These rolls are good for busy mornings--let them stand 30 minutes, then bake 20 minutes. Make in disposable foil pans for easy gift-giving, and present the glaze in a small jar or zip-top plastic bag with these instructions: Microwave at HIGH 15 to 30 seconds, stir or knead until smooth, and drizzle over warm rolls.
1 package dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
1/4 cup warm water (100° to 110°)
1/2 cup fat-free milk
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg, lightly beaten
3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons fat-free milk
How to Make It
Dissolve yeast in warm water in a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Stir in 1/2 cup milk and next 5 ingredients (1/2 cup milk through egg). Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Add 3 1/2 cups flour to yeast mixture; stir until blended. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes); add enough of the remaining flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands (dough will feel sticky).
Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in size. (Gently press two fingers into dough. If indentation remains, dough has risen enough.) Punch dough down; cover and let rest 5 minutes.
To prepare filling, combine brown sugar, raisins, dried apricots, chopped pecans, and cinnamon.
Roll the dough into an 18 x 10-inch rectangle on a floured surface. Brush 2 tablespoons melted butter over dough; sprinkle with 1 1/2 cups filling, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Beginning with a long side, roll up jelly-roll fashion, and pinch seam to seal (do not seal ends of roll).
Place a long piece of dental floss under dough 3/4 inch from end of roll. Cross ends of floss over top of roll; slowly pull ends to cut through dough. Repeat procedure to make 24 rolls. Coat 2 (9-inch) square foil baking pans with cooking spray. Sprinkle 1/2 cup filling into bottom of each pan. Place 12 rolls, cut sides up, in each pan. Cover and let rise 1 1/2 hours or until doubled in size.
Preheat oven to 350°.
Uncover rolls. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until browned. Invert onto a serving platter.
To prepare glaze, combine powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons milk, stirring until smooth. Drizzle over warm rolls.
To Freeze Unbaked Rolls: Prepare recipe through cutting the dough into 24 rolls, placing in pans, and letting rise until doubled in size. Cover with plastic wrap. Wrap tightly with heavy-duty foil. Store in freezer up to 2 months.
To Prepare Frozen Unbaked Rolls: Remove rolls from freezer, and let stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Uncover and bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until browned.
Yum - I made these as is and divided them into a couple of pans to freeze some for another time. They were very tasty, but my guys and I prefer the Pecan Sticky Rolls (Sept. 2008 CL) over these. I will probably make a batch of those but use the directions here for freezing unbaked rolls - handy!
Excellent. So easy and they bake-up really well. I have saved this recipe to make Christmas presents for neighbors. I will give them frozen and the recipient can bake when they want to. I made no changes to the recipe.
These are delicious!
I made the dough in my bread-maker, added the wet ingredients first, then put the flour and yeast on top and set the machine to "dough" cycle. Once the dough was ready, I made the buns exactly as written (omitting the apricots since I didn't have any).
These are delicious! I can't wait to eat the ones I put in the freezer.