Brown Butter Rhubarb Cinnamon Rolls
I’ve seen mentions of Joy the Baker here and there, but only recently dove into her site. I’ve barely come up for air since. I’ve been craving something warm and heady with yeast lately and was inspired by her recipe for Lemon Raspberry breakfast rolls. I could eat all lemon all day, but it’s not Steve’s preference, so I took her basic recipe and adapted it to something a little richer.
I started with her standard dough recipe, copied below, but improvised just a little with the filling and glaze. These are Joy’s words with just some minor changes. I did it all the night before, allowing about 40 minutes for the 2nd rise before refigerating covered with plastic wrap. I took it out about 30 minutes before putting in the oven, and made the glaze as they cooled.
For the Dough:
1 cup milk (I used 2 percent)
2/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 tablespoon active dry yeast
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted buttered, softened to room temperature
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus 1/2 cup for kneading, plus more for sprinkling the counter
For the Filling:
1 1/2 cups diced rhubarb (would do 2 cups next time!)
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar for dusting
2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted, browned and slightly cooled
For the Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar, plus more as needed
1 tablespoon milk
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
To make the dough:
In a small saucepan over low heat, warm the milk to about 95 degrees. Pour the warm milk into the bow of an electric stand mixer fit with a paddle attachment. Stir the sugar and yeast into the warm milk and let sit for 5 to 7 minutes. The yeast will foam and bubble. That’s how you know it’s alive. After frothy, add the butter, eggs, and sea salt to the yeast mixture. Add 4 1/4 cups flour. Beat on low speed with the paddle attachment for 2 minutes. Stop the mixer, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and replace the paddle with a dough hook. Beat dough with the dough hook on medium speed for about 10 minutes.
Dust a clean counter with flour. Scrape the dough out onto the work surface. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup of flour and knead for about 2 minutes. Dough will be soft and slightly sticky. That’s right!
Place dough in a large, lightly oiled bowl. Sprinkle a bit of flour on top of the dough. Cover with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel, and place in a slightly warm place to rise for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
While dough rises, grease a 9×13-inch pan with butter. Set aside.
To make the filling:
In a medium bowl toss together rhubarb, sugar, and cornstarch. Set aside.
In a medium saucepan, melt butter until it is browned and fragrant. Set aside to cool slightly.
To assemble the rolls:
When the dough has doubled in size, turn out onto a floured work surface and gently knead for 1 minute. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough into a roughly 10×20-inch rectangle.
Spread half of the butter over the dough. Spread the filling over the dough. Rhubarb will be here and there across the dough. Sprinkle the dough and fruit with 1/2 cup brown sugar and cinnamon.
Working quickly, tightly roll up the dough into a 20-inch long log. Cut the log into quarters, then cut each quarter into 3 pieces. Carefully and quickly lift the rolls into the prepared pan. The rolls will release juice into the bottom if the pan. That’s fine! Cover pan with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel and let rest in a warm place for 1 hour, until puffed.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Bake rolls for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden and bubbling. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 30 minutes.
To make the glaze:
In a small bowl, whisk together sugar, remaining butter, milk and cinnamon. Drizzle glaze over cooled rolls and serve. Rolls are best served the day they are made but will last up to 3 days well wrapped at room temperature.