauce, then baked. It’s completely over the top, and I loved it.
I took mental note and vowed to make it at home sometime. And I finally have. I may not have used as much caramel as the one I relished back in Brooklyn, but it comes pretty damn close.
Best eaten hot straight from the oven, these little fella’s are bound to put a sugar-fuelled bounce into anyone.