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vanilla rolls

My head is still very loopy.  It is rather quiet at work right now so it is probably all good.  I am waiting for 700 G of data to come back from archive so I may play with it.  But as I wait, I had some time to wonder the web.  I saw a recipe for Swedish vanilla rolls that looked quite interesting.  It is the basic Swedish cinnamon roll but without the cardamom and cinnamon.  Vanilla instead.  And we do like vanilla around here.

I had started bread this morning and looked at the ingredient list.  With a few modifications, I was there.  They turned out well.  Maybe not as vanilla as I thought but I was experimenting.  I could always figure out how to add more vanilla somehow!

vanilla rolls

sourdough starter

1 cup flour

3/4 cup water

1 cup milk

1/2 cup sugar

10 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon salt

5 cups flour

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup sugar

2 tablespoons vanilla

The night before, mix starter, flour, and water in a large bowl.  Cover and let sit overnight in a warm spot until bubbly.  In the morning, remove a couple tablespoons of starter for the next time.

To the starter, add the butter, milk, sugar, and two cups of flour.  Mix well but do not worry about butter lumps.  Cover and let get bubbly.  It will look like pancake batter.

When bubbly, uncover and mix in the salt.  Mix in two more cups of flour.  You may have a soft dough that is not too sticky.  If too wet, add a bit more flour.  Dump out of the bowl on a clean counter that has been dusted with flour.  Knead until smooth.  Put back in the bowl and cover.  Let rise until double.

Mix the 2 tablespoons butter with 1/2 cup sugar.

When the bread dough is double, turn out onto  a counter and roll out into a large rectangle.  Smear with butter.  I actually used closer to a 1/4 cup then 1/2.  Spread the vanilla mixture on it.

Roll up on the long edge.  Cut into about two inch logs.  Each log, cut three slits in but do not cut all the way through.  Move the log to a baking sheet covered with a silpat and splay out each section.  Do this to each smalll cylinder.  Cover and let rise until puffy.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Uncover and bake for 20 minutes.

Yumminess!  These were actually part of dinner.  The other part of dinner was a shared pumpkin pie.  Life is pretty good today.

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