Saturday, February 15, 2014

Mocha Sweet Rolls

Mocha Sweet Rolls

2  packages  Dry Yeast
2-1/2 Cups Warm Coffee
3/4 Cup Butter, melted
3/4 Cup Sugar
2-1/2 teaspoons Salt
2 Eggs, well beaten
8 to 8-1/2 Cups Flour

Melted Butter, about 1/4- to 1/3 cup
Instant Hot Cocoa mix (I used Nestle brand)

Mocha Buttercream Frosting:
1-1/2 Cups Butter, softened
4 Cups Powdered Sugar
2 Tablespoons Instant Coffee, dissolved in
2 Tablespoons Milk
1 teaspoon Vanilla 

In a large mixing bowl, combine the Yeast, Coffee, Butter, Sugar, and Salt; let set to proof for 5-10 minutes.  Beat in Eggs.  Stir in Flour and beat until smooth.  Cover and let rise until doubled, about one hour, or refrigerate overnight.  Punch down dough and knead briefly (if refrigerated, allow to come to room temperature first, about 30 minutes).  Divide dough into two equal portions and roll into a 12" x 18" rectangle.  Brush well with melted Butter and sprinkle lightly with Hot Cocoa mix.  Roll up dough, cut into 12 rolls and place in well-greased 9x13 pan; repeat with remaining dough.  Let rise until doubled, 30-45 minutes.  Bake at 350* for 20-22 minutes and golden brown.  Frost while slightly warm, using Mocha Buttercream -or- a glaze made from powdered sugar and coffee.  Must serve warm, with the frosting all melts and gooey and running down the sides or the sweet rolls.  Serves 24, or maybe just 12, or you might want to just hide them in the freezer for your afternoon pick-me-up...

For the Mocha Buttercream Frosting:
Cream Butter at medium speed in mixer; gradually add Powdered Sugar, beating until light and fluffy.  Add in Coffee/Milk mixture and Vanilla, beating until desired consistency is achieved.  Yield: 3 cups.

"For the Word of God is living,
And powerful,
And sharper than any two-edged sword,
Piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit,
And of the joints and marrow,
And is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart....
Let us, therefore,
Come boldly unto the 
Throne of Grace,
That we may obtain Mercy,
And find Grace to help in time of trouble."
Hebrews 4:12, 16


I know it, I know it.
I've been hearing you in the back of my head for the last month:
"Where's that Mocha Sweet Roll recipe you promised us on Facebook back at Christmas?!"

You'd think it wouldn't take me so long, should it...
I didn't think it would take so long, either.

Honestly? Our computer has been just about ready to crash and I've been scared to download any photos to it, fearing that it might be that proverbial straw, breaking that camel of a computer's back.  We did order a new one--back before Christmas.
Just took it out of the box this past weekend.
It didn't work.
After almost two hours on the phone with the tech support, well,
the manufacturer is overnighting us a new hard drive.
Should be here tomorrow.
So, I'm doing this post on my husband's iPad.
Please forgive my wonky formatting.
And hopefully, (hopefully!),
I'll be back to posting regularly soon.

Thanks for your patience--I really have missed you.

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