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Crispy Elephant Ears

 Crispy Elephant Ears
They'll remember these crispy home-baked pastries long after they've licked the last bit of cinnamon-sugar off their fingers! Great with hot coffee, these make a super gift. —Susan Taul, Birmingham, Alabama
18 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup warm milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten
  • FILLING/TOPPING:
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted, divided
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine milk, water and yeast; set aside. In another
  • large bowl, combine flour, sugar and salt. Cut in butter until
  • mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add egg to yeast mixture; beat into
  • dry ingredients until blended. Cover and refrigerate at least 2
  • hours.
  • Preheat oven to 375°. Punch dough down; turn onto a lightly
  • floured surface. Knead 8-10 times. Cover and let rest for 10
  • minutes. Roll into an 18x10-in. rectangle. Brush with 2 tablespoons
  • butter. Combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle 1 cup over dough.
  • Beginning with a long side, roll up jelly-roll style pinch edges to

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Crispy Elephant Ears (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • seal. Cut into 1-in. slices.
  • For each elephant ear, sprinkle a small amount of the remaining
  • cinnamon-sugar on a piece of waxed paper. Place a slice of dough on
  • cinnamon-sugar; roll into a 5-in. circle.
  • Place sugared side down on an ungreased baking sheet. Brush with some
  • of the remaining butter; sprinkle with pecans and cinnamon-sugar.
  • Bake 9-11 minutes or until golden brown. Yield: 1-1/2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 251 calories, 12 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 37 mg cholesterol, 160 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.