Cinnamon Rolls With Pecans
- 1 1/2 cups warm water (105 to 115 degrees)
- 1 3/4 cups sugar
- 2 envelopes dry yeast
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour - (about)
- 1 cup unsalted butter - (2 sticks) room temperature
- 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1 cup pecan halves
Combine 1 1/2 cups warm water and 1/4 cup sugar in large bowl. Sprinkle yeast over and let stand until foamy, about 6 minutes. Mix in vegetable oil and salt. Add enough flour, 1 cup at a time, to form soft dough. Turn dough out onto floured work surface. Knead dough until smooth and elastic, adding more flour if sticky, about 10 minutes.
Lightly oil another large bowl. Place dough in bowl; turn to coat with oil. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, then cover with kitchen towel. Let dough rise in warm draft-free area until doubled in volume, about 1 hour. Beat butter, cinnamon and remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar in medium bowl to blend.
Turn dough out onto floured work surface (do not punch down). Roll out or press dough gently to 16- by 10-inch rectangle. Using spatula, spread 1 cup butter mixture evenly over dough. Sprinkle with chopped pecans. Starting at 1 long side, roll up dough jelly-roll style, forming log. Pinch seam and ends to seal. Cut log crosswise into 12 equal pieces.
Spread remaining butter mixture over bottom of 15- by 10- by 2-inch metal baking pan. Sprinkle 1 cup pecan halves evenly over butter mixture in pan. Arrange rolls, cut-side down, in prepared pan, spacing evenly. Cover pan with plastic wrap. Let rolls rise in warm draft-free area until light and puffed, about 30 minutes.
Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 325 degrees. Bake cinnamon rolls uncovered until tops are golden brown, about 35 minutes.
Remove pan from oven. Using sharp knife, cut around sides of pan. Place large baking sheet over pan. Using oven mitts as aid, hold baking sheet and pan together and turn over, releasing cinnamon rolls onto sheet. Serve cinnamon rolls warm or at room temperature.
This recipe yields 12 rolls.