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Blue Ribbon Apple Rolls with a KitchenAid

I entered this recipe in the county fair and won a blue ribbon. Mind you it wasn't the meets-the-criteria everyone gets a blue ribbon sort of competition, but a 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place competition, and these little apple rolls got best of, #1, 1st place. Ta Da!

Blue Ribbon Apple Rolls with a KitchenAid

In your lovely KitchenAid stand mixer, combine:
2 1/4 t quick or breadmaker yeast
3 1/4 C white flour
1/4 C white sugar
1 t salt

In a big measuring cup, combine and add to bowl:
1/4 C hot water
3/4 C milk
1 egg

1/4 C softened butter, cut up

Run for 15-20 minutes. Rest for 2 hours. Run for 4 minutes. Rest for 1 hour. (Not you, the KitchenAid, though you are free to Run and Rest too, if you want to.) Remove from bowl and force it into a lumpy rectangle-like shape. Dough will resist you. Let it rest for a minute or two while you . . .

Melt together & let boil for 1 minute:
1/2 C butter
1/2 C brown sugar

1/4 t nutmeg
1/4 t cinnamon
1/4 t cloves

Slice thinly:
1 red apple (any sort but the Red [not]Delicious kind), skin on

1 C pecans

Go back to the dough and roll, push, and cajole it into a large thin rectangle. Dribble the butter/sugar mixture over it. Don't worry about spreading it out, but do make sure you get the right and left sides, so that the end-rolls get some. Leave about a 2 inch at the top bare. Repeat with the apple & pecans.

From the bottom, roll the dough up. Slice into 3/4 inch to 1 inch slices and place into baking dishes (one 9/13 will work, though I usually use 2 pie pans).

Bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes or until nicely brown. Frost if you wish, I usually do not.


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