Cinnamon Sweet Rolls with Dates and Walnuts

Cinnamon Sweet Rolls with Dates and Walnuts

Serves 12

These sweet rolls are perfect to serve when you have company since you can easily make them the day before. Bake the rolls first thing in the morning and your guests and family will wake up to the sweet scents of cinnamon, walnuts and dates.

Ingredients: 
  • For the Dough
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter, plus more for the bowl
  • 1/4 cup warm water (about 110°F)
  • 3 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons sugar, divided
  • 1 (0.25-ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tablespoon honey, for drizzling
  • For the Filling
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for baking dish
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pitted dates
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Method: 

For the dough, put milk and butter into a small pot and bring just to a simmer over medium heat. Transfer milk mixture to a large bowl and set aside until just lukewarm. Meanwhile, combine warm water, 2 teaspoons of the sugar and yeast in a small bowl and set aside until foamy, about 10 minutes.

Whisk remaining 3 tablespoons sugar, salt, egg and yeast mixture into milk mixture, then stir in flours until well combined. Using well-floured hands, form dough into a ball and transfer to a buttered bowl. Cover bowl and set aside in a warm spot until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours.

Roll out dough on a heavily floured surface to form a 10x16-inch rectangle. For the filling, gently spread butter over dough. Sprinkle all over with sugar and cinnamon then scatter walnuts and dates over the top. Starting with the long side, roll dough snugly into a cylinder. Using a serrated knife, carefully cut dough crosswise into 12 slices. Arrange slices in a buttered 9x13-inch baking dish, cover and chill overnight.

Set dish aside at room temperature until rolls are puffed, about 1 1/2 hours. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°F. Bake rolls until golden brown and cooked through, 30 to 35 minutes. Set rolls aside for 10 minutes, then drizzle with honey and serve.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:Serving size: 1 roll, 260 calories (100 from fat), 11g total fat, 5g saturated fat, 35mg cholesterol, 210mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (2g dietary fiber, 19g sugar), 4g protein
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