Recipe & Photos: Rick Beach
Sweet Dough Recipe (Makes 24 or a Double batch)
You can bake all or Refrigerate or Freeze half this batch)
Or cut this recipe in half
For this Double batch you need (2) 11x15 glass baking dishes or (2) 12 inch Dutch Ovens
Bring egg to room temperature by placing it in a bowl of warm water while getting ingredients together.
Never mix your salt & yeast together in the liquids. Doing so will kill your yeast.
In its own large bowl whisk together 4 of the 4 1/2 Cups of Flour and the salt. Set this Flour and salt mix aside. (Reserve the 1/2 cup of plain flour)
In a second bowl add the Warm Milk. The non-technical way of checking the temperature is to test on your wrist. Make it baby bottle warm. If you are the type that needs to use a thermometer the temperature should be on the yeast container, or you can find it on line. Many places state 110-115°F. Whisk Warm Milk, Agave, and Yeast together. Allow that is sit about 10-15 minutes to let the yeast "bloom".
Next crack the room temperature warmed raw egg into a third bowl and whisk well. Once well whisked, slowly pour the whisked egg into the Milk, Agave, Yeast mixture while whisking it in.
Lastly whisk the melted butter into the Milk mixture.
In a large bowl mix half the flour salt mix with the entire warmed milk yeast mixture. At this point you can use an electric mixer to help the dough along. This will be thin enough since only half the flour mixture is being blended in this step. You can also use the old fashion way of mixing it in the bowl by hand. A Kitchenaid with a dough hook is even better.
Or a Bread machine with the "Dough only option" could be used.
Using a bread machine you could set it to "Dough" and "Quick Bread" (since we are using rapid rise yeast) and dump all the Flour/Salt mix, and the mixed liquids together, turn the machine on, and walk away. Most machines that have a program cycle for quick dough will produce the dough in about 45 minutes. Complete with the first "raise". Ready to roll out and add the filling. Then raise the 2nd time.
For those using a more traditional methods read on.
Once the really thin mixture (Half the flour salt and all the liquids) have been mixed, slowly start adding the remaining flour/salt mix Toward the end, use that reserves ½ cup of the flour and adjust dough to proper consistency.
Kneading the Dough
Turn out on a floured board and knead and fold until proper dough consistency. Not sticky. And not dry and stiff. But stretchy and beginning to show signs of air bubbles. Some describe it as soft as a baby's bare bottom. The dough in this stage needs to be very well kneaded. It takes some time and work if doing it by hand.
Coat the well kneaded dough lightly with oil or butter (Pam or spray cooking oil is easiest), place in large warm raising bowl (a warmed heavy/thick glass or ceramic bowl works best). Cover the bowl with a towel or plastic wrap. Keep in a warm place for about 45 minutes. Dough should double. Punch down.
Adding the Sugar & Cinnamon Filling
Cut dough in half and work one half of the dough at a time to make rolls. On a floured board roll out dough, or work it by hand to about ¼ - ½ inch thick, in a rectangle about 16X20 inches. Spread with half the soft butter. Sprinkle with half the dough filling sugar mixture. Roll the dough up long ways so you have a log 20 inches long. Pinch the seam the length of the log. Slice across the log to make 12 equally wide rolls. Place the rolls in a warmed greased 11x15 baking dish. Or a greased warmed 12 inch Dutch Oven. Remember this is a double batch so you will need two baking dishes or two Dutch Ovens. Spray the tops lightly with Pam or other spray cooking oil.
Second "Rise"Cover and keep in warm area for about 45-60 minutes or until doubled.
Preheat oven to 350° and Bake for 15-20 minutes are until slightly golden brown on the top. Properly baked they are soft but not under cooked and doughy. With a Dutch Oven and coals for 350° start checking them at 15 minutes, and then every 5 minutes until done.
Mix up the icing while the rolls are baking. Let rolls cool slightly, but while still warm spread half the mixture over each half batch of rolls.
Note: 2/3 Cups of Pumpkin is half of a 15 oz can of canned Pumpkin. So instead of wasting a partial can, plan on making a double batch (2 Rolls). The recipe above is for a single batch (1 Roll).
Heat Oven to 350°F. Prepare a greased 10x15 jelly roll pan (cookie sheet). Line the bottom with wax paper, then lightly spray the wax paper with a spray oil such as Pam.
Lay out on your counter, a thin towel, sized at least the size of your jelly roll pan. Sprinkle it liberally with powdered sugar.
In a large bowl lightly beat the eggs. Gradually beat in the sugar, beat until thick and light yellow. (4 to 5 minutes of beating). Add the pumpkin and lemon juice and beat on low until blended.
In a separate bowl, combine/sift the flour, baking powder, spices, and salt. Add the sifted dry ingredients to the egg mixture. Whisk until well combined. Spread the batter onto the prepare Jelly pan.
Bake in the preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes. The cake should spring back when lightly touched with your finger. Start checking at 12 minutes, and at 1 minute intervals after that. Remove the cake from the oven and run a knife along side all edges to help release it from the pan. Immediately flip the cake/pan onto the powdered sugar covered towel. Gently lift the upside down pan away and the cake should remain behind on the towel. Gently peel away the wax paper and discard it.
Starting on the narrow end of the cake, roll the cake and the towel up together to form a log. Place this on a wire rack to cool.
While the cake is cooling prepare the filling. In a small bowl sift the powdered sugar and set it aside. Using a mixer, Beat together the cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy (about 4 minutes). Gradually beat in the sifted powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat until smooth.
The Filling & the Rolling
Once the cake roll is cool (needs to be cool to avoid melting the filling), carefully unroll the cake. Spread the cream cheese filling evenly over the entire surface of the cake. Then roll the cake and filling (not the towel this time) into a log, or roll. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill at least 1 hour in the refrigerator before serving.
These can be made ahead and frozen.
Slice the cake and filling roll into 1 inch slices. Keep leftovers in the refrigerator.
Lay out frozen Puff Pastry on a greased or spray oiled sheet of aluminum foil. Allow it to mostly thaw and come to room temperature. Spread the ½ Stick of soft butter over the entire top surface. Use more butter if necessary.
Dump the entire can of apple pie filling on the Puff Pastry. This has to be roughly down the middle of the long dimension. Prior to baking you will be folding the pastry dough in half to create a 8x24 baking dimension. Do not fold yet! Keep the filling about 1 inch away from all edges.
Spread the filling the best you can over half the puff pastry avoiding the edges.
Mix the Sugar, Cinnamon, and salt together. Sprinkle that sugar mixture over the apple filling.
I use (4) 1 oz foil packs of cream cheese for the next step. You could cut a softened 8 oz brick of cream cheese as an alternative. Nothing says you can't use 8 oz and use up the cream cheese. In my case I lay a 4 oz ribbon of cream cheese down the center of the filling from side to side.
Once the pastry is completely thawed and foldable without cracking, fold the pastry over the top of the filling on to itself to create a pocket. Use a fork to seal the top dough to the bottom dough on both ends and the long edge.
Cut some vent strips through the top of the Puff Pastry using a wet sharp knife.
Slip the aluminum foil onto a cookie sheet.
Bake in a preheated 375°F for approximately 30 minutes or until golden brown and flaky.
Once baked slide the pastry and foil off the hot cookie sheet onto a wire rack to cool.
While the pastry is baking prepare the icing.
Mix the softened butter, orange juice, and vanilla together in a small but kind of deep bowl. Using a spoon, start beating small amounts of powdered sugar in by hand.
Continue adding and beating in powdered sugar until you obtain a desired stiff, but pipe-able icing. Adjust to taste. If adding any additional liquid, do so in very small amounts. Then beat in additional sugar to get a stiff consistency.
I then move the icing into a quart sized freezer zip lock. Snip one of the corners off with scissors, and this becomes a disposable piping bag.
Once the baked pastry has cooled some, pipe the icing across the top.