Monday, July 9, 2012

Maple Twists

There are so many tempting recipes out there I bookmark or pin and then they sit, forgotten.  That was the story for this recipe until she reposted it and reminded me of my desire to make it.  My family loved this!!  The maple and cinnamon flavors were great together.  I made this on my pizza stone.  You can bearly see it peeking through...

 Recipe from: The Farm Girl

 Dough:
1 cup milk
1/4 cup butter
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp maple extract
1 Tbsp yeast
1 egg, beaten
4-5 cup flour

Filling:
1 cup sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp maple extract
1/2 cup butter, softened

Glaze:
1/2 tsp maple extract
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp butter, melted
1-2 tbsp milk

1.  Heat milk, butter, salt, water, sugar and maple extract until warm.  Pour in the bowl of your stand mixer that is fitted with a dough attachment.  Add yeast and eggs.  Let sit until frothy (1-2 minutes), then add enough flour to make a soft dough.  In my mixer, this is when the dough pulls away from the side.  Cover and let raise until double in size.

2.  Preheat oven 375°F.  Mix sugar, cinnamon, and maple extract in small bowl.  Punch down dough and divide into 3 equal parts.  Roll each part into about a 12 inch circle.  Place first circle on greased baking sheet (I used my round pizza stone), spread with 1/3 softened butter and sprinkle with a 1/3 of sugar mixture.  Place second circle on top of the first and repeat with butter and filling.  Place the third circle on top of the other two and spread with remaining butter and filling.

3.  Place a 2-inch glass, top down, in the center of your dough circle and press down lightly, making ONLY an indentation.  Cut (I used my pizza cutter) 16 equal wedges from indentation to outer edge.


4.  Each piece should still be attached to inner circle.  Pick up each wedge and twist five times, creating the look of a poinsettia.  Let rise 30-45 more minutes. Bake 18-20 minutes or until top is golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool 10 minutes.

5.  While twists are cooling, combine glaze ingredients and whisk until smooth.  Drizzle over warm maple twists and serve.  Enjoy!


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