Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Cran-Raspberry Sweet Rolls with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
This week I looked in my fridge and tried to decide what to do with all my left over cranberry sauce from thanksgiving. Many ideas popped into mind but when I saw the yeast I decided Sweet Rolls was the way to go. They turned out fantastic and were devoured within an hour. I had never tried using extracts in dough before for enhanced flavor and I am so glad I did. The extra hint of lemon really made these rolls scrumptious!
Cran-Raspberry Sweet Rolls
1 1/4 ounce package quick rise yeast
1 cup warm milk (around 110 f)
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter melted
1 tsp salt
1 tsp lemon extract
4 cups flour
1/2 cup cranberry sauce & 1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam mixed together
* use more if you want them extra gooey!
Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
8 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cup butter
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp lemon extract
Dissolve the yeast in the warm milk in a large bowl until bubbly, about 5 minutes. Mix sugar, eggs, butter, salt, and extract in small bowl with a spatula then pour into the bowl with the yeast and milk and mix well. Mix in flour one cup at a time until well incorporated and it forms a smooth ball. Place dough in a greased bowl and let rise somewhere warm until double in size, around an hour. On a floured surface roll dough into a 16 by 21 inch rectangle and spread filling over the surface leaving an inch along each side of the 21 inch sides uncovered. Carefully roll dough from the 21 inch side and then slice into 12 equal slices. Place in a 9 X 13 pyrex sprayed with cooking spray. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise again until double in size, about an hour. Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes or until tops are brown and rolls bounce back when touched. While rolls are baking mix all of the frosting ingredients with a hand mixer until smooth. When the rolls are done cover them with frosting and enjoy!
Sometimes in my house finding a warm place for the rolls to rise is tricky so I have resorted to using the dryer! When a fresh load of laundry comes out and the dryer is still warm I simply place the drying rack inside and place the rolls there to rise. Keeps curious fingers out of them not to mention our sneaky dog and they rise quickly!