I was so nervous about this challenge. To be honest, I've never made bread, scones, or similar dough-based, reliant on yeast, recipes before without parental supervision (and one of those fancy breadmakers from the 90s) so I wasn't really sure what to expect.
For the most part, I generally doubt my skills in the kitchen. I know, that's terrible, but sometimes it will take me a few tries before I get something right and that is VERY hard to handle when you're a bit of a perfectionist/over achiever…
Not to mention that I didn't even know if I really liked scrolls. That's a lot of anxiety for something that might not even have a respectable pay off. But, all the same, the baking challenge is that for a reason and, since this was Sarah Jane's suggestion, it was important that I give it a good hard go.
I looked around and found a LOT of recipes. Apparently these scroll things are pretty popular. I wasn't quite sure which way to go and, in the end, I kind of went my own way. I'm sure there are plenty of recipes out there, but I just mixed a few together and got a result I just did not expect. Chock full of deliciousness, that's what.
Here's the recipe I ended up with (adapted from The Pioneer Woman and How Sweet It Is ). I'm going to share the recipe because although it's far from original, these measurements worked pretty well for me!
Apple and Cinnamon Scrolls with Vanilla Cream Glaze
Makes 1-2 pans of rolls (adapted from The Pioneer Woman)
1 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 packet of dry yeast (or 1 1/8 tsp)
2 1/4 cups flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
3 small apples
Vanilla Cream Glaze (recipe from How Sweet It Is)
1 Cup Icing Sugar
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/4 cup Thickened Cream
2 1/2 tbs Milk
For the scrolls:
Mix the milk, sugar and oil in a large pot. Scald the mixture (heat it just before boiling point), then let cool for about half an hour. When it has cooled (but is still slightly warm), sprinkle the yeast into the milk mixture and let it sit for a minute. Add two cups of flour and mix until a dough forms, then cover and let rise for at least one hour.
After an hour, add the remaining 1/4 cup of flour, baking soda and powder and knead dough. Flour your workspace and roll the dough with a rolling pin until it’s thin and somewhat rectangular, then brush with melted butter (as much as you want) and generously cover with cinnamon and sugar. Peel and chop the apples into small pieces and scatter over cinnamon and sugar (as you like it). Roll the dough from the long edge, bit by bit (apparently you should roll it towards you but I didn't and it didn't seem to make any difference). Slice the rolls about 1 inch thick and lay in pans (I just used a spring form pan) that have been brushed with melted butter. Let the rolls rise for about 30 minutes.
Bake at 190 degrees C for 12-15 minutes.
For the icing:
Add sugar to bowl and stir in cream and vanilla until mixture thickens. Add milk, one tablespoon at a time, stirring until smooth. It may appear lumpy at first, but give it time and keep stirring and soon you will have a delicious, creaming glaze.
Pour over hot cinnamon rolls. Drool at the tasty mess and then eat before anyone else can get their mitts on them.
Holy crap, the result was pretty amazing. I decided to add the apple because Bailey is a lover of any apple-related desserts and it seemed just weird to me to make a cinnamon and sugar scroll without adding this element. I personally don't know if they would be as good without the apple. The vanilla cream glaze is one of many variations on this recipe and I have to hand it to Jessica from How Sweet It Is, she could be a genius!
Have you tried scrolls before? I highly recommend these ones and would love to see how yours turn out. I want to try these ones too, and I'll post on Facebook if I get around to making them because now it's time for the next challenge:
Challenge 4 – S'mores
I don't know where the obsession with S'mores comes from, but if you're a fan of Pinterest or The Sandlot Kids, you will know what they are. An amazing all-American camping snack that consists of a cracker, a piece of chocolate, and a toasted marshmallow. How can you go wrong?! Plus I kind of feel like I'm semi-supporting that big event happening this week in the US of A…
There are a lot of ideas out there, and we decided a fun, easy challenge while we're both a bit busy would be helpful. SO this is it. Now, what to make?
All this inspiration and more is stored here