Monday, March 29, 2010

Coleen's Decadent Maple Pecan Cinnamon Rolls


If you ever want to celebrate a morning  you must make these maple glazed cinnamon rolls.


Sweet, fluffy, cinnamon-y, pecan-y, maple-y goodness, delectable rolls just for you.  All warm and fragrant and waiting...

You know you want it.   Just a nibble. A tiny corner where all the maple glaze just spills so sweetly over the edge.  Couldn't hurt.  Right?



My beautiful friend and cook extraordinaire, Coleen of Coleen's Recipes, bubbled with enthusiasm and compliments for these, and, no surprise, here,  she was so right. So when Coleen mentioned that I should make these, well, I knew that I just had to.  Coleen has many loyal followers and fans of her terrific cooking, but if haven't had the pleasure of meeting her, I encourage you to skip on over and visit.  Believe me, you won't want to leave, and if you're like me, you'll be bookmarking everything she makes.

Coleen's Pecan Maple Cinnamon Rolls


For the rolls:
2 cups buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar

One package dry active yeast (or 2 1/4 teaspoons if using bulk)**
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt

For the filling:
3/4 cup light brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
Pinch salt
1 cup chopped pecans
2 tablespoons softened butter (for spreading on rolled dough)

Maple Glaze
1 1/3 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon maple flavor extract (such as Mapleine)
2-3 tablespoons milk or enough to make a nice smooth glaze

Mix the buttermilk, vegetable oil and sugar in a saucepan and warm the mixture to about 120-130 degrees Fahrenheit, just below the boiling point.  (Alternatively you could use your microwave, which is what Coleen and I did.)  Remove from the heat and let the mixture cool down and then stir in the dry yeast.  Allow the mixture to sit for five to ten minutes, allowing time for the yeast to "bloom."

Add 4 cups (from the 4/1 2 cups required) to the liquid ingredients and stir well; no kneading is required.  The batter is heavy and sticky, but that's okay; it's supposed to be.  Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and let the dough rise in a warm place for an hour.


In a small, separate bowl, mix the final 1/2 cup of flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Stir down the rested dough and add dry ingredients.  Mix until well incorporated. The dough will still be quite sticky.



Turn the batter out onto a well-floured work surface and roll the dough around a few times, coating the outside so that it is not quite so sticky.  Roll or pat the dough into a rectangle that is about 1/2 inch thick.  Spread the dough surface with the 2 tablespoons of butter and then add evenly spread on the filling ingredients and top with the nuts, patting the nuts into the sugar.

Roll the dough up jelly roll style, keeping it as tight as you can.  Inch the seam shut.  Cut 1 1/2 inch slices and lay them cut side dwn, in a greased 9 x 13 inch baking pan.  Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 30 minutes.

Bake in preheated 375*F oven for about 20 minutes or until golden and then sound hollow when you tap on them.  Drizzle with glaze while the rolls are still hot.

To make the glaze, combine all the ingredients in a small bowl, using only 2 tablespoons of milk to start.  If the glaze is too thick, add additional milk in drops, stirring well in between, until the desired spreading consistency is achieved.

**A packet of yeast contains 2 1/4 teaspoons.  In Coleen's notes, she indicated she used an entire tablespoon, which is what I did (I am such a follower, grins).  The additional yeast gives it a little additional loft, I buy yeast in bulk,  but if you only have the packets of yeast, I'd used the suggested amount.

44 comments:

  1. These look delicious. I love Coleen's recipes. I agree, she always has great recipes to share.

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  2. Soooo soft and delicious...

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  3. I'm with Cristine - mouthwatering!

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  4. Hi! The rolls look so beautiful, absolutely divine.

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  5. WOW Katy! This is fabulous. Can I just grab one?

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  6. Maple pecan cinnamon,wow wonderful flavors..looks so moist and mouthwatering...

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  7. Thanks for reminding me of her great recipe. You and Colleen are two great cooks and blogging friends.

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  8. Ahhh Katy these are bliss..I too made them from Coleen's recipe and they disappeared so fast:) I don't need to say who ate too many do I?? grin Actually I was amazed at my control!
    Your photos are beautiful!

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  9. They look so light and fluffy. Great photos.
    Mimi

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  10. Katy, I have such an intimidation to yeast! These sound so easy, though. And delicious, too!

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  11. These are exactly the way in which I want to start off my morning. They are so gorgeous Katy! I think I'm in love...

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  12. I love those buns. I wish I could start all my mornings with your lovely buns!
    Sorry if I didn't visit your blog lately, I was so sick during the weekend.
    Take care
    Cheers

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  13. I'm hungry, lol. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I happen to love cinnamon buns and the maple syrup frosting sounds like an excellent topping for them.

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  14. Oh Katy! Hubby is home after being away for 4 weeks and I am making him these....maple is his favorite!
    Thank you!

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  15. I'm blushing (and smiling) at your kind words, thank you Katy, I'm so glad you enjoyed the recipe, it IS a keeper. They freeze well too. I just wrap them individually in plastic wrap and them put several of them in an ovesized freezer bag.

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  16. Scrumptious and looking so delish. Great recipe. Thanks.

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  17. How scrumptious! That last photo is extraordinary! Drooling here!

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  18. WOW! Those look great! I'm glad I stumbled upon both yours and Coleen's blog!

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  19. I saw these on Coleens blog and I've been dying to try them! OH do they look! Your adding even more inspiration!!!

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  20. Wow Katy! Seems to be so good! Here in Italy we say " Mi fa venire l' acquolina in bocca" that, I think is, "my mouth is watering" ☺

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  21. Hi..this is really yummy and great pictures too...

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  22. I sure am celebrating this morning. Those Cinnamon Rolls are calling my name. I hear them I "swear."

    I'll be passing this link on to my daughter, Katy. I haven't tackled baking Cinnamon Rolls ever, but she has and I'm hoping she'll bake some up for me when I visit in April.

    Thanks for sharing...the thought of them is making me think I smell them from here:)

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  23. I so love these ... :)
    Sounds like a wonderful recipe...

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  24. Wow what a scrumptious recipe katy,you are tempting my taste bud.Heavenly combo,amazing pics.I could not take my eyes off from them.The recipe is loaded with all the existing ingredients in my pantry,a must try katy.Thanks for the recipe.

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  25. This post was kinda like cruel and unusual punishment! :) Loved all your wonderful photos. That one of the corner was perfect torture, I mean perfection! LOL

    Yum, I'll be whipping out my cinnamon roll bakin' skills this weekend for these!
    ~ingrid

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  26. Absolutely yummy.. Looks perfect and tempting :)

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  27. These look like killer rolls!

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  28. i don't think it would be possible to have a bad day if i started it with these!

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  29. What drool-worthy rolls Katy! I saw these on Coleens blog and bookmarked them, so I need to get busy since you've given them approval too. :)
    I'm thinking Easter would be a great time to serve these!

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  30. Oh Katy!!!!!!!! Those photos are SO gorgeous looking at them makes me want to cry! Why? Because I can't reach in and grab one of these beauties! Holy cow do they look decadent!!!! I so love making bread-especially sweet rolls...I can't wait to try these! Thanks to you and Coleen!

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  31. Oh my -- those look so good, they remind me of a maple donut! YUM! Actually, I have some leftover cinnamon roll dough that I froze, and this looks like a great way to top them!

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  32. Katy--that last picture is magnificent!

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  33. Oh Katy- slurp, I am so drooling.

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  34. Sweet dimsum bread scented with cinnamon sound absolutely gorgeous.

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  35. These look so decadent. Think I'll make them next time we have company.

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  36. Mmmm, sounds perfect!
    Have a great weekend Katy :-)

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  37. Oh what a beautiful sight! Eye candy! I wished I was sitting with you and enjoying a nice cup of tea and one of these wonderful treats! Fabulous photo's Katy!

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  38. Another beautiful rolls! Love every single bit of them. Yumm....

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  39. Your house must have been filled with heavenly cinnamon and maple aroma!

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  40. These are gorgeous! Looks like they rose perfectly, what a great texture and flavor-combo!

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  41. Another one to add! We both obviously love sweet things for breakfast!

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