Saturday, December 31, 2011

Eggnog and Cranberry Cinnamon Rolls

I LOVE eggnog and when I saw this recipe I really wanted to try it. It is not a heavy eggnog flavor and even non eggnog lovers liked this! :-) This will be on our holiday menu every year.
Eggnog and Cranberry Cinnamon Rolls

1 cup eggnog
1/4 cup butter
1 (.25 ounce) package instant yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
1 egg, room temperature, slightly beaten
3 1/4 to 3 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup chopped fresh cranberries

Heat the eggnog and 1/4 cup butter in a small saucepan until butter is melted. Remove from heat. Let cool until temperature is about 110 degrees F (like bathwater warm).

In a large mixing bowl, combine eggnog mixture with yeast, egg, and 2 cups of the flour and the salt; beat well. Add the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring well after each addition. When the dough has just pulled together, turn it onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, about 5 minutes. (Alternately, just use the dough hook on your mixer and let the mixer knead the dough for about five minutes)

Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover with a clean damp towel. Allow dough to rise until double, about 1 hour. In the mean time, in a small bowl, mix together the softened butter, brown sugar and cinnamon.

Roll out the dough into a 12X9 inch rectangle (I like to do this on my Silpat). Spread the dough with the cinnamon/sugar mixture. Sprinkle with chopped cranberries. Roll up the dough from the long side and pinch seam to seal. Cut into 12 equal sized pieces and place into a greased 9X13 inch pan. Cover and let rise until doubled.

Bake rolls at 375 ° for 25 to 30 minutes or until browned. Remove from oven and frost with Eggnog Cream Cheese Frosting while warm.

4 oz cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons eggnog
2 cups powdered sugar

Beat the cream cheese and the butter in a medium bowl. Add the nutmeg, vanilla, and eggnog, blending until smooth. Slowly add the powdered sugar and beat to desired consistency.

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