Sunday, May 02, 2010

White Chocolate Ganache Cinnamon Rolls

White Chocolate Ganache Cinnamon RollsI discovered this happy accident on one of my many mornings of making cinnamon rolls (a staple around here--it took me a dozen years of marriage to finally get my recipe perfect but perfect it I did) when I discovered I'd run out of powdered sugar for glaze.

In a panic (who would possibly eat a naked cinnamon roll??) I turned to some white chocolate I had on hand and something wonderful happened.

I discovered that while cinnamon rolls are good--cinnamon rolls with white chocolate ganache are even better. As in WAY better.

Of course it's not as if it takes a genius to figure that one out but it did take me about 17 years of making cinnamon rolls to discover the secret. If I never have another cinnamon roll in my life I will have been complete.

1 cup warm milk
2 eggs
1/3 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon yeast
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
3 ounces white chocolate
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon milk (or cream if you have it)

I heat the cold milk, eggs and butter for about a minute in a glass dish in the microwave or just until the butter begins to melt slightly. Then, pouring it into my bread machine bucket I add the sugar, salt, flour and yeast and set it to "dough." If you don't have a bread machine just add the yeast to the milk and then the other ingredients, adding enough flour just until the dough sticks together. Let it rise and punch it down then once it's risen again you're ready.

Roll out the dough into a large rectangle. Mix the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and butter together and add nuts if desired. This works well in a food processor if the butter is cold. I spread 2/3 of the mixture on the rectangle, rolling up the dough lengthwise and slicing it into 12 rolls with a serrated knife.

Sprinkle the remaining brown sugar mixture over the top and let rise 30 minutes. Bake at 350 for 28-30 minutes but not too long. Too much flour or too long of a baking time are the surest ways to ruin the texture. I know--I've ruined a lot of pans of cinnamon rolls that way.

Once they've baked and cooled mix the chocolate, milk and butter in a glass dish and heat in the microwave on a low power until chocolate melts, stirring every 45 seconds or so until totally combined and smooth. Drizzle over the top of the cinnamon rolls and serve with a smile.

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Patricia L said...

Those sound sinfully delicious! Maybe I can get my MIL to try her hand at them while she's here. (Baby #4 made his debut Tuesday morning)

Inkling said...

Chocolate Glaze sounds yummy! This past winter, I tried something new with the cinnamon rolls I like to make. Since it always makes two pans, I did one with the usual cinnamon and raisins, and another one with Ghiradelli dark chocolate chips and dried cherries. That's the new favorite in the house and with guests. I bet it would be yummy with white chocolate glaze.

[Stacia] said...

Oh. my. Don't think I'll be able to wait much past tonight. Yum!

Lynn said...

Oh my goodness do they look yummy! (Hang on while I wipe the drool off the keyboard.)

Janelle said...

You heat the eggs? That seems odd. Do you beat them at all first?

Luschka said...

I was in Norway recently and they have cinamon rolls on every corner. I had one every day and have been craving them ever since I have been back. I think I'll try them without the glaze tho - it's not like I NEED the extra calories!

thebeadgirl said...

oh my word...that is just evil! FABULOUS! but evil! :)

Recipeman said...

looks great. Ganache is great anytime :-). sinfull indeed

Scribbit said...

Okay Don, you had the absolutely best line I've had in ages---thanks for giving me such a great chuckle today.

Chris said...

I've been looking for a perfect cinnamon roll recipe all my life. May I ask why you use all purpose flour and not bread machine flour?

Scribbit said...

I've made A LOT of bread (worn out three bread machines in fact, not counting two replacement buckets) and never found that bread machine flour does anything special. It's just expensive.