State Fair Cinnamon Rolls

This recipe makes 8 large rolls

1 1/2 cups warm water (100 to 110 degrees F)
1/4 ounce Fleischmann’s active dry yeast
1/3 cup nonfat dry milk
1/2 cup butter or 1/2 cup margarine, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon imitation vanilla, clear flavor (Tone’s brand)
1 egg, beaten
5 -5 3/4 cups bread flour

Caramel Pecan Mixture:
1/2 cup butter or 1/2 cup margarine
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup Karo light corn syrup
3 tablespoons heavy cream
1 -1 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted*

Cinnamon Filling:
1/4 cup butter or 1/4 cup margarine, softened
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons tone’s ground cinnamon

1. For Rolls:
Dissolve yeast in warm water, in a large mixing bowl; let rest 2 to 3 minutes. Add dry milk, butter, sugar, salt, vanilla and egg; mix well. Gradually add in enough flour to make a soft dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes.
Place in a greased bowl, turning once to coat. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place, about 1 to 1-1/2 hours, until doubled in bulk.

2. While dough is rising, make Caramel Pecan Mixture:
Combine butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and cream in a small, heavy saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and boil for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and pour an equal amount of hot syrup into two 8 x 8-inch greased pans. Sprinkle toasted pecans on top of syrup. Set aside.

3. Punch dough down. Roll out onto a lightly floured surface with a rolling pin to a 16 x 12-inch rectangle.

4. To apply Cinnamon Filling, spread 1/4 cup butter over surface. Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl; sprinkle evenly over dough. Roll up jellyroll style. Slice into 8 rolls. Place 4 rolls, cut side down, in each of the 2 pans, on top of Caramel Pecan Mixture. Cover and let rolls rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

5. Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden. Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes. Invert rolls on to serving plate or parchment paper.
*To toast pecans, spread on a shallow baking sheet and bake in 350ºF oven for 7 to 8 minutes, stirring once. Remove from oven.

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