Friday, April 26, 2013

Maple Pecan Minis and Sweet Friendships

We've been really blessed with some amazing partners in God's good grace we've just seemed to find each other. Here's one little story:  Our initial EZ DOH machine's brace had been made of an extruded plastic and glued at a joint. Unfortunately, that joint proved to be a weak point that we had breakage problems with. So it was decision time - invest more money in EZ DOH and go with an injected plastic brace or just call it quits. We ended up deciding to "go for it" - but the question was "Who do we go with?" The daunting task of finding someone who understands your vision, is reasonably priced and who doesn't think you're crazy lay before us. Thanks to a little demo I did at a small farm, we ended up in contact with Dave, John and Paul at Disciple Tool in Lake Milton, OH.  These guys were funny, food-loving and excited about our vision- it couldn't have been a better fit! They have been creative and ingenious - and we are so grateful! Each time we stop in to visit, I always treat the guys to some tasty yeasted creation. This has been
one of their favorites. Here's to you, guys!

Maple Pecan Minis                                                                                                         
Dough Ingredients

2/3 Cup warm Milk                                                                 1/3 Cup maple/maple-flavored syrup
1/3 Cup margarine/butter, softened and cut up                          1 egg
3 Cups unbleached or bread flour                                             ¾ tsp. salt
1 ¼ tsp.Red Star Platinum yeast                    ½ Cup finely chopped pecans

Dissolve yeast in milk in EZ DOH bucket. Let sit 2-4 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and EZ DOH-it till dough is formed. Give dough several “turns” on the counter if it needs smoothed. Remove dough from bucket, spray bucket with cooking spray and replace dough in bucket. Let rise till doubled. When doubled, remove from bucket and roll into 14x12” rectangle. Spread with prepared filling. Cut rectangle in half lengthwise, forming two 12x 7” rectangles. Roll each rectangle from the long side into a spiral. Cut each into 16 slices. Place on lightly greased baking sheet. Cover and let rise till nearly doubled. Brush rolls lightly with a little additional milk. Bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes, until golden. Remove from oven. Cool slightly and ice.

Combine the following ingredients:
¼ Cup packed brown sugar                                                          3 Tbsp. softened margarine/butter
1 Tbsp. unbleached/bread flour                                                     2 tsp. ground cinnamon

3 Tbsp. butter
1 ½ Cups sifted powdered sugar
3 Tbsp. maple-flavored/maple syrup
2-3 tsp. milk
Heat butter in a saucepan over med-low heat for 7-10 minutes or until light brown. Remove from heat and stir in powdered sugar and maple syrup. Stir in enough milk to make icing of spreading consistency


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