Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls








Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients:
1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar, plus an additional 1/4 cup
1/4 cup warm water (100 to 110 degrees F)
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
3/4 cup finely mashed cooked sweet potato
1/2 cup whole milk
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 large egg, lightly beaten
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 -3 cups all-purpose flour

Filling:
6 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans, toasted*
1/3 cup jumbo raisins, soaked in hot water
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Glaze:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1/4 cup whole milk
3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions:
Stir together 1/2 teaspoon sugar in warm water, in bowl of mixer. Sprinkle yeast over water and mix; let stand 8 minutes until foamy. Add the additional 1/4 cup sugar, sweet potato, 1/2 cup milk, 2 tablespoons melted butter, egg, and salt to mixing bowl and mix with dough hook, on low speed, until just combined. Add 2 1/2 cups flour, and mix on medium speed for 8-10 minutes, until elastic, adding the additional 1/2 cup flour, if necessary. Dough should be sticky, but pull away from the bowl.

Pat dough into a ball, and lightly dust with flour. Place dough in a well-greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place, 1 hour to 1 hour and 30 minutes or until doubled in bulk.

Meanwhile, prepare the filling. Stir together 6 tablespoons butter pieces, 1 cup brown sugar, pecans, raisins, and cinnamon, until well combined.

Grease a 13x9-inch baking dish.
Punch dough down; turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and roll into a large rectangle, with a 1/4-inch thickness, using a rolling pin. Spread evenly with filling, leaving a 1-inch border. Roll up dough, jelly-roll fashion. Trim off ends, cut into 12 equal slices, and line up in baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare the glaze. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a small saucepan, over medium heat. Stir in 1/2 cup brown sugar, maple syrup, and 1/4 cup milk, until well combined, and bring mixture to a boil; remove pan from heat, and whisk in vanilla.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Remove plastic wrap from baking dish, and bake rolls for 10 minutes. Remove rolls from oven; drizzle glaze evenly over rolls.

Return rolls to oven, bake for 5 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cover with foil, and bake an additional 5 minutes.
Cool for 15 minutes before serving.

*To toast pecans, place in a dry skillet, over medium heat. Cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring often, until lightly browned and fragrant; cool.

Yield: 12 cinnamon rolls

62 comments:

  1. These cinnamon rolls look great. When you say "recipe by Emilin" do you mean that you make up the recipes? Wow! I know that the main ingredients is sweet potato but I don't think I can get any so is there any other ingredient to substitute sweet potatoes?

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  2. mmmmm they look so good. I absolutely must try these since I adore sweet potato! ooh I am excited!
    and yay! congrats on the sister work buddy =)

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  3. Ivy- I do indeed make up the recipes. I use to make up my own recipes, based on other recipes, but now I just make up my own.
    Hmmm..
    A substitute for sweet potato? I suppose you could try pumpkin. Or butternut squash.

    Allison- It was kind of a tricky recipe to write. If you have any problems, let me know.

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  4. WoW! I've never seen these done with sweet potato before. Very creative Emiline and delicious I bet!

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  5. Oh these looks so delish, I've yet to make my own Cinnamon Rolls!

    Maria
    x

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  6. as you know, i share your love of sweet potatoes (gargle, indeed!). cinnamon rolls also happen to be a personal favorite. bless you for combining the two! this recipe is definitely going into the abyss of "make soon" recipes.

    i'll say it again--bless you. :)

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  7. The sweet potatoes in the dough would make these ultra moist...mmmmm:D

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  8. Emi, aren't you the creative lil' one?

    These look great but I feel sorry for grandma 'cause these are so good you'll wanna smack her! lol

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  9. I would have never thought of putting sweet potato in cinnamon rolls, but this looks FANTASTIC!

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  10. Wow, those rolls look amazing. So light and fluffy and the color from the sweet potato makes them look so rich.

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  11. You gotta love grandmas. What would the world be without them?

    And I want some of those delicious looking rolls. Would you make them for me if I come visit? :-p

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  12. Your grandma must be adorable as you are, Emiline.
    I have been meaning to make cinnamon rolls forever - this is an interesting twist on them!

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  13. These look amazing, it's hard to believe they are made with sweet potato!

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  14. mmmmmm Emiline, this looks delicious!!!! xxx Gloria

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  15. I can't even believe how great these look. Unbelievable.

    Glad to hear your mom is doing ok.

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  16. These sound wonderful. My grandma said ice box and davenport too. Lunch was dinner and dinner was supper. I'm tagging this recipe!
    I'll eat it with my cereal.

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  17. I am drooling! They look absolutely amazing!!! Thanks for the post! I hope your mom is on the mend!

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  18. As Steven Tyler would say - That's sweet (emotion ;)

    Good luck to your little sister!

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  19. Oh, I could tell some great grandma stories... I just hope I didn't get any of those crazy genes!

    These rolls sound so amazing. I've been addicted to sweet potatoes lately.

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  20. You made me laugh with the wheeled coach vision!!! That was a good one; and the Cinnamon Rolls look so delicious!!!
    I would like to have a seat at your particular Holiday Inn Express continental breakfast bar.

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  21. You are too funny... Love the Grandma story :)

    These look too good to be true. But I believe they are delicious. I love sweet potatoes and this is a great idea. Good thinking!!

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  22. Oooh these look amazing! Cinnamon Rolls were one of the first things I learned to make really well, back in my high school days working at a bakery (sitting at my desk all day, often long for those days!).

    Great idea using the sweet potatoes!

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  23. Thanks a lot Emiline, Pumpkin sounds interesting.

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  24. I love those shots..makes you want to jump in the picture and stuff yourself. The recipe looks great too! You're a natural, you should become a chef ya know! :)

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  25. Beautiful! Aren't grandmothers funny. I run from mine anytime I have a zit, she's known to point it out, lick her finger while rubbing it and says "Awwh, what is this?" As if she didn't know!!

    Your rolls look sinfully delicious!! I've never made rolls with sweet potatoes before.

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  26. Sweet potatoes - cinnamon rolls - who would have thought. I'm very curious to know how the flavour changes. I guess the obvious answer is that it tastes more like sweet potatoes.

    I have a vision of the Davenport Diva at Davenport U selling davenports at the local furniture galleria for spending money. Gramma would be so proud - she'd even fill your ice box and buy a few bobbins to add to your sewing kit.

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  27. I would not have thought about sweet potatoes. Looks great.

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  28. I can't imagine you being lonely at work hun. You're so upbeat but for sure it would be fun with work with your sister. It's always nice to have inside jokes at work. I wish my neighbor still worked with me. :-(

    Those sweet potato cinnamon rolls look delicious! Will have to try those out.

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  29. Those rolls look great and sound amazing!! I really like the sound of the pecan, brown sugar, cinnamon, and maple syrup combination!

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  30. What a great twist on cinnamon rolls. I so want one now. Iam smiling at the decription ofyour grandmother and her husband. I sense and feel the whole 'step' thinghy.

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  31. Those look awesome! I definitely want to make them... I'm going to have to invite some company over...

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  32. wow, I know I may never make these (yeah! I'm not a baker as good as you:)), but I sure would love totaste one of these! sweet potatoes!! awesome Emline:)

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  33. absolutely delicious looking cinnamon rolls!! very creative way of making use of sweet potato!! will definitely try this!! :-) gosh i miss feasting on your recipes!!im glad to be back

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  34. i love other people's grandmas!

    also, i'm totally making these over the weekend. i'm drooling into my keyboard.

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  35. Em,
    Your grandma is lucky. But you have to careful about feeding guests so well or the next thing you know you and sis will be sharing a room, as well as a workplace.

    That's so great that she's going to have you there. You can beat up any customers who are rude to her.

    I call the fridge an icebox when I want to annoy my kids.

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  36. I love the sweet potato -I make rolls using them but never have tried cinnamon rolls- seems like a perfect combo!
    Hope your Mum is feeling better, and I love that your Gran is there with you!
    xo
    Gabi

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  37. OMG bring on the steaming hot cup of coffee. Strong and bitter to counter act this sweet decadent rolls. Lovely.

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  38. Gotta love Grandmas....mine still calls the fridge the icebox too!

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  39. Wow! sweet potato! I bet that adds a nice flavor!

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  40. Oooh, Emiline - you have another recipe that has made me say 'Oooh'. Your cooking therefore ranks very high on my personal oooh-ometer.

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  41. Those have to be amazing - hurray for sweet potatoes! And grandmas - mine called corn flakes "Post Toasties". ? I think I need to research that.

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  42. These looked just like they were baked by a loving mom or grandma. And that's the highest of compliments. :)

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  43. My grandparents also called it a "davenport", and the fridge the "icebox", and lunch meats are "coldcuts".

    So the thing is, since your rolls have sweet potatoes that means that they contain fiber and beta carotene, which means they are a perfectly healthy breakfast food.

    And it is so cute that your sis is working with you! Give her a little chuck on the chin for me, and say "go get 'em, kid!" for me, will ya?

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  44. Your rolls look lovely emiline, always anxiously awaiting each new post!

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  45. Those sound gooood, all sweet and sugary. Also, your grandmother sounds like a trip :)

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  46. Gotta love the grandmas! I miss mine...anyway, I am sure they will love those rolls! delish! Have fun!

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  47. Cinnamon rolls are my next home-all-day project. I've been trying to find the perfect recipe. This is a strong contender. I like this idea a lot!

    Now I jsut have to wait for a day to be home all day. Sadly it doesn't happen much these days.

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  48. ok YUUUUUUUMMM!! There is nothing I love more than cinnamon rolls. Don't you love when grandmas have funny words for things. My g-ma did too.

    Hope Mom is feeling much better!

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  49. Sweet Potato Cinnamon rolls ... how creative is that. I bet they are delicious!

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  50. I will have to try these the next time I have extra sweet potato. I have always thought that a sweet potato cinnamon roll sounded good!

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  51. I haven't made cinnamon rolls in a long time, but these are just calling out to me! I think grandma-isms are universal -- I grew up in a household that also had a davenport and icebox :-)

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  52. I love the idea of putting sweet potato in a cinnamon roll! And I'm in awe of your ability to just make up a recipe for baked goods. I can do that all day long for cooking food, but when it comes to baking? No way! I just follow what it says.

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  53. I just saw these! OH yum! I love anything with sweet potatoes!!

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  54. this looks beautiful.....ooeey gooey delight: perfect!

    Thanks for enticing photos + great recipe....I am inspired to bake now!

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  55. oooh, I have to make these! Gosh, where do you come up with these recipes? So creative!

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  56. Hey miss Emily! I made these yesterday-- except because it's fall (best season ever!!) I substituted pumpkin for the sweet potato... My roommates enjoyed them! (For pumpkin next time, I'd add some pumpkin pie spice as the flavor wasn't too potent)... But they were ooey & gooey. Yum. Thanks! :)

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  57. Hi
    I made your rolls and we had it for breakfast today, they were so delicious that I wanted to come and let you know! The dough was easy to work with and the rolls so fluffy, my son loved it.
    I used non-dairy milk and replaced the butter with coconut oil (for both the dough and the filling) since my son cannot have dairy.
    I used coconut oil + cinnamon + brown sugar for the filling, and didn't make the glaze, but just because we prefer them that way, especially for breakfast.
    Thanks for sharing your recipe! We love everything sweet potatoes in our house and I love baking with it, make the baked goods super fluffy and delicious!
    Ana

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    1. Hi Ana,

      I love the substitutions you used. I actually use non-dairy milk in a lot of my recipes now, and I love coconut oil.

      I'm glad you enjoyed them! Thanks for trying the recipe.

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  58. I've just made these for the second time. I'm afraid I'm going to have to share them with everyone I know, though, because the last time I made them I thought I was going to kill myself on them. Irresistable. Walk by the counter, grab a bite...walk by the counter, grab a bite...Thanks for the fantastic recipe!

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    1. Hahaha you're funny. I feel like that a lot of the time! I sneak bites every time I get the chance. I'm happy you like the recipe!

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