Dec 13, 2009

Caramel Walnut Rolls



What a splendid dish to wake up to. How can you not have a smashing day with these rolls awaiting your presence. The dough for this recipe is every bit of magnificent. Its easy to work with so even beginning bakers should do quite well. Another splendid thing about these are they they freeze well. After baking just store inside a freezer bag. Just try to keep as much air out of the bag as possible and they will store well for about 3 months. All you do is wrap them in aluminum foil and place in a 350F degree oven for approximately 20 minutes. These also make a fantastic gift for family and friends.

Dough:
3-1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
3/4-1 cup warm milk
2 eggs
1/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Filling:
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup toasted chopped walnuts
1/2 teaspoon cardamom, ground

Topping:
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
2/3 cup toasted chopped walnuts

1. In a small bowl add 1/2 cup of the warm milk and yeast, allow to sit 5 minutes until frothy. Meanwhile, in a large bowl add eggs, sugar, butter, salt and vanilla, mix well with a hand or stand mixer. Add the remaining milk and flour 1/2 cup at a time. Mix until a soft dough forms. Knead by hand for 5 minutes. Add oil to hands and lightly cover dough ball in oil. Place in a large bowl, cover with a towel and sit in a warm place until doubled. Approximately 1-1-1/2 hours.

2. Pre-heat oven to 350F. Grease a 9 x 9 x 2 baking pan. Punch down dough and allow to rest 5 minutes. In a 1-1/2 quart saucepan add 3/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup butter, 3 tablespoons of corn syrup. Stir over medium heat until combined. Add 2/3 cups walnuts, mix well. Pour into baking pan.
With a rolling roll into a 12 x 20 inch rectangle. With hand take 1/2 cup butter and generally rub all over the top of dough. In a medium sized bowl add 3/4 cup brown sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cardamom, mix well. Sprinkle all over top of dough. Sprinkle 1/2 cup walnuts on top of mixture. Starting with the longest side carefully roll up dough. Pinch dough to seal seams. Carefully cut 1-inch thick rolls. Place side by side into baking pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden.

Yields: 15

2 fabulous comments:

n33ma said...

Looks so good who wudnt want this?

Arlette said...

this is a new twist to an old favourit...like using the cardamom instead of cinnamon , I bet the flavour is awesome as well.