Hello everyone! The weekend is just around the corner, and some of you may have the time to do some baking.
A few weeks ago I was at the Georgia Mall in the USA. When I was there I visited “River street sweet” and had some amazing pralines. Praline is a confection made from caramel covered nuts.
Some days later I went to Nashville where I had an apple which was covered in caramel and sprinkled with chopped pecans… Going to cafés or shops often inspires me, and if I’m taking the bag or napkin with me I can think back, think about the flavors and then create a recipe with the same flavors.
I have missed baking buns, it’s been a while, and when I saw this bag from “River street sweets” from the Georgia Mall I decided to make sweet rolls with apples, caramel and pecans…
Here is the result! The people who got to taste these rolls just couldn’t resist having a second helping…
I hope you’ll be tempted, too.
Southern Sweet Rolls: (yield: approx. 18)
- 3 1/4 cup (400 g) all-purpose flour
- 4 tablespoons (35 g) powdered milk
- 1/4 cup (50 g) regular sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 3/4 oz. (50 g) fresh yeast
- 1/4 cup (50 ml) tepid water
- 3 large eggs + 1 egg yolk (use the leftover egg white to brush the buns before baking)
- 2/3 cup (150 g) butter
- 3 1/2 oz. (100 g) pecans
- 2-3 apples, diced
- 1 quantity caramel sauce
Preheat the oven to 350 ˚F (180 ˚C).
I use milk powder in several of my recipes, you can get it in most supermarkets. I use Nestlé milk powder.
Put all the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl.
Dissolve the yeast in the tepid water and add it to the flour mixture.
Stir in the egg and butter.
Use the dough hook attachment and mix for about 20 minutes, medium speed.
The dough may seem too sticky at first, but after 20 minutes it will be soft and smooth
Leave to rise for about 45 minutes, room temperature.
Tip out on a floured surface.
Using a rolling pin, press down to flatten the dough slightly. Don’t press too hard, you want to keep the fluffyness.
Now you’ll need caramel sauce, you can find the recipe here. Cool for 5 minutes.
You’ll also need 2-3 apples, diced, and some pecans.
Put the apples, nuts and half of the caramel sauce into a bowl and stir until well blended. (Reserve the rest of the caramael until after baking.)
Spread the mixture over the dough, then roll up like a Swiss roll.
Cut into about 18 slices and arrange on a lined baking tray.
Bake in the preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes, using the fan setting.
Drizzle over some of the leftover caramel after baking, if you like…
I just love the crunch of the pecans, the juicy apples and the deliciously soft bun…
I hope you are tempted to try baking these sweet rolls, I wish you all a nice weekend.
Hugs from me to you.
Love Manuela xo