Chai & Toasted Walnut Roses + Milk & Honey Drizzle


In other words, chai latte pastries. Anyone can clearly see/read that I love cinnamon rolls. So much so, that I can't help myself in creating many, many iterations of the beautiful pastry. These little roses are full of warm chai spices and caramelized brown sugar. Made in a muffin tin, they are foolproof and gorgeous and perfectly portioned. The creamy honey drizzle is perfectly matched to balance the toasted nuts and buttery chai. I made these lovelies for breakfast, packed some to take to a friend's house (ate them again), came home and grabbed one for dessert, and THEN, one more in the morning.

Chai & Toasted Walnut Roses + Milk & Honey Drizzle

Bowl of a standing mixer:

1 1/4 cup (285 grams) warmish water

4 cups (472 grams) all-purpose flour

4 tablespoons (25 grams) dry milk powder, slightly optional

4 tablespoons (60 grams) granulated sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

3 teaspoons dry active yeast

1 teaspoon salt

4 tablespoons (55 grams) butter, room temperature

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Small bowl:

1 cup (225 grams) dark brown sugar

3-4 tablespoons chai powder- I like King Arthur's Flour version

7-8 tablespoons butter, room temperature

On the sidelines:

Toasted walnuts, for sprinkling

Milk & Honey Drizzle, recipe as follows

1

In the bowl of your standing mixer, combine all the ingredients. With the dough hook attached, knead for about five minutes until it becomes smooth and cohesive. This is a pretty soft dough so it will stick to the bottom of the bowl, regardless of how long you knead it.

2

Take off the dough hook and throw a clean kitchen towel over your bowl and let rise for about an hour. At the end of the rise time, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

3

After the dough has risen, lightly flour a work surface and turn out your dough. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough to about 12x12 or 15x15 inches. This isn't rocket science so don't get hung up on measuring. Just make a nice, big rectangle.

4

On top of your rectangle of dough, spread the soft butter all over. Then, sprinkle the dark brown sugar and chai powder on top of the bottom.

5

Starting with the longer side of the dough, tightly roll the dough into a log. Take your time at this step- your final product will thank you later.

6

Once rolled into a log, cut into one or two inch pieces. Again, perfection isn't the goal. Just try to make them all the same size.

7

Lightly grease a standard muffin tin with nonstick spray. Place the cut dough into each muffin tin, cut side up.

8

Bake until the roses are risen and golden and baked through- roughly 28 minutes or so. Your house will smell amazing. Remove and let cool.

9

Once cooled, sprinkle with walnuts and drizzle with drizzle.

Milk & Honey Drizzle

1 cup (250 grams) powdered sugar

1 tablespoon honey

2 tablespoons milk

Pinch of salt

1

Whisk all ingredients together and drizzle your heart out.

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