Thursday, June 30, 2016

Salted Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls!

The delivery girls! 
I'm loving summer! How about you? What I especially like is having the
grandkids around a little more, since they don't have to spend most of the day at school! It's fun to include them in some of my everyday routines, since those routines aren't so "everyday" to them. The grandgirls have begun to help me do my Meals-On-Wheels route on Thursdays. Cana checks off names, tells me who's next and delivers the cold meals. Corinne bravely carries the "hot" meals to the clients. My "regulars" just love seeing these little faces......and these little girls are learning to love to serve. 

After we came home from the route this week, Cana stayed a while with me. Earlier that morning, I had baked some new sweet rolls for an eight-o-clock meeting and the leftovers were sitting on the counter......  When Cana came in the back door, she eyed them hungrily. I was saving four to take to a neighbor, but I decided that my neighbor would be just as happy with three. So.....I offered "C" (Cana's nickname) a roll. It was gone in a flash! Pecans, apples and all! That speaks to the tender deliciousness of these rolls. I'm sure your family will enjoy them as much as Cana did! 

Salted Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls

1 pkg/Tbsp. Red Star Platinum Yeast
½ Cup plus 1 Tbsp. warm water
2 ¼ Cup unbleached, all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp. sugar
½ tsp. salt
1 egg
¼ Cup butter, softened

Apple filling -
1 large apple, peeled and chopped
2 Tbsp. brown sugar

Brown sugar filling –
2 Tbsp. butter, softened
¼ Cup brown sugar
1 ½ tsp. Cinnamon
½ Cup chopped pecans

¼ cup caramel apple dip
Coarse sea salt

Place warm water and yeast in EZ DOH bucket and stir to dissolve yeast. Let rest 1 minute. Add one cup of flour, then additional dough ingredients. EZ DOH-it for 2-3 minutes, or until dough is smooth and soft and all ingredients are incorporated (you may have to add a small amount of additional flour. You can expect the dough to be almost sticky.) Remove dough from bucket, spray bucket with cooking spray, “smooth” dough and replace in bucket. Cover and let rise until doubled.

While the dough is rising, heat the “apple filling” ingredients together in a skillet. Heat for 7+ minutes, until moisture has evaporated and apples are softened and caramelized. Cool.

When dough is risen, remove it from the bucket and place it on a floured surface. Gently roll into a 14”x 9” rectangle (This dough will stick to your surface if you press too hard). Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon together. Spread the softened butter on the rectangle. Sprinkle the brown sugar mixture on the butter. Top with apple mixture, then with chopped pecans. Roll up from the long side. Cut the log into 9-10 rolls. Place in a greased 9x9” pan. Cover and let rise till doubled (I let mine rise overnight in the frig- remove ½ hour before baking) . Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes until golden. Brush the tops with melted butter. Cool slightly . Microwave the caramel apple dip for 8 seconds. Drizzle over the rolls. Sprinkle with a small amount of coarse sea salt. ENJOY!! 

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