I suppose these could taste better, there’s always room for improvement, but I sure don’t know how. Maybe add a little bit of nutmeg to the filling? I find that nutmeg really brings out the flavor in peaches.
I am sure that I would have to run extensive taste tests on them, but I don’t know if my waistline could stand the strain of eating tray-after-tray of these, just to ensure I had the spices tweaked to perfection. Well, that’s not quite accurate. I know my waistline could handle it, it’s the waistband of my slacks that I am really worried about!
For the Rolls:
1 cup warm water
2 Tbsp. quick-rise yeast
1 Tbsp. sugar
1½ cups lukewarm milk
½ cup sugar
2 tsp. salt
7½ cups flour, divided
2 Tbsp. oil
For the Cinnamon/Peach Filling:
1/3 cup butter
¼ cup sugar
¾ cup brown sugar
2 cups very thinly-sliced peach slices
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
1 cup sliced almonds, optional
For the Frosting:
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
¼ cup butter, softened
½ tsp. almond extract or more to taste if you like a more rich almond flavor
1 tsp. vanilla
½ – 1 lb. powdered sugar
For the Rolls:
In small bowl, combine water, yeast and sugar. Set aside for 10 minutes.
Warm milk in microwave for 2 minutes. In a large bowl or heavy mixer combine milk, softened butter, salt and sugar. Mix together until butter is melted. Add eggs one at a time and 3 cups flour. Mix for 2 minutes. Add yeast mixture and 2 cups flour. Mix well. Let dough sit for 10 minutes. (If using a standing mixer…now is the time to change to a dough hook!)
Continue to mix while slowly adding remaining 2½ cups flour. Dough will start pulling away from the sides of the bowl, but is still quite sticky. Beat 3 more minutes.
Coat another large bowl with 2 Tbsp. oil. Take dough out of mixing bowl and place in oiled bowl, turning over once to coat each side. Place clean towel over bowl and let raise in a warm spot for 45 minutes. After 45 minutes, put dough out onto floured surface. Knead by hand, adding a little flour if needed. DO NOT USE TOO MUCH FLOUR! You want dough to remain very soft!
For the Filling:
With rolling pin, roll dough into a rectangle shape about the size of a jelly roll pan (11×15 inch) and ½-inch thick. Melt 1/3 cup butter in microwave for 30 seconds or until just melted. Spread over dough. Sprinkle ¼ cup sugar and ¾ cup brown sugar over butter. Arrange peach slices evenly over the dough and sprinkle evenly with cinnamon and almonds (optional).
Roll up starting with the long side; pinch seam to seal. Cut into 1-inch rolls and place on greased cookie sheet. Cover and let rise another 45 minutes. Bake at 350 degree F for 16-20 min. or until lightly browned. Cool for 10 minutes before frosting.
For the Frosting:
In a medium bowl, mix cream cheese, butter, almond extract and vanilla until smooth. Slowly add powdered sugar until desired consistency. Spread over warm cinnamon rolls.
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Quick Tip: Just in case you are finding the whole concept of making a yeast dough a bit too intimidating, or maybe you just don’t have the time, you could you use any frozen sweet dough that you find ready-made in your local market to make these.
Recipe and image courtesy of Erica, Echo & Emily at Favorite Family Recipes