Sunday, June 12, 2011

Orange/Mac Nut Cinnamon Rolls with Buttered Rum Icing

Orange/Mac Nut Cinnamon Rolls with Buttered Rum Icing

This is the recipe my Great Grandma Wolf made and served me when I would spend the night at her house in Glendora, California. I have taken liberties by adding the mac nuts and the rum. When I was a little girl my Great Grandma Wolf would give me buttered rum Lifesavers to keep me quiet in church, so the flavor is homage to her.  These freeze well and can be re-heated. You can also make and proof the dough the night before and then refrigerate the dough. If you do this, it will take about 2 hours for the rolls to rise in their second fermentation.
My friend Janet Montrose enjoying brunch on the lanai

Prep Time: 2-3 hours (depending on rising time)

Cook Time: 20 minutes


·         1-1/2 packages (about 3-1/4 teaspoons) dry yeast
·         1/4 cup warm water
·         1/2 cup shortening, lard or butter (I usually use home rendered lard)
·         1/3 cup raw sugar
·         1-1/2 teaspoon salt
·         1 cup milk scalded
·         2 Tablespoons fresh lemon or orange zest
·         1 egg
·         4 to 5 cups sifted flour
·         1/3 cup chopped macadamia nuts
·         Softened butter (about 1/3 a cup, maybe a little more)
·         brown sugar (or I used a combination of male sugar and vanilla sugar)
·         cinnamon

·         1 cups powdered sugar
·         ½ cup mascarpone cheese
·         1 teaspoon vanilla ( I make my own)
·         5 Tablespoons good quality rum


Add the warm water to the yeast and soak 10 minutes.
Scald milk; pour over the shortening. Add sugar, zest and salt and cool to tepid. Add the dissolved yeast and beaten egg. Add 4 cups flour adding one at a time beating after each addition.
Dough should be soft yet firm enough to handle. Knead on floured board until elastic and smooth. Avoid too much flour. Turn dough into well oiled bowl. Let rise for 1-1/2 hours.
Softly press dough down and shape into a rectangle. Roll dough out into a rectangle about 18 inches wide and 8 inches tall. Cover with the soft butter. Layer with a generous layer of sugar (brown or a combo of vanilla sugar and maple sugar.) Sprinkle on cinnamon and evenly distribute the nuts. Roll up jellyroll fashion.
Using a piece of thread or dental floss cut off slices about 1-1/2 inches thick. Place slices in a full side sheet pan lined with a silpat pad (or you can spray the pan with PAM.) Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until rolls fill the pan generously. This should take about an hour.
Bake in a 350 degree F oven about 20 - 30 minutes. Do not over bake rolls. Make sure the center rolls are cooked all the way through by testing with an instant read thermometer. It should read about 200 degrees. Allow to cool at least 15 minutes.
For the Frosting:
Using a mixer with whisk attachment whip the mascarpone, then add the powdered sugar and rum. Whip till fluffy. Spread over warm rolls as soon as they are placed on a plate to let the frosting melt and run into the rolls.


Richard Jesse Watson said...

Woah! These look devastatingly good. Gotta try them. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Tinky said...

Oh, my goodness, Devany, I do love the look of these! I may sub another nut since we are not in Mac land. And of course my plate won't look as pretty as yours. But I'm used to that!

Devany said...

Tinky, pecans or almonds would be great in these.