01 August 2014

apple butter and pecan cinnamon rolls

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Well, happy Friday and happy August.  Both exciting things, I'd say.  To commemorate this particularly sparkly date I am giving you these: apple butter and pecan cinnamon rolls.  Now, I've got to be completely honest with you.  I have been on Whole 30 for a little over a week so I did not get to partake in this magic, but the people I foisted these upon 'mmmmmm'ed enough that I'm confident you'll like them too.

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You can eat these today different ways.  The bottom has an amazing pecan brown sugar topping, so you can flip it onto a plate, or you can make the gooey icing I've included in the recipe to make it a total sugar bomb.  I served it with the icing on it and it was a huge hit, but I can imagine the rolls with just the pecan filling and a cup of black coffee would be the best pairing ever in history.

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INGREDIENTS
Dough:
1/4-ounce package yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup scalded milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter or shortening
1 tsp salt
1 egg
3 1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour

Filling:
1 9oz jar of apple butter
3 tbsp brown sugar
roughly half of 8 oz bag of large chopped pecans

Topping:
4 tbsp butter
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
remainder of chopped pecans

Icing:
4 tbsp butter, room temperature (important!)
2 cups confectioners sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3-6 tbsp hot water

DIRECTIONS
In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water and set aside. In a large bowl mix milk, sugar, melted butter, salt and egg. Add 2 cups of flour and mix until smooth. Add yeast mixture. Mix in remaining flour until dough is easy to handle. Knead dough on lightly floured surface for 5 to 10 minutes. Place in well-greased bowl, cover with a towel and let rise until doubled in size, usually 1 to 1 1/2 hours in a closed microwave.

When doubled in size, punch down dough. Roll out on a floured surface into a 15 by 9-inch rectangle. Spread melted butter all over dough. Mix apple butter, pecans, and brown sugar and pour it over the dough (I used a spatula to spread it). Beginning at the 15-inch side, role up dough and pinch edge together to seal. Cut into 12 to 15 slices.

Mix the melted butter, brown sugar, and pecans together over low-medium heat in a small saucepan. Whisk until thoroughly mixed and take off of heat. Spread it evenly into the bottom of the 9" round pan.  Place the rolls on top and let sit in a closed microwave for 45 minutes until doubled in size. A friend of mine suggested that if you're not a morning person, you can put the dough covered overnight in the fridge and bake it in the morning.

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until nicely browned (here in CO, it may take closer to 25), making sure to check that the center of the cinnamon rolls are equally done.  Meanwhile, mix together all of the icing ingredients and put them in a plastic squeeze bottle.  (You can also just drizzle the icing, but I'm a bit of a perfectionist.)

Let the rolls sit for ten minutes then drizzle on the icing if you're using it.  Then eat them warm because (and I'm so serious) nothing in the world is better than a warm cinnamon roll.

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I think you should invite your friends over this weekend and make this with a pot of coffee.  If you do end up making these this fine weekend, let me know in the comments below!  I need to live vicariously, after all.

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