Thursday, September 8, 2016

Honey Pecan Twists!

As summer fades and routines change, it's usually a time for reflection as to what the change of seasons will bring. This week, a true "change of seasons" occurred for a dear friend of mine. Her wonderful husband of 39+  years unexpectedly passed away. His death left us all reeling, as this man was also my youngest daughter's father-in-law and an amazing friend to our family and our community. Though we are all steeped in the mourning of this great loss, we are also celebrating the beautiful legacy he left......Four wonderful children; An example of selfless service to his church, his family, his profession and his community; A beautiful, strong wife who grew and served with him......Now we all will begin a new "season" of life without Terry, but the seasons we were privileged to have shared with him have impacted each one of us in a powerful way. Those times of our lives were truly sweetened by his presence with us! 

These sweet rolls are shaped in a "figure 8" or an "infinity" - there is no beginning and no end to the shape. It made me think of Terry.....though he is not here with our family physically, his sweet influence upon us does not end! 

These rolls are TOTALLY delish - Enjoy them with someone you love! 

Honey Pecan Twists!

½ + 1/3  Cup milk, warmed to touch
1 Tbsp/packet Red Star Platinum Yeast
4 Cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
½ Cup butter, melted
¼ Cup honey
1 egg
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 ½ tsp. salt

1 egg, beaten
2 Tbsp. honey (I warmed this slightly in the microwave to make it easier to spread)
½ Cup chopped, toasted  pecans (or other nut of your choosing)

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. Remove dough from bucket, spray bucket with cooking spray, “smooth” dough and replace in bucket. Cover and let rise until doubled.

Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray. Deflate dough and divide into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece to 12” then form a “figure 8” (tails should meet under the mid-section so they don’t show J ) . Place “8’s” onto the cookie sheet. Cover with a tea towel and let rise until rolls are puffy, 30-45 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350.  Before baking, brush each roll with the beaten egg. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven when golden. Brush with warmed honey, then sprinkle with pecans. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Red Star Yeast recipe / A Treats Affair 
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