Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Good Clean Fun

Grendal says 'Happy 4th Day of Christmas' everybody! Today is traditionally known as the Feast Of Fools and what they mean is just that it is a day for silliness. Have fun and let go a little. A lot of people will have a party tonight and play games etc. I am actually going to spend the night alone but maybe Grendal and I can think up something, or watch a funny movie at least. She is already running through the house acting a fool! She may be getting a little too carried away as she just attacked the tree!

Okay, here is the recipe for the cinnamon rolls I showed ya'll the other day. I am going to publish the original version but like I did, I think you could substitute a variety of fruits or nuts. I think dried apricots, blueberries or such would work well.

Cinnamon-Date-Pecan Rolls with Maple Glaze

1 tsp. sugar
1 package dry yeast
3/4 cup warm water
1/3 cup sugar
3 Tbsp. butter, melted
1/2 tsp. salt
1 large egg
3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. grated orange rind
2 Tbsp. butter, melted
3/4 cup chopped pitted dates
1/4 cup chopped pecans

1 cup powdered sugar
2 Tbsp. maple syrup (I just used pancake syrup)
1 Tbsp. milk (I used 2%)

Dissolve yeast and 1 tsp. sugar in 3/4 cup warm water; let stand 5 minutes. Combine 1/3 cup sugar, butter, salt and egg in a large bowl. Add yeast mixture and beat with a mixer at medium speed until blended.

Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup and level with knife. Gradually add flour to yeast mixture, beating mixture on low until a soft dough forms. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic (about 5 minutes). Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm area (85 degrees), free from drafts for 1 hour or until dough is about double. Punch dough down and turnout onto a lightly floured surface.

To prepare filling, combine brown sugar, cinnamon, and orange rind in a small bowl. Roll dough into a 10x15 inch rectangle; brush with melted butter. Sprinkle brown sugar mixture over dough leaving a 1/2 inch border. Sprinkle date and pecan mixture over sugar. Beginning on the long side, roll up jelly-roll fashion and pinch seam to seal. Cut roll into 18 1/2" slices. Place slices in a 13x9 inch baking pan coated with cooking spray. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until rolls have doubled in size. *I did not have a rectangular pan so I just baked mine in one of my pie plates; worked fine.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Uncover rolls and bake at this temperature for 20 minutes or until rolls are golden brown.

To prepare glaze, combine powdered sugar, syrup and milk in a small bowl and stir with a whisk until smooth. Drizzle glaze over warm rolls. Serve immediately.

Hope ya'll enjoy these if you make them. I certainly did!

*The Allman Brothers


JoJo said...

OK that sounds like a yummy thing to do today. Did my sillyness already and just got home it is really gettting cold out there and we may see snow flurrys but I don't think so just lots of rain. Time to break out the snuggie I bought and crochet on my lap robe for the VA nice warm thing to do.

Bustednuckles said...

Pretty cat!

edifice rex said...

Hey Jojo! yeah, that sounds great!

Hey Busted! thanks! she's a mess though!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Thanks for the recipe, Annie. We're going to try it at the Frog & PenguINN as soon as we return home after New Year's as we are off on yet another road trip to visit family in New England. Cinnamon rolls and hot cocoa - perfect to-togethers!

HermitJim said...

Nothing like a good cat to keep you company! Better than people sometimes!

I appreciate the recipe, my friend!

myamuhnative said...

She is a beauty! And a good sport too!

edifice rex said...

Hey Beatrice! Great! hope ya'll enjoy it.

Hey Jim! Yep! she's a sweetheart!

Hey Mya! thanks! yes, she is a great sport about letting me dress her up. But the kitty treats do help!

Island Rider said...

Mmm. Can't wait to try it.

Mom said...

Yum-had to make the cinnamon rolls this morning before that old new years resolution of losing weight goes into affect tomorrow!Ha!We'll how that goes this year-they were sooo good.Happy new year!! Jane in Maine

edifice rex said...

Hey IR! hope you enjoy them!

Hey Jane! Happy New Year! glad you enjoyed the rolls! they are super yummy!