Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Cranberry Pecan Rolls

I talked about these in the last post and here they are. They are fluffy and filled with cranberries and pecans. I will admit I wasn't sure about the pecans but they make these rolls what they are. What is that? Delicious. We determined these would be amazing as french toast but that theory hasn't been tested. I would think that some orange zest butter would be a lovely accompaniment to these rolls. That would just literally be maybe 1-2 teaspoons of freshly grated orange zest mixed into 1 stick of butter (salted or
unsalted, depending on your preference). I keep a stock on unsalted butter in this house because I prefer to bake with it so I can control the salt content of my baked goods better. I used original Craisins for this recipe but the Orange or Cherry Craisins might be good as well because they would just add additional flavors. I had pecans on hand and so that's what I used. I actually did go to the store before making these but decided pecans would be delicious also. I didn't use the entire amount of cranberries or pecans in the bread because I was concerned about it becoming too berry and nutty, but after trying them I am no longer concerned and the recipe below will have the full amount in there. Don't let the long instructions scare you, it's not that bad :) Happy Baking!

Cranberry Pecan Dinner Rolls

- 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
- 3 1/2 cups (or more) bread flour
- 1 tablespoon (packed) golden brown sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons quick-rising dry yeast (from one 1/4-ounce envelope)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil plus additional for coating bowl
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup sweetened dried cranberries
- Nonstick vegetable oil spray
- 1 large egg, beaten to blend (for glaze)
- Raw sugar (I used granulated but would highly recommend raw or even sanding)

1. Stir nuts in dry skillet over medium heat until toasted, about 5 minutes. Cool.
2. Mix 3 1/2 cups bread flour and next 3 ingredients in bowl of heavy-duty stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment. Warm milk in small saucepan over low heat until instant-read thermometer inserted into milk registers 95°F. Add oil; remove from heat. 
3. Add milk mixture and 1 egg to flour mixture. Mix on low speed until wet coarse ball forms, about 1 minute. Add nuts and cranberries. Replace paddle attachment on mixer with dough hook. Mix dough on low speed until smooth, elastic, and slightly tacky, adding more flour by tablespoonfuls as needed, about 4 minutes. Transfer dough to floured surface; knead 2 minutes.
4. Lightly oil large bowl. Shape dough into ball; place in prepared bowl, turning to coat with oil. Cover with plastic wrap; let dough rise at room temperature until almost doubled in volume, 1 3/4 to 2 hours.
5. Line large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Transfer dough to unfloured surface; divide into 12 equal pieces. Using cupped hand, roll and rotate 1 dough piece firmly on work surface until dough piece pops up into cupped hand as smooth round ball, about 6 rotations. (This will make dough ball as smooth as possible; if necessary, wipe work surface with damp paper towel to help create traction.) Repeat with remaining dough pieces.
6. Transfer rolls to prepared baking sheet, spacing apart. Spray rolls with nonstick spray. Cover loosely with plastic wrap; let rise at room temperature until 1 1/2 times original size, about 1 1/2 hours. Brush rolls with egg glaze; sprinkle with raw sugar. Let rise 15 minutes longer.
7. Meanwhile, position rack in center of oven and preheat to 425°F.
8. Place rolls in oven; reduce oven temperature to 400°F and bake 7 minutes. Rotate baking sheet; bake rolls until golden and slightly firm to touch, about 8 minutes longer. Cool completely on rack. 

DO AHEAD: Wrap in foil, then enclose in resealable plastic bag and freeze up to 2 weeks. Thaw rolls at room temperature. If desired, rewarm rolls wrapped in foil in 350°F oven about 10 minutes.
* Also called turbinado or demerara sugar; available at most supermarkets.

Recipe adapted from Delish

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