Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sourdough Starter - The Gift that Keeps on Giving

        It's great to have a gift that has an endless supply of surprises.  Check my post about my birthday gift of sourdough starter.  This starter is a wonderful adventure for my tastebuds.  We love the French Bread, Pancakes and French Toast recipes.  Tried and true, these are made more frequently now.
        The latest success story was a batch of Cinnamon Rolls.  Holy Cow, these are good.... I mean really, really GOOOOOOOOD.  Light and tender, perfectly sweet - I felt guilty not sharing.  Not!

          Back to my standby cookbook, Sourdough Jack's Cookery, there it was under the heading Fruited Sourdough Breakfast Rolls just waiting to be whipped up.   All I can say is you gotta try this recipe.
¾ cup starter
1 cup evaporated milk
3½ cups flour
¼ cup soft butter
3 tbsp sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp soda
1½ tsp salt
3 tbsp melted butter (I needed 4)
¼ c packed brown sugar (I needed ⅓ cup), mixed with
1 tsp cinnamon (little extra never hurts)
Stir starter, milk, and 2 cups of the flour in a large mixing bowl.  Cover and let sit overnight in a warm place.
First night's dough
         Next morning, beat ¼ cup butter, 3 tbsp sugar and egg.  Beat into the sourdough mixture.  Sift together the remaining 1 ⅓ cup flour, baking powder, soda, and salt.  Add to the mixture.  Turn onto flour board and knead until soft and satiny.  Keep enough flour so the dough doesn’t stick  Roll out to 16” X 8” (mine was 16” X 24”).  Brush with butter, sprinkle with brown sugar mixture; add some raisins, dates, pecans if you desire.  Roll, starting with long side.  Cut into 9 (12) slices.  There was no way this was fitting in a 8" square pan.  The rolls were crammed into a 7" X 11" pan.
         Cover and let rise until doubled.   They were smelling good at this stage.
Rolled and Risen - one of these I cut a little too big.
        Bake 375 F (preheated oven) for 35 minutes.  Serve warm, if you want to wait that long.  Hot was good.

I made an icing with 1 tbsp butter, 1 cup powered sugar and some of the remaining evaporated milk and a splash of vanilla.  The icing was a little thick so it wouldn't melt and run off the roll.

        Yep, these were a huge success - definitely doing these again.  Next batch of this sweet dough may become kolaches.


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