|Look at the gorgeous blueberries in there! YUM!|
The prodigal blogger has returned. Rest assured, I'm not dead. I'm just lazy. Really, really lazy. I have no other excuse. I could say its been a hard winter, but that would be a big, fat lie. Its been the mildest winter I can remember in the last 20 years. I just haven't had the get up and go to get up and go start coals. But once I got off my lazy butt, I remember how happy it makes me to cook outdoors.
I have a really fabulous recipe to share with you today. These cinnamon rolls were so good that my husband ate 6 of them before they even cooled off. Its a good thing he runs marathons, because otherwise he'd be in trouble. I'd never even thought of making blueberry cinnamon rolls, but let me tell you they are sheer genius! We're talking a thickened blueberry sauce with a touch of lemon zest combined with a cinnamon and sugar mixture. Like I said, GENIUS!!
Now you will need 2 dutch ovens for this recipe. It makes about 24-30 rolls, so plan accordingly.
|After the cream cheese frosting. Warning: this isn't diet food!|
Blueberry Cinnamon Rolls
14" dutch oven
For the dough:
2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar
2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast
4-5 cups flour
1/2 heaping tsp. baking powder
scant 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. salt
For the Blueberry Filling
1 pint blueberries
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2-3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. lemon zest
3/4 cup water
Additional Blueberries for Sprinkling
1 pint blueberries
2 Tbsp sugar
4 Tbsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp flour
For the blueberry filling
In a small dutch oven, combine 1 pint of the blueberries, sugar and cornstarch. Stir in lemon juice, lemon zest and water. Cook over a full spread of coals, stirring often, until mixture begins to thicken slight. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
For the dough
Mix whole milk, vegetable oil and sugar in a pan. Scald to 150 degrees. Let cool until lukewarm (~45 minutes). Sprinkle in yeast and let sit. Then add 4 C flour, stir mixture together. Cover and let sit for one hour.
Add 1/2 cup of flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir mixture together. Add enough flour to make a semi-sticky dough.
Divide the dough in half. Sprinkle surface generously with flour and form into a rectangle, roll the dough thin, maintaining a rectangular shape. Spread half of the blueberry filling onto the dough. Sprinkle half of the additional blueberries for sprinkling on top. Roll the dough toward you. Pinch the seam to seal it. Cut rolls 3/4 to 1 inch thick and lay in greased dutch ovens. Repeat with other half of dough and blueberry filling.
Cover the rolls and let sit for 30 minutes.
Bake at 375 for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. Use 1 1/2 rings plus a couple of coals on top and 1 ring on the bottom.
Generously drizzle your favorite cream cheese frosting over warm rolls after they finish baking.
Makes 24-30 rolls.
Source: Adapted slightly from Beantown Baker