The pastry chef behind the new Melange Bakery Cafe in Newark, NJ., whips up a sweet way to start your morning
Jacques Torres’ Maple Brown Sugar Rolls
11 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened and divided, plus butter for greasing pan and bowl
½ cup pure maple syrup
¾ cup light brown sugar, divided
1 (¼-oz.) envelope active dry yeast
¼ cup warm water (100° to 110°)
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1/3 cup granulated sugar
¼ cup whole milk
½ tsp. table salt
2 large eggs
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1. Microwave 4 tablespoons butter in a microwavable bowl on high heat until melted, about 30 seconds. Stir together melted butter, maple syrup and ¼ cup brown sugar in a medium bowl; spread evenly in bottom of a greased 13×9-inch metal baking pan. Set aside.
2. Stir together yeast and warm water in a small bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Place 2/3 cup flour in the bowl of an electric stand mixer. Add granulated sugar, milk, salt, eggs and yeast mixture; beat on low speed until smooth, about 2 minutes. Gradually add remaining 2 cups flour while beating on low speed. Increase speed to medium, and beat until dough is smooth and elastic, about 7 to 8 minutes. (Dough will be very sticky.) Add 6 tablespoons butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat on medium speed 3 minutes. Transfer dough to a large greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place until almost doubled in bulk, about 1½ hours.
3. Turn dough out onto a well-floured surface; roll into a 16×12-inch rectangle. Microwave remaining butter in a microwavable bowl on high heat until melted, and brush over surface of dough. Sprinkle remaining brown sugar over dough; sprinkle cinnamon over brown sugar. Starting at one long side, roll up dough, jelly-roll fashion. Cut into 12 slices; place in pan, cut side up, on top of maple mixture. Cover, and let rise again until doubled in bulk, about 30 minutes.
4. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake rolls until golden brown, about 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool in pan 5 minutes. Flip rolls out of pan onto a serving platter.
Makes: 1 dozen
Active time: 35 minutes
Total time: 1 hour, plus rising time
Tip! To accurately measure maple syrup, first lightly coat the measuring cup with cooking spray. That way none of the syrup will stick to the cup when you add it to the recipe.