Friday, December 14, 2012

Maple Twists

Looking for a special holiday pastry.  You won't regret trying this recipe! They are similar to cinnamon rolls with a little different shaping technique.

I've tried this technique with other cinnamon roll recipes and it works great. If you already have a favorite sweet bread recipe, use these directions for the twists. Just make sure to roll the dough out very thin. If the dough is too thick, it is hard to get the center baked completely.

This recipe makes one pan, or 16 twists. While you have your ingredients out, make a double recipe to have some to share.

Maple Twists
slightly adapted from Mennonite Girls Can Cook cookbook

3/4 cup warm milk
1/4 cup soft butter
3 cups flour
2 T honey (or sugar)
1/2 tsp salt
1 T yeast
1 egg
1 tsp maple extract (optional)

Filling: brown sugar, chopped nuts (optional), cinnamon, and soft butter

1 cup confectionery sugar
2 T melted butter
1-2 T milk
1/2 tsp maple extract

Mix milk, butter, 2 cups flour, honey, yeast, salt, egg, and extract. Stir in remaining flour with kneading hook or by hand until soft dough. Knead for five minutes. Place in greased bowl and allow to rise until double (about 1 hour).

Grease a 12- inch pizza pan. Divide dough into three balls. Roll one ball into a circle to fit the pizza pan. Spread dough with soft butter and sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon. Add chopped nuts if desired. Repeat layers for remaining balls of dough.

Cut out center of dough with a biscuit cutter or glass. With sharp scissors or pizza cutter, cut 16 wedges from the outside to the center. Twist each wedge several times and press down to hold in place. Allow to rise until double (about 45 minutes).

Bake at 375 degrees for 18 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 5 minutes. Mix glaze and drizzle over twists while warm. Serve.


  1. Oh my goodness! What are yu trying to do to us? That looks SO good. And I bet you have none left right now.

  2. Looks yummy! I wish I could make breads like you! :)

  3. This sounds so yummy... unfortunately I don't think, I can buy maple extract in Germany. But atleast I need to try this twist idea with another filling.

  4. These look beautiful! Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your day and God bless.

  5. Oh my.... These look so yummy! I am still learning how to make anything with yeast in them and might have to attempt these. For someone that's still trying to conquer the fear of the yeast, what easy tips can you provide?
    Thank you so much!

  6. Wow. Those look beautiful and delicious!

  7. Cinnamon rolls are my comfort food and this looks like a wonderful variation! I will definitely be using this method next time I want cinnamon sweetness. :-)

  8. I have real Maple Syrup. I wonder what I can do with it? Would it make this so sticky and messy that it would stick to the pan??

  9. These look delicious! I'll have to try then out. I wonder how the icing would be on your doughnut recipe?

  10. It's an absolute winner ladies.... I did don't-remember-how-many cinnamon roll recipes. Some were keepers, some were so-so.Now this one - oh, it's wonderful, amazing and addictive :) Still warm with that frosting......Ah...My spoiled 9 yo ( spoiled - because I bake every day, sometimes even twice ) so she said to me Mommy will you bake it for my wedding? Thank you for the recipe and your blog which I LOVE. So much to learn :)

  11. Hello, I am a stay at home mom with 4 kids and another on the way.. I expend my garden every year, I also bake my own bread and everything else is made out of scratch... Have tons of recipes.. But this MAPLE TWIST is absolutely brilliant!! If I bring it to any event it would be gone BEFORE anything from real bakery/caterer !! I try out every sour dough recipe you have here and all your gardening tips are so helpful...Thank you for your time and sharing!!

  12. This looks so delicious. I'm going to try them out!!

  13. Joy, I just found your blog yesterday through Mennomedia and your book review on "Anything but simple". I have spent my Saturday morning browsing through your blog and being immersed by the loveliness of it all. I was so delighted to see that you made my recipe of Maple Twist from our first cookbook Mennonite Girls Can Cook and enjoyed it. I will definitely be back to visit often. Bless you as you continue to learn to be a joyful homemaker. Looks to me that you are already doing a GREAT job at that!


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