Honey Pecan Sticky Rolls
For the rolls:
2 cups hot water
1/3 cup raw honey
1/3 cup butter softened
2 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
2/3 cup powdered milk
5-6 cups flour
2 tablespoons Saf instant yeast
2⁄3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
for the filling:
1⁄4 cup butter, softened
3⁄4 cup honey
1 cup pecan halves
In a large bowl, combine first 5 ingredients along with 2 cups of flour and mix until smooth. Add egg and yeast and combine. Add 2 more cups of flour and then add additional flour, 1⁄2 cup at a time until dough pulls away from side of bowl or if kneading, until it no longer sticks to your hands and it feels smooth and satiny. Be careful not to add too much flour or the rolls will be heavy. Place dough in a greased bowl and lightly grease the top of the dough. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and let rise until triple in bulk.
Grease 2 muffin tins and at the bottom of each, place 1⁄2 teaspoon butter, 1⁄2 tablespoon honey, and 3 pecan halves.
Punch down dough and let rest for 5 minutes. Divide dough into 2 equal pieces and roll out in two rectangles. Spread with softened butter and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar mixture (2/3 cup sugar, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, mixed together). Roll the long side of the dough up like a jelly roll and cut with string or knife into 1” slices. Place in prepared muffin tins and let rise until double in bulk. Bake at 375° for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately turn out onto large platter.
Jennifer Beckstrand is the award winning Amish romance author of The Matchmakers of
Huckleberry Hill series and The Honeybee Sisters series for Kensington Books. Huckleberry Summer was nominated for the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award and the 2015 RITA® Award, and Huckleberry Hill won the 2014 LIME Award for Inspirational fiction. Both Huckleberry Hill and Huckleberry Christmas appeared in Examiner.com list of top ten inspirational books for 2014. Her much-anticipated Amish series, The Honeybee Sisters, was released summer of 2016 and has created a lot of romantic buzz. Sweet as Honey received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly and Sweet as Honey and A Bee in her Bonnet were both awarded Top Picks from RT Book Reviews. Jennifer has always been drawn to the strong faith and the enduring family ties of the Plain people and loves writing about the antics of Anna and Felty Helmuth and the Honeybee sisters’ aendi Bitsy. Jennifer has a degree in mathematics and a passion for Jane Austen and Shakespeare. She and her husband have been married for thirty-two years, and she has four daughters, two sons, and four adorable grandchildren, whom she spoils rotten.
For more information about Jennifer, check her Web site.Twitter