Monday, January 24, 2011

Brilliant Brunch: Banana Cinnamon Rolls

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I am a huge breakfast lover.  In fact, no matter what time I wake up, I crave breakfast food.  I could even eat breakfast for dinner (which was always one of my favorite mom meals).  But, these cinnamon rolls really take the cake for me.  It's coming up to Pillsbury Bake-Off entry time.  And that means there will soon be lots of experimenting with refrigerated dough.  To get us started on the right foot, I twisted the usual cinnamon roll recipe to include bananas, and then put a cream cheese-caramel sauce over the top.  It was a breakfast-edition of banana fosters cinnamon rolls.

They were really enjoyable, but, I must say, I thought the dough was too light on the sugar.  The next time I made these, I upped the sugar, and it seemed to work out a lot better.  Also, keep an eye on them in your oven.  They go from good to DONE in just minutes, it felt like.  A softer cinnamon roll might have made the dough taste better!
Banana Cinnamon Rolls
Serves:  16 cinnamon rolls (8 people)
Dough:
4 1/2 cups bread flour
1 Tbsp instant yeast
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (about 3)
Filling:
1 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon cinnmon
4 tablespoons butter, melted
Topping:
3 tablespoons  light brown sugar
5 tablespoons butter
4  ounces  cream cheese, softened
1/2  teaspoon  vanilla extract
3/4  cups  powdered sugar

Mix the flour, yeast, cinnamon, and sugar in a food processor. Lightly beat the eggs and whisk in the banana and butter (I used my new immersion blender for that part!!).  On low speed, gradually add the banana mixture to the dry ingredients. Continue mixing on medium-low until the dough is fully combined and elastic, about 8-10 minutes. The dough should be soft, but not too sticky.

Then, remove the dough, clean and oil the food processor.  Place the dough back in the bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let the dough rise until it has doubled in volume, about 1 1/2 hours.

Meanwhile, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon well.  Set aside. 

Also, while dough rises, make the caramel cream cheese frosting.  Melt brown sugar and half of the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil over medium heat.  Then, remove the mixture from the heat and transfer the whole mixture to a large bowl. Cool at room temperature, stirring occasionally.  Place remaining butter and cream cheese in a large bowl. Beat together until smooth. Beat in vanilla. Slowly pour in cooled brown sugar mixture, beating constantly. Add powdered sugar gradually, beating well after each addition until completely smooth. Let chill.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  When the dough has risen, roll it out to a 12x18" rectangle.  Brush the rectangle with butter, leaving a 1/2 inch border.  Then, sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture over the dough, pressing in with your fingers.  Make sure you press in hard, otherwise, the filling will slowly fall out.  Roll the dough up starting with the long edge, that should be facing you.  Then, cut the log into 12 even pieces.  Place them into a 9x13 baking sheet (they will expand together as shown above).  Bake in the preheated oven about 20 minutes, until the buns are light brown.  Remove and drizzle with caramel sauce.  Serve warm.

To be honest, although I loved the sauce, a regular, store-bought caramel sauce would have worked just as well, especially one of those caramel "dips".  That would shave a lot of time off this recipe, and a few extra steps.

I know this was a pretty intricate recipe; I promise Wednesday a bit of an easier dish.

Until the next time my oven is on...

16 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog and I have to return the favor as I always enjoy reading yours as well. Oh, PBO time, I have eaten so much of their dough already that I look like the Dough Boy, literally. Good luck with your entries and I hope to see you in Orlando! Wouldn't that be fun!!!

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