Cinnamon Rolls

 

cinnamon rolls

cinnamon rolls

I've never been much of a baker- until I got pregnant.  Now, I've set a goal of no longer burning the chocolate chip cookies and testing out new yeasty delights in multiple bread formations.  Here's my latest and greatest- home made cinnamon yeast rolls.  My secret?  Potatoes.  It keeps these sweet delights moist and fluffy.  Who knew?  Sometimes, when I see something out of the ordinary in a recipe, like potatoes- I get overly enthusiastic, because I KNOW that once this recipe gets baked, it'll end up being utter perfection on a fork.... you've got to try it, that's all I can say.

Ingredients

  • FOR THE DOUGH: 1/3 cup mashed potatoes, nothing added
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter, softened, cut into pieces
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 3 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 2 teaspoons bread machine yeast or 1 1/2 teaspoons SAF instant yeast
  • FOR THE ROLLS: 3/4 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup pecan pieces
  • SUGAR GLAZE: 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. FOR DOUGH: Line large baking sheet with parchment paper; sprinkle lightly with flour.
  2. Stir mashed potatoes and boiling water in small bowl until thickened. Cool until warm, about 10 minutes.
  3. Place potato mixture and all remaining dough ingredients in a standard mixer
    bowl with paddle attachment (dough will be very soft, almost sticky, yet smooth and springy).
  4. Pat dough into thick rectangle. Cover with two layers of plastic wrap; refrigerate 6 hours to overnight. Check once and press dough down to deflate.
  5. FOR ROLLS: Butter sides and bottoms of two 6-cup giant muffin pans.
  6. Combine sugars and cinnamon in small bowl; set aside.
  7. Let dough stand on counter 20 minutes. Press dough down to deflate. Transfer dough to lightly floured work surface. Roll out dough to 18x12-inch rectangle. Spread softened butter evenly over dough, leaving 1-inch border around edges. Sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar and pecans; press in pecans with fingers. Starting at one long side, roll dough jelly-roll style forming log. Pinch seam to seal. Trim ends. Cut log crosswise into twelve 1-inch-thick pieces. Arrange slices cut side down in prepared muffin cups. Cover loosely with plastic.
  8. DO-AHEAD TIP: At this point, rolls can be made up to 1 day ahead. Cover tightly with double-layer of plastic wrap and refrigerate. Loosen plastic wrap before proceeding.
  9. Let loosely covered rolls rise at room temperature until puffy, about 1 hour and 15 minutes (or 1 hour and 30 minutes for refrigerated rolls).
  10. Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 375º F 20 minutes before baking. Bake rolls until tops are dark brown and filling bubbles, about 18 minutes. Transfer pans to wire racks. Cool until warm, about 25 minutes.
  11. Remove rolls from pans. Drizzle with Sugar Glaze.
  12. SUGAR GLAZE: Heat butter, milk and water in medium bowl in microwave just to boiling. Stir in vanilla. Add sugar; stir until smooth.
  13. DO-AHEAD TIP: Finished rolls can be made up to 1 month ahead. Cool completely. Enclose each roll in plastic sandwich-size freezer bag and freeze.

If I could sing to the heavens about this recipe, I would.  It's so absolutely delightful, I had a hard time not eating the whole recipe myself.  Let me know what you think and send me over your favorite twists on the classic cinnamon roll.  Lot's of love, from my kitchen to yours 🙂

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