The Thanksgiving Collection
How you doin’? Warm cinnamon rolls are the perfect breakfast food, evening dessert and the best thing ever about the county fair. Why else does anyone bother to go to the fair if not for the cinnamon rolls? I can live for weeks on the aroma alone, but thankfully I don’t have to.
My Chocolate-Caramel Cinnamon Rolls recipe is off the hook in decadence and perfect for your Thanksgiving weekend brunches. Just when you thought nothing could beat an ordinary cinnamon roll, I go and add cocoa and chocolate. This recipe will guide your taste buds to a higher level of Zen—or something like the best kind of guilty pleasures.
The first cinnamon rolls were baked in Sweden where October 4th is known as National Cinnamon Roll Day (we celebrate it here on the same date). In Sweden cinnamon rolls are social institutions that should never be missed, according to www.communityofsweden.com . They are commonly enjoyed during FIKA, a get-together with family and friends.
Prep Time: 2 hours
First Proof time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Second Proof time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Bake Time: 30 to 35 minutes
Yield: 15 Servings
For the rolls
3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup granulated sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 packages quick acting dry yeast
1 cup warm milk (110⁰ F)
1/3 cup unsalted butter softened
1 large egg
For the topping
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup dark corn syrup (I prefer Karo)
3/4 cup lightly toasted pecan halves
2 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
For the rolls
Quip of the Day: “Do you remember when one person’s achievements were considered to be an inspiration, not a grievance?”
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