bookmark_borderSANDRA’S ALASKAN SOURDOUGH CINNAMON ROLLS

A spectacular recipe that you’ll be making again and again,
making you want to maintain your sourdough starter over time…

Yields: 12 Rolls

Prep: 30 min. + rising
Bake: Appx. 35 mins.
INGREDIENTS
DOUGH:
–Proof:
2-1/2 teaspoons rapid rise yeast
3/4 cup warm 2% milk
–Additional dough ingredients:
1 cup ‘unfed’ sourdough starter (stirred, and let it come to room temp–before feeding)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs, beaten
1/2 teaspoon table salt
3-1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour
1 TB water, if needed
FILLING:

1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar (or light)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon (depending upon your preference)
1/3 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
–3/4 cup raisins and/or chopped pecans (optional)
FROSTING:

1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
3 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon table salt
1-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1 TB milk, if needed
METHOD
Add yeast and 1 tablespoon honey in warm milk in the stand mixing bowl with the hook attachment; mix to combine and let set 5 minutes to proof.
To the stand mixer with the yeast mixture, add the sourdough starter, sugar, butter, beaten eggs, flour and salt; beat on low speed until dough is combined and wrapping around hook; adding 1 TB of water, if needed. Turn speed to medium to knead dough in stand mixture for 8 minutes.
Place in a greased medium glass bowl, turning once to grease the top of dough. Cover with plastic wrap (underside sprayed) and let rise in a no-draft warm place until doubled, about 1 to 1-/12 hours. (I do so in my oven, no heat.)
Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface into an 21″ x 16 rectangle. Spread softened butter in an even layer, retaining 1” on top long edge for sealing roll. Next, sprinkle brown sugar, granulated sugar, and raisins; each to within 1” of top edge. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal. (Dough should shrink into a 13″ long log when rolling up.) Cut into 12 equal slices; place rolls in a sprayed glass 13×9″ baking dish, cut side down and seams facing in. Cover with plastic wrap (underside sprayed), and let rise in a warm place just until doubled, about 40 mins to 1 hour. (Do not over-rise or roll centers will begin to pop up, as they will rise a bit more during baking.)
Meanwhile, prepare frosting, using a hand mixer and a medium bowl; beat butter, cream cheese, vanilla and salt until blended; gradually beat in the sifted confectioners’ sugar until smooth, cover; set aside.
When rolls in baking dish have risen. Preheat oven to 400F.
Bake, uncovered, for 15 minutes, turning half way. Reduce heat to 300F and finish baking for 20 minutes until golden brown.
While hot, spread all the frosting evenly over roll tops. Finish cooling completely, uncovered in baking dish on a wire rack, until frosting has fully cooled and set. ~ Enjoy!

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Tip:


To quickly reheat, simply place a roll on a serving saucer and place in microwave on high for 20 seconds.


bookmark_borderSANDRA’S HOMEMADE CINNAMON-RAISIN SWIRL BREAD

A quick 5-minute no-knead dough to prepare the night before,
then easy to roll out and add swirl filling upon waking the next morning
to enjoy throughout the day…

Yield: (1 loaf)

O/N Prep: 5 Mins./Overnight rise time: 9 -12 hours
Next Morning Prep: Roll/Add Spiral Filling: 10 Mins.
2nd Rise 1 Hr.
Bake 35 to 40 Mins.
INGREDIENTS
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon active yeast (not rapid or instant)
1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1-1/2 cups slightly warm water (tepid)

–2 teaspoons Mazola oil
(For top and bottom of dough ball so it doesn’t stick or form crust while rising in bowl)
Swirl filling
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 cup raisins

Brushing top
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

METHOD
Add flour and sugar to a medium-size bowl. Add yeast and kosher salt and stir thoroughly. Add barely warm (tepid) water, then stir thoroughly. The dough will look rough and shaggy.
Lightly oil top of dough using a paper towel, then oil your hands (to prevent dough sticking to them); turn dough in the bowl so the whole ball of dough is slightly coated with the oil.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Throw a kitchen towel over top and underneath of bowl and set it in a warm corner. Leave it alone for 9-12 hours. (Save plastic wrap).

When risen, roll dough into a 8×12″ rectangle, sprinkle with ground cinnamon, then raisins. Use the rolling pin to roll these ingredients into dough by pressing across them.  Start at the short end of the dough rectangle and roll into a loaf, and pinch final rolled edge to seal.  Place loaf seam-side down into sprayed loaf pan.
Cover dough with same plastic wrap and let it rise for 1 hour.
About 15 minutes before the hour is up, preheat oven to 375F.

After the full hour, the dough will have risen and nearly doubled in size.

Use the tip of a sharp knife to score loaf top down the middle. Brush loaf with melted butter. Bake for 15 minutes, turn in oven, then bake for a final 20 – 25 minutes (until internal temp reaches 190F).

Remove bread from oven. Brush a final time with melted butter. Remove to a baking rack and wrap loaf in a clean kitchen towel to cool. Slice and serve! ~ Enjoy!


bookmark_borderSANDRA’S EASY NO-KNEAD DUTCH OVEN CARAWAY BREAD

REVISED RECIPE to make “CARAWAY BREAD,” as follows:

An easy 5-minute no-knead dough to prepare the night before,
then quick to prepare upon waking the next morning
to enjoy throughout the day…

Yields: (1 loaf)

Prep: 5 Mins.
Total rising time: 9 -12 hours
Bake 45 to 50 Mins.
INGREDIENTS
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon active yeast (not rapid or instant)
1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1-1/2 cups slightly warm water (tepid)
1-1/2 tablespoons caraway seeds
–2 teaspoons olive oil
(For top and bottom of dough ball so it doesn’t stick or form crust while rising)
–Dutch oven (should be at least 4 quarts in size) with its lid.
Note: (Do not oil Dutch Oven, bread will not stick while baking).
METHOD
Add flour to bowl. Add yeast and sea salt and stir thoroughly. Add barely warm (tepid) water and caraway seeds, then stir thoroughly. The dough will look rough and shaggy.
Lightly oil top of dough using a paper towel, then oil your hands (to prevent dough sticking to them); turn dough in the bowl and do so on this side so the whole ball of dough is slightly coated with the oil.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Throw a kitchen towel over top and underneath of bowl and set it in a warm corner. Leave it alone for 9-12 hours. (Save plastic wrap).
When risen, in the bowl, fold dough over on itself at 3 times, then reform into ball. Using a bit more olive oil on hands and bowl, if need be, to prevent sticking.
Cover dough with same plastic wrap and let it sit for 1 hour.
About 20 minutes before the hour is up, turn on oven to preheat at 450 degrees. Place an oven-safe Dutch Oven in oven to preheat at the same time as well.


Note: When removing Dutch Oven lid/pot from hot oven, 
be sure to do so using heavy pot holders, 
to a baking rack or stove top ‘cold burner’ 
as they will be hot enough to scorch standard kitchen towels.
After the full hour, the dough will have risen and nearly doubled in size. Quickly shape the dough into a round ball and drop it into the preheated Dutch Oven (be careful because it’s really, really hot). Slash an ‘X’ on top of the dough with the tip of a sharp knife that’s been sprayed w/oil. Place lid on hot Dutch Oven and carefully place in oven and bake for 30 minutes.
Remove lid from the Dutch Oven and bake for an additional 15 to 20 minutes, until crust is golden. Bread is done when an instant-read thermometer inserted in center reads 190 degrees.

Remove bread from oven, and lift loaf out to cool on a baking rack.. To keep warm for serving, wrap loaf in a clean kitchen towel. Slice and serve! ~ Enjoy!

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Tips: 

This bread is quite forgiving and can be left to rise from 9 to 12 hours, although the longer you let rise the more yeast flavor you’ll end up with.