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How To Impress A Woman Again: Caramel Rolls

Gentlemen. A few blogs back we showed you how to impress a woman by baking her bread on the grill. Women chimed in from all across the blogosphere, and were impressed left and right, and a good thing had been done.  Women began at least, to foster a modicum of hope for us. But the ladies in our life are worth more than a mere loaf of tenderly grilled bread. They’re worth some dessert too. Thus it is time now for the encore, if you will. Time to take our efforts to the next level. It’s time to make some caramel rolls on the grill, because if that don’t astound the female species, nothing will.  Come with us won’t you, and we will show you just how to do it.

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First thing you’ll need to do if you haven’t already is to go back and read our article, How To Impress a Woman: Bread! You’ll need to use the Master Recipe found there for the dough. Yes, the exact same dough you use to bake bread can also be used for the most delicious, home-made, caramel rolls you’ll likely ever ingest. So you’ll need to make yourself up a batch of that dough, if you wish to try this amazing treat.

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Whence the dough is made, grab a grape fruit sized chunk of it and plop it on a pan. Next, you’ll need to roll it out to a 1/4 inch thick. I couldn’t find my roller, but discovered a Quaker Oats oatmeal can rolls pretty nice instead. It’s all good. Anyways, then you’ll need to spread the filling out over the top of the dough. Here is how to make that filling.

Caramel Filling

  • 4 Tbsp of butter
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

Cream all this together in your Kitchen Aid or what have you, and plop it over your rolled out dough. Don’t worry about how pretty it looks. Whence that is complete, go ahead a roll it up into a shapely log resembling your fondest burrito, and then let it sit and think about its life whilst you tend to key goodness factor – the caramel topping.

Caramel Topping:

  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

Cream together all this stuff too, and spread it over the bottom of a pie tin or the like. You can sprinkle some pecans over it here too if you have any on hand.

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Next thing on the docket is to slice up your burrito, cutting cross sections every two inches or so, and place them in your pan directly over the topping you spread out there. The hardest part of this project is done now. If you made it this far, you can accomplish this masterpiece.  Now it’s time to motion for the pit, back into our element. Where the pine-scented breezes mingle with the aromatic virtues of burning charcoal, and the banter of the flirting Chickadee.

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Put your precious cargo on opposite the hot coals. Indirect is your mantra here. Abide by it, and be well. This is no dish to screw around with. We tossed on a few pieces of peach wood at this point, that had been soaking in water for an hour or so. This project requires a delicate smoke, a wee bit,  just enough to let you know these rolls hail from the smokey realm, but not so much that it over-powers the whole thing. Treat the smoke as a spice, not an ingredient. The light smoke and the caramel produce an unlikely yet worthy bond, that will set these rolls apart from any other. Yet another privilege of a pit cook. Put on the lid, and assume your standard pit master position – in your man chair, lovely beverage in hand, and wait for the awe-inspiring aromas to hit you.

Whilst its baking, because your working a pit with varied temperatures running through it, you will want to lift the lid and check in on it from time to time, rotating 180 degrees at least once, and otherwise follow your pit master instincts for even baking. And like most baking projects, you’re looking for a golden brown crust to form, of which you should see in about 30 – 40 minutes. Keep checking in on it, be diligent, re-assuring it that you love it, and care about it’s well-being. Part of impressing a woman is being thoughtful and considerate you see. Best to practice on your caramel roll first if you have to.

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Whence a golden brown crust becomes the standard on your rolls, and it looks akin to something you think you’d like to eat, go ahead and proceed to the fun part – inverting it on a plate. Keep the inverted pan on top of it for a bit, tarry there, letting the piping hot caramel ooze and dribble of its own free will, where ever it so pleases, thus soaking into and over your rolls in a fashion suitable for the prestigious likes of Betty Crocker and your favorite grand mother. Folks will smell something good at this point and jockey nearer to thee. Look them in the eyes, pausing for effect, and remove the inverted lid, and proceed at once to astound the nearest woman. And maybe even yourself too.

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Peach Smoked Caramel Rolls hot off the grill. Man! There may be better things in life, but when you have one of these in front of you, rest assured, you won’t be able to think of any. And neither will your lady.

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22 responses

  1. CHOCOLATE !!! YEAH BABY! Gimme a ‘smore and I’m a happy gal… 😉

    March 19, 2013 at 1:41 pm

  2. I’m loving this blog more and more. Awesome Man food, and now DESSERT!

    Keep it up

    -Marcus
    baconkitty.com

    March 19, 2013 at 3:32 pm

  3. Liz

    wow wow wow–this is over-the-top amazing! Had never considered grilling sweet rolls, but I’d bet they’re divine. My husband loves to play with his smoker (http://foodcommunicationservices.wordpress.com/2012/04/09/smokin-eggs/) and not too long ago smoked up a batch of apple crisp. The crumble on top had a slightly smoky flavor (now I know it’s because the smoke was an ingredient 🙂 ) and it was such a fun flavor. Continue your reign in your man chair and I’d imagine folks far and wide will indeed jockey nearer to thee!

    March 19, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    • Well thank you very much, Liz. Yes, it’s fun to think outside the box a little, when it comes to grilling. It’s not just for meat and potatoes our there. Anything we can cook in the kitchen can likewise be cooked on the grill. Maybe even more things. Like your smoked egg article, for example. We are only bound by the elasticity of our imaginations.

      March 19, 2013 at 4:33 pm

  4. You’ve impressed me and this is Lolo’s Dad!

    March 19, 2013 at 10:27 pm

  5. I just discovered this wonderful blog 🙂 These rolls look scrum-diddly-umptious 🙂 And because my scroll bar works fine, I now want to make grill cheese and chicken.

    March 20, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    • Always good to have a functioning scroll bar, and a grilled cheese I guess. Thanks for the comment!

      March 20, 2013 at 6:14 pm

  6. I’m impressed! These look absolutely amazing.

    March 20, 2013 at 6:01 pm

  7. Damn yeah boys!

    March 21, 2013 at 12:05 am

  8. Another winning post! Keep up the good work – your content is such a good read.

    March 21, 2013 at 10:38 am

  9. Bravo! My favorite!

    March 22, 2013 at 8:50 am

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  11. Brilliant… and pure artistry! I would, without a doubt, be the campy (I mean campING) queen if I could produce these awesome rolls!

    March 25, 2013 at 8:19 pm

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  13. Colour me impressed. 🙂

    April 8, 2013 at 3:27 pm

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