As I sit here, the house is filled with such aromas…..maple, cinnamon and coffee. I’ve been up for quite a while, and my family was quite impressed with breakfast. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
You see, I was given a cooking challenge. I was to come up with a delicious recipe using International Delight’s sweet & creamy Light Iced Coffee.
Now maybe it’s because I’m a Food Network junkie and watched too many episodes of “Chopped”, but I was up to the challenge. I scoured my cookbooks. I searched online. I finally created a recipe that I dare say is holiday-worthy.
I headed out to Walmart to grab a list of ingredients. You can check out my entire shopping trip on Google +.
My secret ingredient – International Delight Light Iced Coffee in Vanilla. While I’m a huge Mocha fan, I decided that my recipe had enough wonderful and strong flavors.
My recipe – Maple Nut Coffee Cinnamon Twists.
I was replacing the milk called for in many recipes with the Iced Coffee to give it extra flavor and ooopmh!
I was using active dry yeast. I had forgotten all about how long it takes when you are using this kind of yeast…..it’s not the rapid-rise kind. There was a lot of waiting, but I have to admit, it was totally worth it.
CONFESSION: I had to call in my husband to stir in the last of the flour. My arms simply couldn’t take it anymore.
Then it was time for the dough to be set aside for 1 1/2 – 2 hours for rising. This was the waiting part.
I did go ahead and make the filling, which consisted of sugar, cinnamon, maple extract and chopped walnuts. The smells in the kitchen were already amazing.
Once the dough had risen enough, I split it into 3 parts. I rolled out the 1st third, brushed with melted butter and added 1/3 of the filling. Mmmmmmm.
I repeated this two more times, stacking each layer of dough onto the next. Three layers in total.
From the center, I proceeded to cut the dough into equal parts……about 16, then twisted them. This was the hardest part for me, the twisting. Who knew?
Essentially, instead of doing that, I could have turned them into Maple Nut Coffee Cinnamon Rolls, but the twists were worth a shot.
While they baked for 20 minutes, I prepared a glaze. Yes, a delicious glaze, where I once again substituted the International Delight Light Iced Coffee where one might normally use milk.
Oh, don’t these look good? And they aren’t even glazed yet!
I then drizzled the maple glaze over the cinnamon twists, while they were still warm.
So what do you think? I’d invite you over for breakfast if I could…..there’s plenty.
Maple Nut Coffee Cinnamon Twists
- 1 pkg active dry yeast
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 5 Tbsp melted butter
- 3 1/2 cup flour
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup oil
- 1 cup International Delight Light Iced Coffee – Vanilla
Filling (combine in small bowl):
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 tsp maple extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup sugar
Maple Glaze (combine and whisk until smooth):
- 3 Tsp International Delight Light Iced Coffee – Vanilla
- 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 tsp maple extract
1. Pour yeast over warm water in small bowl and set aside.
2. Warm Iced Coffee and oil in saucepan until warm (do not boil); pour into large bowl
3. Mix in sugar, egg, salt, and yeast mixture. Gradually add in flour (the hard part)
4. Knead dough (google this if you don’t know how) and place in a lightly greased bowl. Cover with towel and let rise from 1 1/2 to 2 hours. When finished rising, separate into 3 sections.
5. Roll each section into a 9-12 inch circle (as best you can). Place 1st dough circle on bottom. Brush with melted butter and place 1/3 of filling on top. Continue this 2 more times, stacking the dough circles on top of each other.
6. Cut into equal wedges….approx 16. I only used 14 – too many to fit in my pan. Twist all 3 layers of each wedge.
7. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
8. Drizzle with maple glaze while warm
There are so many ways to use the new International Delight Light Iced Coffee. I was creative this time, but truth be told, you’ll likely find me today sipping on the Iced Coffee. Ooooh, it is so good, not to mention less expensive than running through a drive-thru.
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