Friday, June 6, 2014

Blackberry Nutmeg Rolls with Dreamsicle Whipped Cream!

I came up with this quirky take on a traditional cinnamon roll because I wanted to offer a tasty fun pastry that would be great for breakfast or dessert! Another great thing about this recipe is that the dough base can be used for many different types of pastry recipes.  

I hope you enjoy the sweet and tangy flavors in the roll combined with the flavors of the Dreamsicle-inspired whipped cream topping, Let us know what you think 

What you’ll need…

1/4  oz of Yeast                 1 tsp Salt

1/2  Cup Warm Water       1 Large Egg

1/2 Cup Scalded Milk       4 Cups Flour

1/3 Cup Melted Butter    1/4 Cup + 1/2 tsp Sugar

In a bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water (no hotter than 110 degrees).  Add ½ teaspoon of sugar to the yeast and warm water. Set aside until the mixture becomes foamy and expands to almost double the original size. This should take about 10-15 minutes.

 While you’re waiting for the yeast to foam, it’s time to scald some milk!

   In a saucepan on medium-low heat, stir milk constantly until small bubbles start to form along the sides of the pan.  Don’t allow mixture to boil.  Remove from heat.
In a mixing bowl, combine the milk, sugar, butter, salt, and egg Mix well.  
 Add in two cups of flour and continue mixing until it has a smooth texture
 Pour the yeast mixture into the dough and mix until fully combined. 
 Add the remaining flour and mix until the dough is easy to handle.  Knead dough for 5 to 10 minutes to be sure that the flour is completely mixed in.

 Place dough in a large greased bowl, cover, and let rise for one hour.  It should almost double in size.  We’ll let this hang out and come back to it in a bit!

While we're waiting, let's make the...

Blackberry Filling:

12oz Blackberries
2 tbsp Sugar
2 tsp Nutmeg

In a medium bowl, slice the blackberries into quarters then add the sugar and nutmeg.

Toss mixture until the blackberries, sugar, and nutmeg are fully combined. Set aside until needed.
Once the dough has risen, then it's ready to be prepared for the filling.Roll out the dough on a clean and lightly- floured surface until it is about the size of a 13x9 pan. 
 Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Melt approximately 2 tablespoons of butter.  With a pastry brush, spread the melted butter evenly across the rolled-out dough.
Now it’s time to spread the berry filling over the dough. The last time I made a batch of these, I also lightly sprinkled a little more sugar across the top of the filling.

 Prepare an 8x11 pan by greasing it and pouring any leftover melted butter on the bottom of the pan.  Lightly sprinkle some additional sugar and nutmeg in the pan as well.
 Now roll up the dough in a pinwheel style.  Once completely rolled, slice into pieces about  3" - 4" wide and place flat side down into prepared pan.  Continue until all rolls are placed in the pan.  They should be lightly touching so they will have room to rise as they bake.
Bake for 30 minutes or until the top is a nice golden brown.

Allow to cool for about five minutes before removing to a serving dish.
Now you’re ready to make the whipped cream topping.

Dreamsicle Whipped Cream:

¾ Cup Heavy Whipping Cream

1 tbsp Powdered Sugar

2 tsp Orange Extract

     One of the easiest and best ways to make this is to use a metal bowl that has been in the freezer for about ten minutes so it is nice and cold.

      Pour the whipping cream into the chilled bowl and whip with a mixer on high until thick, fluffy peaks form.

  Whip in the powdered sugar and orange's that easy!  Top a blackberry roll with some of the whipped cream and enjoy!


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