February 22, 2011

Cream Cheese Roll with Powdered Sugar Glaze

Itty bitty and I have been down with a cold the past couple of days and I've had zero motivation to get in the kitchen and put something together. Even Paula Deen's English Peas joke of a recipe seemed like to much of a hassle. I woke up this morning missing the kitchen. The pile of dishes was a bit of an eye sore though but I made it through the chiseling off of food from the plates and scrubbing the counter tops from the science experiment that was beginning to grow. I only joke. Kinda.

Head congestion and all I made a Cream Cheese Braid Cream Cheese Roll. Oh hell. This is why the Pretend Chef shouldn't make anything more complicated than a cup of hot tea when she's sick. When will I ever learn to read a recipe through? 8 hours for the dough to chill, not understanding how to roll the dough after the filling was spread, marking the dough with Xs, and a powdered sugar glaze with no vanilla extract. So I fumbled a bit.

The 8 hours of chilling time for the dough proved to be the easiest part for me. The rolling of the dough made absolutely zero sense. I normally would have Googled a "how to" video but my motivation to do so just wasn't there. I couldn't even figure out how to score the Xs to get that braided look. Needless to say, what I ended up with was a roll with cream cheese filling that oozed out, a hot mess, and a powdered sugar glaze that had no flavor thanks to running out of vanilla extract.
The end result was surprising tasty and moist. Next time the glaze will taste better with the vanilla extract. The cream cheese provides a subtle tang while the dough and glaze provide a sweetness to balance out the "roll".

MyRecipes.com and Southern Living, December 1997
Makes 4 (12-inch) loaves

Stars of the Show for the Dough:
  • 1 (8 oz) container sour cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 (1/4 oz) envelopes dry active yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (105° to 115°)
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
And Action:

Heat the first 4 ingredients in a saucepan until the butter melts stirring occasionally. Cool to 105° to 115°.

Combine yeast and warm water in a large bowl and let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in sour cream mixture and eggs. Gradually stir in the flour. Cover and chill for at least 8 hours.

Divide the dough into fourths and turn out onto a heavily floured surface and knead 4 or 5 times.

Roll each portion into a 12x8-inch rectangle and spread each rectangle with one fourth of the Cream Cheese Filling (recipe below) leaving a 1-inch border around the edges. Roll up starting starting at a long side, press the seam, and fold the edges under to seal. Place seam side down on a lightly greased baking sheet. Cut 6 equally spaced Xs across the top of each loaf. Cover and let rise in a warm (85°), draft free place, for 1 hour or until doubled in size.

Bake at 375° for 15 to 20 minutes or until browned. Drizzle the warm leaves with the Powdered Sugar Glaze (recipe below).

MyRecipes.com and Southern Living, December 1997
Makes 2 1/2 cups

Stars of the Show:
  • 2 (8 oz) containers cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
And Action:

Beat all ingredients in a mixer at medium speed until smooth.

MyRecipes.com and Southern Living, December 1997
Makes about 1 cup

Stars of the Show:
  • 2 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
And Action:

Stir all ingredients together.

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Brandie@thecountrycook said...

I do not even want to talk about the pile of dishes in my kitchen. Well, I guess I just did but I'm totally avoiding it by visiting my blog friends. Very adult-like of me, isn't it. I'm so ready for cold and flu season to be over!!
And your post was hilarious. We definitely are not in our right cooking minds when we're sick. I'm thinking this will be phenomenal the 2nd time around!

Ang said...

Totally impressed! I just made my first loaf of French bread this last weekend and it was quite intimidating, but it sure turned out good. I think I could do this cream cheese roll for sure. I know my husband would dig this.

Pretend Chef said...

Brandie - Piles of dishes are the norm in this household now. Before blogging a spoon and a cup were all that seemed to ever need cleaned. Sippy cups too. I am just ready to not have this pesky cough anymore. It's affecting my sleep. The next time around I will actually Youtube a video before attempting again. Haha!

Ang - Thank you for the compliment! I was very intimadated at first when I began working with dough. I no longer fear it. If you make this you'll have to let me know how it turns out for you.

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