Ferment the Dough. Check that the Proofer is set up with water in the tray and the temperature at 85 °F / 29 °C. Scrape the dough into the oiled container, place in the Proofer and allow to rise until doubled, about 75-80 minutes.
Fold and Chill. Turn the dough out onto a lightly oiled surface and stretch and fold all four sides to the middle, creating a square package. Wrap loosely and chill (a relaxed, cool dough will be less sticky and easier to roll out without adding too much flour). After 30 minutes, deflate the dough and re-wrap. Chill 30 more minutes or until it’s convenient to roll the dough, up to 24 hrs.
Cinnamon Pecan Filling
|Butter, melted and cooled||4 T||57||2.0|
|Light brown sugar||2 T||27||1.0|
|Vanilla||½ tsp||2.5 ml||0.08|
|Egg white, cold||1 white||32||1.1|
|Pecans, chopped||¾ C||85||3.0|
While the Dough is Chilling, Make the Filling. Butter the bottom and sides of the pans and chop the pecans finely. Whisk together the melted butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and vanilla until well combined. Quickly whisk in the cold egg white to thicken and emulsify the mixture.
Roll and Fill the Dough. Lightly flour the top and bottom of the dough, then roll out to a 12 x 14” / 30 x 36 cm rectangle. Spread the filling over the dough, extending all the way to the edges on the short sides and leaving a small bare border on both long sides. Sprinkle the nuts over the filling. Starting from a long side, roll the dough into a log and press lightly to seal the seam. Use plain dental floss to cut the roll into 12 pieces. If using a knife to slice rolls, it may be easier if the log is chilled first. Arrange the rolls in the pan with smaller rolls in the middle. Cover and chill overnight.
Proof the Cinnamon Rolls. Set up the Proofer with plenty of water in the tray. Use the rack with the fold-out legs on the lower level to raise the pan off the warming element so that the lower level and upper level proof at the same rate. Set the thermostat to 90 °F /32 °C. Place one pan of rolls on the lower rack, off to one side. Then add the shelf supports and shelf and place the second pan on the upper level, off to the opposite side. Close the lid and allow the rolls to proof until the dough springs back slowly when the side of a roll is dented with a finger, about 90 minutes. Half way through proofing, rotate the pans 180 degrees.
Cinnamon Mocha Glaze Topping
|Fine quality white chocolate bar*||one 3 oz bar or ⅔ of a 4.5 oz bar||85||3|
|Coffee or Espresso (brewed)||1 T||15||0.5|
|Powdered sugar||2 T||14||0.5|
*Lindt or Green & Black’s white chocolate bars are delicious in this recipe. White chocolate chips are formulated not to melt and won’t work well here.
Preheat the Oven. Place racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat to 375 °F / 190 °C.
Make the Glaze. Break or chop the white chocolate into pieces and put in a small bowl along with the coffee, cinnamon and butter. When the cinnamon rolls are fully proofed, remove them from the Proofer, then turn the thermostat up to 120 °F / 49 °C. Remove the upper rack and fold up the legs on the lower rack so that it rests close to the warming element. Place the topping mixture in the center of the rack and close the lid. (Because the white chocolate is being melted with coffee and butter, it’s OK to leave the water tray in the Proofer- a little steam won’t hurt it.)
Bake the Cinnamon Rolls. Cover each pan of rolls with aluminum foil to seal in moisture and encourage the fullest oven spring possible. Place in the oven on the lower rack. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove the foil, rotate pans 180 degrees and place on upper rack to encourage browning. Bake 15-20 more minutes, until nicely browned and the rolls reach an internal temperature of 190 °F / 88 °C.
Cool and Top the Rolls. When the cinnamon rolls are done, remove from the oven and cool in the pan for 10 minutes. While the rolls are cooling, whisk the melted glaze ingredients until they emulsify and are thick and smooth. Add the powdered sugar and whisk until smooth. Unmold the rolls onto a serving plate and drizzle the glaze over the warm rolls.
Alternative Timing: The rolls can be made all in one day. After the first rise/bulk ferment, chill the dough only for the minimum time of 1 hour. Then roll, fill and cut the rolls. Skip the overnight time in the refrigerator and shorten the final proof to 70-75 minutes (the dough will be warm and will take less time than refrigerated dough). All in, start these rolls 5½-6 hours before serving time.
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