Praline Chocolate Sweet Rolls

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Breakfast, Chocolate | October 15, 2017 | By

Fall is here and I’m so pumped. Bring on the seasons of holidays and baking and big feasts, I’m in. 

I’m back in the kitchen after a few weeks of a break after I finished up and sent in all the recipes and other work for my upcoming book! After cramming in the last few recipes at the end there, I needed a little break from baking. 

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But now, fall has hit me and I’m so ready. I’m starting out this season with these Praline Chocolate Sweet Rolls, and omg, what a start.  These rolls are layered in flavor all throughout, and you’ll love all the bold, unique tastes wrapped up together into a big ‘ol fluffy, soft bun. 

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These babies start with homemade praline candies, sweet and crunchy. You’ll need a candy thermometer to get these right since the temperature is so important. Sugars, butter, milk, bourbon and more will bubble away until they reach the soft ball stage, and you’ll scoop it out and let it cool. 

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The remaining filling is made of softened butter, dark cocoa powder, brown sugar, and cinnamon, smashed together into a paste. You’ll spread it over the fluffy, light dough, sprinkle on chopped pralines, and roll it all up like a present. 

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The best sweet rolls are generously covered in smooth frosting. I honestly get bummed out when I buy a roll somewhere and they skimp on the frosting. We all love it, why the heck aren’t we ALWAYS covering rolls in frosting? Listen, we’re already splurging on a sweet roll, we do not need to save the calories. 

These rolls are truly over the top, and they’re worth every step. Don’t wait, make ’em today. 

Praline Chocolate Sweet Rolls

Ingredients

  • For the praline:
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tbs. bourbon
  • 6 tbs. butter
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 cups roughly chopped pecans
  • For the dough:
  • 1 1/2 tbs. active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110-112 degrees)
  • 2 tbs. sugar
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbs. canola oil
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 5 cups bread flour
  • For the filling:
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 2 tbs. dark cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tbs. cinnamon
  • For the frosting:
  • 1 8oz. package of cream cheese, softened
  • 4 tbs. softened butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tbs. milk

Instructions

  • For the praline:
  • Lay out two pieces of parchment paper on your counter, and have a small cookie scoop or a spoon ready to go.
  • In a medium pan, use a wooden spoon to stir together all of the ingredients over high heat. Once the mixture has started to boil.
  • Place your candy thermometer into the pan, and turn the heat down to medium-high.
  • Continue to stir the mixture constantly until it reaches the soft ball stage, or 240 degrees.
  • Remove from heat, and stir for about 1 minute, until it just begins to thicken.
  • Working quickly, use your scoop or spoon to scoop the praline onto your parchment paper. Let these cool completely and then roughly chop. Set aside.
  • For the dough:
  • Mix together the yeast, warm water, and sugar. Let this sit for 5 minutes until the yeast has bloomed.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat together the whole milk, 1 cup of water, canola oil, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt until about 120 degrees.
  • Pour the milk mixture into a stand mixture, or a large bowl. Add in 4 cups of flour to start, and beat together until combined.
  • Add in the yeast mixture, and beat together for several minutes. You will have a lumpy, very wet mixture at this point.
  • Add in another 1/2 cup of flour, and beat together. Continue slowly adding flour until dough leaves the sides of the bowl, and is no longer sticky.
  • Then, pull the dough out onto a floured surface and gently knead in a little more flour until it's smooth.
  • Place the dough into a lightly oiled bowl, and cover with plastic wrap. Let the dough rise for 30-35 minutes for the first round, until doubled in size.
  • After the first rise, punch down the dough, and knead on a floured surface once or twice. Place the dough back in the bowl, cover, and let it rise again for about 20-25 minutes this time, until risen by about 1/3.
  • For the filling:
  • Stir together the softened butter, cocoa powder, brown sugar, and cinnamon until a paste forms.
  • Roll out the dough to a large rectangle, about 20 inches by 12 inches.
  • Spread the filling evenly over the entire rectangle. The dough will be soft, so this will take some working.
  • Sprinkle the chopped pralines evenly over the top.
  • Roll the dough, starting on the longer end, until it has formed a log.
  • Slice off the uneven edges of the log first. Then cut the dough in half, and in a half again, until you reach 16 rolls.
  • Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a non-stick sheet, and evenly arrange the rolls on it.
  • Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees, and allow the rolls to rise while it preheats, about 15 minutes.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the rolls are golden brown.
  • For the frosting:
  • In a medium bowl, beat together the cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar.
  • Add in the vanilla extract and milk, and beat together until smooth.
  • Scoop the icing onto the warm rolls, and spread. Enjoy!
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Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Rolls

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Cinnamon rolls.

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Today we’re talking about an easy step to cinnamon roll making that makes ’em next level. Because if you’re going to trouble yourself to make homemade cinnamon rolls, let’s make them the best ones ever. It’s chocolate chips, in case you hadn’t guessed. 

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I used mini chips, because I really wanted them to blend in with the classic cinnamon filling. It’s not overloaded with chips, but just enough to add that sweet note of chocolate. 

Cinnamon rolls aren’t the easiest thing to make, especially at an altitude. If you’re up high someplace like me, the rising times and baking information should be perfect. If you are at sea-level, you’ll need more time for rising, and you should bake your rolls at a slightly higher temperature. 

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What I’ve found with bread recipes and rising dough is that you want to pay more attention to the dough itself than your given rising times. Sometimes if it’s humid in my house, the dough takes like, half the time to rise. So, here’s your reference for this recipe- on the first rise, you want the dough to double in size. On the second rise, you want the dough to rise around 1/3. And finally, your last rise should be fairly short, only about 1/4 size increase. 

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Working with yeast breads doesn’t have to be hard, and the results always make me feel like a champ. Make sure you’ve got fresh yeast, and be sure to use a thermometer- don’t just guess on the temperature to bloom your yeast. After that, it’s easy!

Enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients

  • Dough:
  • 2 packages active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (100-110 degrees)
  • 2 tbs. sugar
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbs. canola oil
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 5 cups (to 5 1/2 cups) bread flour
  • Filling:
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 1/2 tbs. cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • Frosting:
  • 4 oz. softened cream cheese
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tbs. milk

Instructions

  • Mix together the yeast, warm water, and sugar. Let this sit for 5 minutes until the yeast has bloomed.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat together the whole milk, 1 cup of water, canola oil, and salt until about 120 degrees.
  • Pour the milk mixture into a stand mixture, or a large bowl. Add in 4 cups of flour to start, and beat together until combined.
  • Add in the yeast mixture, and beat together for several minutes. You will have a lumpy, very wet mixture at this point.
  • Add in another 1/2 cup of flour, and beat together. Continue slowly adding flour until dough leaves the sides of the bowl, and is no longer sticky.
  • Then, pull the dough out onto a floured surface and gently knead in a little more flour until it's smooth.
  • Place the dough into a lightly oiled bowl, and cover with plastic wrap. Let the dough rise for 50-55 minutes for the first round.
  • After the first rise, punch down the dough, and knead on a floured surface once or twice. Place the dough back in the bowl, cover, and let it rise again for about 40-45 minutes this time.
  • Meanwhile, mix the brown sugar and cinnamon together for the filling.
  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  • Roll out the dough into a large rectangle, and spread the filling butter evenly across the entire thing. Then sprinkle the brown sugar mixture over the top, and pat down into the dough. Sprinkle your mini chips across the dough.
  • Roll up the dough tightly, and slice into 15-18 rolls.
  • Place your rolls in a greased sheet pan, and let rise for another 15 minutes or so.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until rolls are golden brown.
  • For the frosting, mix everything together until smooth. Smear over each roll after cooling for about 15 minutes.
  • Enjoy!
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Double Blueberry Loaf Cake

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Let’s talk about blueberries, and pie fillings, and cake, and putting it all together!

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I’m not a huge fan of blueberries on their own, but when baked into something, they are truly amazing. We all know and love the classic blueberry muffin, and this is a variation on that! Loaf cakes are just so easy- you can just slice them as your family eats it, and this is a simple single loaf recipe. I don’t know about you, but when I look at a recipe that yields like 3 loaves or 75 cupcakes, I just can’t deal. God knows we don’t need that much in one household. 

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Honestly, if you can make a loaf instead of muffins, it’s just easier. It takes longer to bake, but you don’t have to do all the scooping and batch baking. Sometimes you just don’t feel like it- I get that. This is a low-maintenance recipe overall, very few dishes involved. 

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I used a homemade blueberry pie filling, but you can use canned just the same. I made a birthday cake earlier in the week that was topped with blueberry sauce, so I thought I’d use up some of the leftovers. Use the extras to top off some pancakes this weekend!

 

Homemade pie filling is super simple- just cook your blueberries with some sugar until boiling, and stir in a cornstarch slurry to thicken it up! It’s perfect in a pie, and on pancakes or waffles. Store it in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks and enjoy.

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This recipe uses fresh blueberries along with the pie filling, which gives you a really beautiful texture and flavor throughout the cake. I sprinkled some coarse sugar on top for a little extra crunch, but the cake is totally fantastic even without that. 

So. No liners, no scooping, one single bake. Just slice and enjoy!

Double Blueberry Loaf Cake

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup self-rising flour
  • 1/4 all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbs. heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 2 tsp. all purpose flour
  • 3-4 tbs. blueberry pie filling
  • 2 tbs. coarse sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and grease a loaf pan.
  • Beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add in the eggs and sour cream and beat until combined.
  • Add in the self-rising flour, all purpose flour, and salt. Mix until combined- it will be thick.
  • Beat in the heavy cream.
  • Toss your fresh blueberries with the 2 tsps. of flour until coated, and then fold into the batter.
  • Spread about half the batter into your pan. Then take 1-2 tbs. of the blueberry pie filling and swirl it into your batter.
  • Spread the remaining batter over the top, and drop the remaining pie filling, and swirl.
  • Sprinkle the top with sugar.
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool completely before removing the pan
  • Enjoy!
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Perfect Pound Cake

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I’ve just had a really wonderful birthday, and one of the best things I got this year was a couple of new stunning bundt pans, like the one I used to make this fantastic pound cake. So, you can expect to see some pretty cakes coming up on the blog in the next few weeks!

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Pound cake is perfection. It goes perfectly with any topping, in any trifle or parfait, or all alone. The term pound cake, as you probably know, comes from original recipes that used one pound of each ingredient. Today however, and particularly at a high altitude, this is not how we make it. 

 

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It’s a sturdy and yet soft cake, overall more dense than a normal birthday cake or sponge style cake. This means that it holds up well to cutting, decorating, and even stacking if you wanted to bake the batter in a normal cake pan. 

This version has a light lemony flavor and a hint of almond in addition to the traditional vanilla. It’s a great recipe to add blueberries to, poppy seeds, or another flavoring before you bake as well. 

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I’ve actually had very little success at baking pound cake at my Denver altitude, and this recipe is adapted from the CU Boulder recipe in High Altitude Baking, 2nd Edition. Seriously, its the best pound cake ever, and it’s very easy. I’ve previously made many pound cakes that involved like 8 eggs and 10 cups of flour. This is MUCH more manageable. 

Enjoy!

Perfect Pound Cake

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 4 eggs (plus enough milk to make 1 cup)
  • 1 1/2 sticks softened butter
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 tbs. lemon zest

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and grease a 10 cup bundt pan.
  • In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  • Crack the eggs into a measuring cup, and add enough milk to make 1 cup total. Then whisk together.
  • Beat the egg mixture and the butter into the flour mixture, and mix for 2 minutes on medium speed.
  • Then, add in the remaining milk, vanilla, almond, and lemon zest. Beat for 3 minutes on medium speed.
  • The mixture will look fully mixed before the 3 minutes are up, but continue for the entire time.
  • Pour into your greased pan, and bake for 60 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean.
  • Cool completely, and turn the cake out. Enjoy!
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Fresh Bread and Pesto Garlic Butter

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Fresh baked bread is maybe the best thing you can do. Your whole house is going to smell AMAZING, I promise, and you can enjoy it with super yummy butters, like this garlic pesto version. 

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This is a high altitude recipe, so if you’re making this at sea level, you’ll want to decrease the liquid by about 1/4 cup, and let your dough rise for 15-20 minutes longer on each rise. 

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On another note, if you’ve ever tried to make bread at a high altitude, you’ve probably been unhappy with the results. In my case, I almost always ended up with a very dense, heavy, and overly chewy end product that was… not good basically. In high altitudes, the rising times are a huge factor, so pay close attention to each rise for your dough!

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Eating bread thats still warm from the oven is one of the better things in life, and this recipe is an easy one. Bake bread today. Tomorrow. And everyday. (JK, that’s just a dream of mine). 

I also made mine with a honey cinnamon butter, which is fantastic too!

Enjoy!

 

Fresh Bread and Pesto Garlic Butter

Ingredients

  • For the bread:
  • 4 1/2 tsp. active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (100-110 degrees)
  • 2 tbs. sugar
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbs. canola oil
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 5 cups (to 5 1/2 cups) bread flour
  • 2 tbs. milk
  • For the butter:
  • 2 sticks softened butter
  • 2 tbs pesto of your choice
  • 1 tbs. roasted garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper

Instructions

  • For the bread:
  • Mix together the yeast, warm water, and sugar. Let this sit for 5 minutes until the yeast has bloomed.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat together the whole milk, water, canola oil, and salt until about 120 degrees.
  • Pour the milk mixture into a stand mixture, or a large bowl. Add in 4 cups of flour to start, and beat together until combined.
  • Add in the yeast mixture, and beat together for several minutes. You will have a lumpy, very wet mixture at this point.
  • Add in another 1/2 cup of flour, and beat together. Continue slowly adding flour until dough leaves the sides of the bowl, and is no longer sticky.
  • Then, pull the dough out onto a floured surface and gently knead in a little more flour until it's smooth.
  • Place the dough into a lightly oiled bowl, and cover with plastic wrap. Let the dough rise for 50-55 minutes for the first round.
  • After the first rise, punch down the dough, and knead on a floured surface once or twice. Place the dough back in the bowl, cover, and let it rise again for about 40-45 minutes this time.
  • Once the dough has risen a second time, pat the dough into a large rectangle, and roll it into a log. Pinch the seam closed, and then pull the dough into a ring, and pinch that seam closed
  • Place into a lightly greased tube pan and cover with plastic wrap. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  • Let your dough rise again for a final 20 minutes while your oven preheats. Then, brush the top with milk.
  • Bake for 15 minutes and then reduce the temperature to 375 degrees. Continue baking for 30 minutes, or until golden. The inside temp of the bread should be 190-195 degrees.
  • Remove from the pan immediately and cool on a wire rack.
  • Enjoy!
  • For the butter:
  • Mix everything together with a hand mixer or stand mixer until the mixture is light and fluffy. Store in a small container or mason jar in the fridge!
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