Friday, February 25, 2011

White chocolate and ginger cinnamon rolls

Because Lindsay said so.

1/2 c skim milk powder
1 c water
2 T butter
1/3 c dark corn syrup
1 egg
3 c white flour (plus more for dusting)
1/2 c wheat flour
2 t yeast
1 t cardamom
1 t salt

Microwave together milk powder, water, 2 T butter, and corn syrup until the butter is melted (2 x 40 sec, stirring in between and afterward). Stir in the egg. Put the dry ingredients in the kitchenaid, add the wet ingredients, and stir/knead with the dough hook until everything is well incorporated. (As I often find with the kitchenaid, this involved a fair bit of scraping down of sides, making the kitchenaid seem not entirely worth it.) Dump some more flour on a surface (I used 1/2 c more) and knead by hand until the extra flour is mostly incorporated. Put in a spray-greased bowl and let rise until doubled.

6 T butter, softened
a few handfuls brown sugar (sorry didn't measure)
1 T cinnamon
10 cubes crystallized ginger, minced

Brush some butter in two 8-9" glass pans, and sprinkle with some brown sugar--this will make tasty caramelly bottoms to the rolls. Roll out the dough on a barely floured surface until ~10" wide, maybe half a cm thick, and as long as it gets. Brush with the rest of the butter, cover with brown sugar, and sprinkle on the cinnamon and ginger. Roll one long side toward the other, cut into 1" slices, and place in the prepared pans. Cover the pans tightly with greased plastic wrap or greased plastic bags and stick in the fridge overnight.

1/4 c white chocolate chips
1/4 c milk
3/4 c (12 T) powdered sugar

In the morning, get the rolls out of the fridge as soon as you can get yourself up, then go back to bed for a bit. When you're a bit more ready to be up, preheat the oven to 375F. Bake for 23 min, switching racks halfway through. Meanwhile, make the glaze by microwaving the chips and milk for 30 sec, stirring until smooth, then stirring in powdered sugar a couple tablespoons at a time. Let the cinnamon rolls cool, then drizzle with glaze and enjoy! Not too bad for a Friday morning. Also, take pictures with my new smartphone :)

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