Upside down Pecan Rolls


  On a cloudy rainy day cinnamon rolls sounded good. This recipe was new to me and while I thought the roll dough handled well and the rolls were good, the next time I would either omit the brown sugar syrup or at least cut it in half.
  The recipe calls for the roll of dough to be cut into 6 pieces to bake, I just could not bring myself to make them that large. I ended up with 12 rolls instead of six and they were quite large. I will leave it up to you how big you want them.
  I am going to give you the recipe as written which is how I made them, keeping in mind that the sticky syrup is quite sweet and you might want to cut back on it.


Upside down Pecan Rolls
2 packages (¼ ounce each) active dry yeast
½ cup warm water (110° to 115°
1 ¾ cup sugar, divided
⅔ cup warm milk (110° to 115°)
¾ cup softened butter, divided
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg, and one egg yolk
4 ¾ to 5 ¼ cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 
Brown Sugar Syrup
1 cup packed brown sugar
¼ cup butter
2 tablespoon water
1 cup pecan halves (use all of the pecans, if you cut syrup in half)
  In a mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add ¾ cup of the sugar, milk, ½ cup of the butter, salt, egg, egg yolk and 3 cups flour. Beat on medium speed for 5 minutes.
  Use dough hook or put on floured board and knead until smooth and elastic. Place in greased bowl, turning to grease all sides of dough. Cover and let rise until double about 1 ½ hours. Punch dough down. Roll out on floured board to 18 by 24 rectangle.   Melt butter and spread over dough. Sprinkle with remaining sugar and cinnamon leaving a ½ inch edge. Roll up jelly roll style. Cut into 6 or 12 pieces.
  In small pan heat butter, brown sugar and water. Bring to boil and cook stirring for 1 minute. Pour into bottom of greased 13 by 9 inch pan. Place pecans on top, flat side up. Place cinnamon rolls in pan over syrup. Press gently in place.
  Let rise again for about 1 hour or until double.
  Bake at 350° for 35 minutes. Immediately turn out on platter. Let cool on wire rack.
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