Friday, May 4, 2012

CARAMEL CINNAMON ROLLS

2 pkgs (.25-oz each) active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (110-115 degrees)
2 cups warm milk (110-115 degrees)
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup mashed potatoes (without butter or milk)
2 large eggs
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
7 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

In a large mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water.  Add the milk, butter, sugar, potatoes, eggs, salt, and whole-wheat flour.  Beat mixture until smooth.  Stir in enough all-purpose flour to form a soft dough.  Turn out on a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 6 to 8 minutes.  Place in a greased bowl and turn once to grease top.  Cover loosely and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.

FILLING:
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup packed brown sugar
3 tbsp ground cinnamon

Punch dough down.  Turn out on floured surface and divide into thirds.  Roll each portion into a 12-inch x 8-inch rectangle; spread with melted butter.  Combine the brown sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over the dough to within 1/2-inch of the edges.  Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seams closed.  Cut each roll into 12 even slices and placecut side down in three greased 13 x 9-inch baking pans.  Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.

Bake rolls at 350 degrees for 27-30 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack.

While rolls cool, make the following GLAZE:
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
3 tbsp butter
1 cup miniature marshmallows
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Combine the cream, both sugars, and butter in a large saucepan.  Bring mixture to a boil and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in marshmallows until melted.  Beat in powdered sugar and vanilla.  Drizzle over rolls.


Yield: 36 rolls

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