There are times when salty and sweet just go fabulously together. The salt brings out the sweet, the sweet brings out the salt and is just a never ending cycle of taste bud bliss. It may seem a little weird to put bacon inside a sweet bread roll, but let me assure you that if you like umami tastes, you will love this.
I've found that one way to achieve a perfect salty sweet treat is a cinnamon roll with the delightful taste of umami n in every unraveled bite.
I I will be showing you how to reach an epic taste experience with basic ingredients.
These beautiful gems are great for weekend family breakfasts and comfort food occasions.
Please also be aware that this process can take an hour or two before you start.
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Step 1: Make the Dough
For my cinnamon rolls I used a sweet role dough that is very simple (see below). You can use any type of dough that appeals to you though, such as buttermilk dough, or biscuit dough. They do however create a different taste than that of the recipe I am using.
1 package of active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1/4 cup lukewarm milk (scalded and cooled)
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup shortening or butter (softened)
2 1/2 cups flour
dissolve yeast in water, stir in milk, sugar, salt, egg, shortening, and mix in about 1 1/4 cups of the flour initially and gradually add in more flour until your dough reaches a easily handled state.
lightly flour your surface and knead dough until smooth and elastic.. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, flip the dough over, cover it with cloth and let it rise in a warm place for about 1 hour or until the dough has relatively doubled in size.
while waiting for dough to rise cook your bacon.
Step 2: Fry Your Bacon.
While you wait for the dough to rise cook your bacon.
The dough recipe has the potential to make ten thickly cut cinnamon rolls. So you can guess that you will more than likely need to fry ten pieces of bacon.
Fry your bacon on a medium heat until it is fully cooked but still flexible. Crispy bacon can not be rolled up.
Pull out of the pan and onto a bed of paper towels where you can press or blot off any extra bacon grease.
Step 3: Cinnamon (and Bacon) Up the Dough
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
Take your risen dough and roll it out so that it is still thick and is at least the length of your cooked bacon.
Brush butter on the surface of the dough and then sprinkle about 1/4 cup of sugar over the buttered dough as evenly as possible. Follow that up with a less generous sprinkling of ground cinnamon over the entire area.
after you've dressed your dough, role up the dough into a spiral and cut pieces off big enough to encase the bacon. Unroll the strip and place the bacon on the cinnamon side of the dough and reroll the dough into a spiral with the bacon inside.
Place the cinnamon rolls on a greased cookie sheet and bake in the oven for about 15- 20 minutes. Monitor them during this time the dough should become a golden brown.
Let them cool a while, and serve!
I don't like icing on my roles, but go ahead and put it on them if you want.
Step 4: Other Ideas
if you are not really in the mood for umami taste, you can replace the sugar and cinnamon that goes on the surface with the butter with cheese, or really, any other topping you like.
To make more of an emphasis on the sweet part of the taste, use brown sugar in the place of the white sugar when dressing the dough.
You can also just not add the bacon for incredible cinnamon rolls without any quirks.
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