Saturday, March 14, 2009

The Winner & The Loser

The Winner: Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls

The Loser: Me and my attempt to participate in Project 365

Here's the recipe I promised for these winning rolls (from Southern Living).

Remember these?

Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls

2 (1/4-oz.) envelopes active dry yeast
1/2 c. warm water
1 tsp. sugar
5 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. mashed sweet potatoes
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 c. buttermilk
1/2 c. sugar
1/4 c. melted butter
2 T. orange rind
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
Non-stick cooking spray
Filling (see below)
Glaze (see below)

1. Stir together yeast, 1/2 c. warm water, & 1 tsp. sugar in a 1 c. measuring cup; let stand 5 min.

2. Combine yeast mixture & 1/2 c. flour in a mixing bowl; stir vigorously until well blended. Gradually add mashed sweet potatoes, next 7 ingredients, & 4 1/2 c. flour, stirring until well blended after each addition.

3. Turn dough onto a well-floured surface, & knead until smooth & elastic (about 4-5 min.).

4. Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray. Cover with plastic wrap  & let rise in a warm place, free from drafts, 1 hour-1 1/2 hours (or overnight in fridge). 

5. Punch dough down. Turn dough onto a well-floured surface, and roll into a 10X18" rectangle. Spread filling, leaving 1" border. Roll up dough, jell-roll fashion, starting at 1 long side. Cut into 12 (1 1/2") slices, and arrange in a lightly greased 13X9" baking pan. Cover with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place, free from drafts 30 minutes. 

6. Bake rolls at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove rolls from oven; drizzle about 1/2 cup glaze slowly over rolls, starting at 1 edge of pan and drizzling in a circular pattern; let glaze soak in. Repeat procedure with remaining glaze. 

7. Bake rolls 7-10 more minutes or until lightly browned and a wooden pick inserted comes out clean. 

8. Remove rolls from oven, and invert onto an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet. Invert again, glaze side up, onto a serving platter. Let cool 20-30 minutes. Serve warm.

3/4 c. melted butter
2 c. firmly packed light brown sugar
1 c. chopped toasted pecans
2 T. cinnamon

Stir together all ingredients until blended.

1 c. firmly packed light brown sugar
1/3 c. light corn syrup
1/4 c. butter
1/2 c. whipping cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Stir together sugar, corn syrup, and butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a light boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, and stir in cream and vanilla.

Remember this?
I just can't do it. Sorry, Sara. I've tried, but I think the whole point of the project is missed when you try to hurry up and take all the pictures on Saturday night. Or have already posted your pictures for the week in previous posts. I so loved the idea though ... the idea that I would be disciplined enough to do this ... or even remember to do it. So, yes, I am the loser. 


Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

Oh my word. Those look divine. I never have much luck working with yeast, though - I blame it on the high altitude, but I think it's just me.

I am not too consistent on the Project 365 thing, either...I forget a lot of days, too. But I am glad for the pics I've taken so far.

Debra said...

Mama Belle, your cinnamon rolls look so yummy....I think I'm gaining weight, just by looking at them. lol As for Project 365, at least you were brave enough to give it a try. I wanted to do it, but I just knew I wouldn't be able to commit to every single day.

sara said...

i will have to try those, they look awesome!!!

you are not a's just not the right time. keep it in the back of your mind and maybe you will give it a try another year! We still love you!!!

RachelQ said...

yummy!!! Mind if I share the recipe?

Wendi @ Every Day Miracles said...

Oh Wow!! Those look and sound so delicious! :) I think you most certainly do have a competitive side...

I never officially started the project 365, but at my birthday last month I started a blog where I post a picture each day. It's fun, and I don't feel pressured - becasue it's my own thing. :) I don't do well with pressure of any kind. :)

Tammy said...

You're a winner in my book for posting this delicious recipe!

Sara@i.Sass said...

I'm a loser too! I've been out of 365 for a month now.
I knew going in that it would be short lived for me.
And I'm ok with my failing, picture taking in general juts isn't me, so there was no hope in a picture a day.
I measure my year in crabby days. Did I spend 2008 more crabby or less?
Less. It was a GOOD year!
I wanted this recipe.
I did, then I realized I'd eat the whole pan. See the first time I make something I must test it. I can't serve it to people. If it's good who do you think eats it?!
Yeah. I am going to kindly and lovingly hit the close button now.

Rachel said...

I can't do it either. I just can't. And I feel no guilt about it. There's just no time.

Lily said...

My goodness, those look delicious. I think I gained five pounds just looking.


thedomesticfringe said...

Mmmmmm...looks really yummy! Thanks for sharing.


Liz said...

I love the idea of Project 365, but I failed at it last year, too, probably about a month into it. Even then, there were a few days missed. It's definitely a discipline like almost everything else. Maybe you can give it another try sometime down the road.