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Year of the Sauce:  Week 7

Maple Cream Cheese Glaze is a sauce.

Yes, it is.

Don’t argue with me.  I make the rules around here.  It’s a sauce.  A creamy, sweet frosting-like sauce that melts all over these delicious cinnamon rolls when they are fresh out of the oven.  The tangy maple flavor is far more complimentary to the sweet potato cinnamon rolls than the weak brown sugar glaze I’ve previously tried with them.  Definitely a win.

And definitely a sauce.


Sweet Potato Dough

  • 1 0.25-oz. pkg. active dry yeast
  • 3 ⅓ cups bread flour, plus more for rolling dough
  • 2 Tbs. sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp. salt
  • ⅔ cup mashed cooked sweet potato
  • 3 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • ⅓ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 ¾ tsp. ground cinnamon

Maple Cream Cheese Glaze

  • 2 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure maple syrup


1. To make Sweet Potato Dough: Stir yeast into 1/3 cup warm (105°–115°F) water until dissolved. Let stand 10 minutes.

2. Combine flour, sugar, and salt in bowl bowl. (Reserve 1/3 cup flour if kneading by hand.)

3. Stir sweet potato and oil into 1/3 cup warm water. Stir yeast mixture and sweet potato mixture into flour mixture. Turn dough onto work surface dusted with reserved flour. Gather the edges of dough into center to make a tight ball, and press with heel of hand several times to remove air from dough. Let dough rest 4 to 5 minutes so it will be less sticky when you knead. Flatten dough ball by pushing down and away from you with the heel of your hand (dough will be an oval-shaped blob). Pull and fold far edge back over dough. Turn dough a quarter turn. Repeat. Kneading can take 2 to 10 minutes. Fully kneaded dough will be smooth and won’t stick to your hands.

4. Place dough in oiled bowl; cover. Let rise 1 hour, or until doubled in volume.

5. To make filling: Stir together brown sugar and cinnamon in bowl.

6. Roll dough into 14- x 12-inch rectangle. Spread with margarine. Sprinkle cinnamon-sugar over dough. Starting at long edge, roll up dough. Slice 1 inch off each end; discard. Cut roll crosswise into 12 1-inch-thick 
pieces, and place on prepared baking sheet. Cover, and let rise in warm place 45 minutes, or until doubled in size.

7. Preheat oven to 375°F. Bake buns 
18 to 20 minutes, or until golden.

8. To make Maple Glaze: Combine ingredients. Spread glaze over warm buns.

Source: Vegetarian Times and The Comfort of Cooking

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