Country Pecan Cinnamon Rolls

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There is something strangely therapeutic about eagerly searching for something, working toward finding it, picking it, gazing lovingly at it… and then smashing it with a hammer. Oh yeah, and then eating it. I guess.
My parents house is covered with tons of fruit and nut trees, and hubby and I spent an evening with the girls picking up the last of the pecans on my parents two pecan trees. We are kind of late on pecan season, and most of the nuts have already dropped (and removed by my parents lawn care people), so we were literally searching for any and every straggling nut within reach to glean.
We were literally rummaging around my parents property, looking for late bloomers and stragglers to fill my pantry, and it was the kind of work that yields more fun and memories than food. The pecan haul was, shall we say, very slim.. so my lofty plans of pecan pies and ice cream and and and…. Turned into crumble topping on baked goods. But hey! It’s tasty! And I’ll be more diligent next year in ransacking my parents edible landscaping.
Also, I’ve come away from this nut searching venture with some pretty zen insight… Need a good stress reliever? WHACK THINGS WITH A HAMMER. Then eat them!

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WAY too fun smashing them.. picking the nutty flesh out though? Ehh, not so much! But worth it for the TASTY!

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All dressed up and ready to go into the oven!

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All done! These things are.. um… HUGE.

How to Make

1 ½ cups milk
1 ½ cups water
1 cup butter
2/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt
4 packages yeast
9 cup flour, divided (I used Spelt Flour from Berlin Bakery)
4 eggs, beaten
Butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar, to taste
Crushed pecans, to taste
Heat the milk, water, butter, sugar and salt to 120-130 degrees. Mix undissolved yeast with 3 cups of flour. Add the liquid mixture to the flour-yeast mixture. Beat for two minutes at medium speed.
Add eggs and one cup of flour. Beat for two minutes on high speed.
Stir in the remaining flour. Turn out onto a floured board. Let rest for ten minutes.
Knead 10-15 times, until smooth. Place in an oiled bowl in a warm place and let rise until doubled, about one hour.
While waiting for the dough to rise, melt butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon in place in 3 9×13 inch pans.
Punch the dough down and form into rolls. Place in the prepared pans. Top the rolls with additional melted butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and crushed pecans. Let rise.
Bake in a 350 degree over for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

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What’s YOUR favorite way to eat pecans?

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Gingi is a photographer, cosplayer, amateur chef, crazy cat lady, anime otaku, bookworm, generic geek, world traveler, conservative Christian, homeschooler, devoted military wife and stay at home new mother of two little girls. Gingi blogs about anything and everything that is relevant to being a supermom, stay at home wife, homeschooler and geek girl! You can contact her at gingifreeman@gmail.com or via the contact form on her website at www.domesticgeekgirl.com

48 thoughts on “Country Pecan Cinnamon Rolls

  • 23 October, 2015 at 12:57 pm
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    Good Morning, friend!

    I just finished a cup of tea and a bowl of Cheerios. But I would have much preferred having 1 or 2 of these yummies. And I would have enjoyed sharing a little brunch with you!

    Now, I’m REALLY hungry!

    Sigh!

    Weekend joys and a hug to ya’ …

    ;-}

    • 23 October, 2015 at 3:06 pm
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      The irony is, I baked this right on the eve of my embarking on a three day detox / raw food and juice cleanse. So they have been sitting on my counter, staring at me in all their yumminess.. talk about self control!!

  • 23 October, 2015 at 3:16 pm
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    How amazing to have pecans readily available like this. Not only are they only to be had in specialist shops here in my part of the world but they are generally quite expensive.

    A big fan of notes, I’ve been given several different types of nut crackers over the years but have yet to find one that works as well and is much fun as a hammer.

    • 26 October, 2015 at 2:21 pm
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      That’s crazy!! It’s so strange to me to see the wild fluctuation in price for fresh goods around the nation… I never realized how spoiled I was growing up in the Central Valley with so many crops around!

  • 23 October, 2015 at 7:57 pm
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    These look REALLY good. Consider me very impressed. I love things from scratch. And pecans are yum.

  • 23 October, 2015 at 10:21 pm
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    Those look amazing! I love pecans and cinnamon rolls 🙂

  • 23 October, 2015 at 11:20 pm
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    YUM!! These look amazing! I can almost smell how good they taste 🙂

    • 26 October, 2015 at 2:25 pm
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      They were so yummy! I sent most of them to my hubbies work so I wouldn’t eat them all, haha

  • 24 October, 2015 at 3:58 am
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    What a breakfast surprise, Gingi! Love anything with pecans! Happy Sunday, dear! xoxo

    • 26 October, 2015 at 2:27 pm
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      <3

  • 25 October, 2015 at 6:27 pm
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    Nothing like a good ‘thwack’ LOL!

    They look good Gingi

    All the best Jan

    • 26 October, 2015 at 2:27 pm
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      Right?! Absolutely therapeutic! hehe..

    • 26 October, 2015 at 2:32 pm
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      Sounds great, I’m down!! Thanks for stopping by! <3

  • 26 October, 2015 at 12:16 pm
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    Gingi, I’m in love with these. Looking so scrumptious. Pecans are one of my top 5 foods, and oh my goodness, gleaning at your house sounds amazing. I’m nuts for nuts! I don’t see a tweet button on your site? Am I missing something? This should be shared!!

    • 26 October, 2015 at 2:36 pm
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      I need to get one up.. I had one for awhile but it kept crashing my page.. old plugin or something! Thanks Laura!!

  • 26 October, 2015 at 5:50 pm
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    I will have to really work at the Hickory Nuts I collected last month, too! This is a great idea!

    • 27 October, 2015 at 4:01 pm
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      I don’t think we have Hickory Nuts around here!! I’d love to try some!

  • 26 October, 2015 at 7:07 pm
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    I don’t think I’ve eaten pecans in any type of fun way – well, besides on top of a sundae and that is super yummy! These cinnamon rolls look great though. 🙂

    -Lauren

    • 27 October, 2015 at 4:04 pm
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      They are sooooo good on baked goodies!

    • 27 October, 2015 at 4:04 pm
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      Right?!

  • 27 October, 2015 at 1:40 pm
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    LOL! Whacking things with a hammer would be a great stress reliever. 🙂 How lucky are you to be able to go to your parents house to pick pecans and other nuts?! I’m soooo envious. The cinnamon rolls look good!

    • 27 October, 2015 at 4:05 pm
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      Yeah, it’s making me want to start a backyard orchard of my own!

    • 28 October, 2015 at 2:43 pm
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      yeah, they make a great crumble topping!

  • 28 October, 2015 at 6:17 am
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    I love all the looks, they re so beautiful

  • 29 October, 2015 at 2:23 pm
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    Man! I haven’t had fresh from the tree pecans for YEARS! My grandparents had them and we would spend evenings playing dominoes and cracking nuts. What memories! Thank you for that!

    • 2 November, 2015 at 3:53 pm
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      Those sound like some beautiful memories!!

    • 9 November, 2015 at 3:12 pm
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      It was!!! <3

    • 9 November, 2015 at 3:13 pm
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      <3

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