Thursday, November 14, 2013

THB : Sticky Caramel Pinwheel Cake

The Home Bakers (THB), bake #27 is Sticky Caramel Pinwheel Cake, selected by the lovely Jasline of Foodie Baker.

Firstly, I shall call this a bread! Jasline has picked a fine one, this bread is a total winner!

The dough uses milk which contributes to the soft and fluffy texture of the bread. The dough is very sticky to begin with and I ended up using  more flour than the recipe calls for. It was actually still a little sticky, but after kneading for about 20 minutes until the dough is smooth, and after the first stage of rising, it was easier to handle with a light sprinkling of flour. I have however reduced the sugar by almost half for both the dough and the caramel as I feel that the original amount is a lot, and do not want an overly sweet bread.

To make the gooey sticky caramel, firstly preheat the oven. Lightly greased the baking pan, put the butter, corn syrup and brown sugar in the pan, and place it in the oven until the butter melts and mixture bubbles. Remove from oven, spread mixture evenly on base of pan and leave to cool to room temperature.

After the first rising, the dough is rolled to a rectangle and spread with melted butter, and sprinkle with sugar-cinnamon mixture, of which I have added a tablespoon of sifted cocoa powder. Roll the dough up and cut into 16 pieces. Place these pieces, cut side up onto the prepared baking pan on top of the cooled caramel, which will be hardened by now. Cover the rolls with greased cling film and leave to rise until doubled in size.

The author has given a choice of baking these in a rectangular pan or a 14" round pizza pan (with a 1/2-inch rim) to make into a big round coffee cake. I wanted a round bread, so I baked these using the biggest pizza pan I have, a 12-inch size, which turns out a little too small! By the time the rolls rises, they almost pop out of the pan! Haha!

Brush the rolls with egg wash and bake for about 25 minutes until golden brown. Picture above is the bread just after baking, notice that one roll is missing on the left? Yum!  Not me, it's the hubby! :)

Turn them upside down and the gooey, sticky caramel is all there!

These rolls are just so delicious. The texture of the bread is really so soft and fluffy! The caramel is sticky, gooey and sweet, an absolute delight! Both hubby and me had two rolls each while these are still warm and fresh from the oven, and we actually just had our dinner! Just could not resist the second piece! I made this in the evening, meant for our breakfast the next morning.

All the 16 rolls are gone by the next day. I will definitely make this again, so good!
I'm glad that I've reduced the sugar, as they turn out really good, without being too sweet, yet sweet enough that you would go for seconds!

Kitchen Flavours notes :
~ reduce the sugar for the dough to 1/4 cup
~ reduce the sugar for the caramel to 1/3 cup, and corn syrup to 3 tablespoons
~ added 1 tablespoon of sifted cocoa powder to the sugar-cinnamon mixture
~ used bread flour, in total 3-1/8 cups

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  1. Lovely and delicious looking pine wheel cake.

  2. Oooh they look so fluffy and delicious but 16 rolls in two days - I'm impressed :-)

  3. Hi Joyce , beautiful pinwheels , just yummy thanks for sharing :)

  4. Yum! Perfect for Sunday mornings!

  5. Oh, this is so perfect for afternoon tea. Da bao a few, can?

  6. In looks similar to cinnamon rolls, the caramel filling sounds yummy:D

  7. Joyce, your pinwheel cake/bread looks exactly like the famous Saint Cinnamon rolls :):) I'm already salivating!!! No wonder your hb snitched one so fast ;)

  8. Joyce, this looks like cinnamon rolls which they are, right? Would love to get into baking these!

  9. yeah, the texture of the bread looks really soft and fluffy!
    so yummy, like~~~

  10. Wow! It seems you are so in love with this rolls. Looks really good!

  11. As I sit here drinking my morning coffee, I wonder to myself, why oh why cant I have that Sticky Caramel Pinwheel Cake sitting in front of me. It looks heavenly Joyce.

    Since today is Bundt Day, I can't helping wondering how this bread would have popped up in a Bundt Pan, lol...

    Thank you so much for sharing, Joyce...

  12. This is too enticing.... The thickness and fluffiness.... With the aroma of caramel...... Cannot resist.....

  13. Joyce, this is very nice! The bread is so fluffy and soft.
    I can't do bread yet as I haven't got a bread maker :(

    1. Hi Amy,
      You do not need a bread maker to make this. You can use either the stand mixer, or if you are up to it, by hand!
      I use the stand mixer to knead the dough for this bread.

  14. Joyce,
    This rolls looks YUM!
    Bet your kitchen smells so good when you baked this.
    How I wish I can grab a piece from you now !

  15. Me encantaría probarlo tiene que estar buenísimo se ve muy esponjoso,abrazos.

  16. Joyce, these look so comforting and delicious - just what I'm looking for these days. I would love at least two,

    Thank you so much for your kind comments recently. I'm still trying to find my way back but it is going slowly.

  17. I am so making these again. So so yummy and not overly sweet! I need to learn to roll them more tightly like what you have done here!

  18. Hi Joyce! Wow your family really love bread, 16 rolls in 2 days! Thank you for baking along with me, I really love how soft and fluffy this bread is too :)