Bacon Swirl Cinnamon Rolls
Oh, sweet readers, you are in for a treat today.
My friend Carrie of Fields of Cake has something to dish in the way of Cinnamon Rolls full of Bacon and topped with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing. Oh, Carrie. In case you don’t know her, you should…she’s one heck of a baker. Right now, she’s in Greece, living the life of a military wife on the Isle of Crete. Envy much? Yes indeed, I got it bad. But I love her dearly and am so thankful to call her friend.
There are many things in this world that I cherish. I mean really, really adore with all my heart (what can I say…I’m a lover). My family, my blog, Susan (yeah, that’s right Susan from Doughmesstic…she’s my hero), my bed, and breakfast are at the very top of the list.
I have had a delicious breakfast post ready to go for some time now but just haven’t posted for one reason or the other. When Susan said she was in a little need I JUMPED at the chance…I mean, HEY! She’s on my list!
Bacon is also on my list. Bacon makes everything better. It goes with savory and with sweet. It’s great as a side, as a sandwich, in a cookie or in a roll, a cinnamon roll to be exact. When Oscar Meyer introduced the pre-cooked bacon, they rocked the world of baking in my opinion, at least my world. This recipe is the perfect example. I don’t like the idea of rolling up raw bacon into the cinnamon rolls because that is just….eww. And precooking your bacon takes lots of time and energy (from you AND your electric bill) and you have to be SO careful not to over or under cook your bacon. Oscar Meyer does all that careful worry mess for you! So, Hooray to them. These cinnamon rolls are sweet with just a hint of savory and ever so delicious. If you are like our family you will devour these with a plate full of bacon on the side. Thank you Susan for letting me share with your readers again. I do love visiting.
Bacon Swirl Cinnamon Rolls
Prep Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours, 50 minutes
Sweet and savory Cinnamon Rolls get a real twist with the addition of bacon!
1/2 cup warm water
4 1/2 tsp. dry yeast
3 Tbsp. sugar
3 1/2 oz. pkg. instant french vanilla pudding mix
2 cups cold whole milk
1/2 cup melted unsalted butter
2 eggs room temperature
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cardamom
6 cups flour (maybe a little more to attain the proper consistency)
1 cup very soft butter
2 cups dark brown sugar
4 Tbsp. cinnamon (I like Saigon)
2 pkgs. Pre-cooked bacon
Mix water, yeast, and sugar together until yeast and sugar are dissolved. Set aside.
In a large bowl prepare pudding mix according to package directions.
Add margarine, eggs and salt; mix to blend well.
Add yeast mixture and blend well. Gradually add flour and cardamom; transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead dough until smooth. (the dough should be soft but not sticky)
Place in a greased bowl; cover and let rise until doubled. Punch down dough and let rise again.
Roll out on a floured surface. Take 1 cup soft butter and spread over surface.
In a bowl mix 2 cups brown sugar and Cinnamon; sprinkle over the top. Line up the bacon to cover the cinnamon sugar mixture, it is easier to roll and cut if they are laid out vertically. Roll up tightly.
Put a notch every 2 inches. Cut with a good serrated knife.
Place swirls on lightly greased cookie sheet or in 4 -8×8 disposable pans; lightly press each roll down.
Cover and let rise to double again.
Bake at 350° for 15 to 20 minutes.
White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
10 oz. good white chocolate chopped into 1/4 inch or smaller pieces
3-8 ounce packages cream cheese room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
Carefully melt white chocolate and set aside.
In electric mixer beat cream cheese till smooth and creamy. Add powdered sugar and vanilla and beat at medium speed until fully incorporated. Slowly add the white chocolate and beat on low until incorporated. Spread on warm rolls. Enjoy!