Category: Sweet Bakes

Caramel Fans

Makes: 8 Caramel fans
Oven: 180° C / 350° F
Preparation Time: 1 hour and 40 minutes
Baking Time: 20 - 25 minutes
Ingredients:
360 g Cake flour (3 x 250 ml / 3 cups)
5 ml Salt (1 tsp)
60 ml Sugar (4 tbsp)
60 g Margarine (4 tbsp)
10 g Anchor Instant Yeast  (1 packet)
1   Large egg, beaten
145 ml Lukewarm water (approx. ½ cup)
     
Filling:    
125 g Margarine, melted (125 ml / ½ cup)
100 g Brown sugar (125 ml / ½ cup)
60 ml Honey (4 tbsp)
100 g Walnuts, chopped (250 ml / 1 cup)
    Egg, to brush
Method:
  1. Mix all the dry ingredients together and rub the margarine into the flour with the fingertips. Add the Anchor Instant Yeast and mix.
  2. Add beaten egg and enough lukewarm water to form a soft dough. Knead the dough well, until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes by hand or 5 minutes using an electric mixer.
  3. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface, cover with greased plastic and leave to rest for 10 minutes.
  4. Cream margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Add honey and walnuts and mix through.
  5. Knock the dough down and roll into a rectangle, 5 mm (¼ inch) thick. Spread half the filling over the dough and roll the dough up, lengthwise. Using a sharp knife, slice the roll into 8 equal slices.
  6. Place each slice, fold side down, onto a greased baking tray. Dip the handle of a wooden spoon into flour and press each slice down in the centre, until the spirals fan out.
  7. Cover with greased plastic and allow to rise until double the volume, about 20 – 25 minutes.
  8. Brush with egg and bake in a preheated oven at 180° C / 350° F for 20 – 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Brush with glaze.

Variation:

To make Cinnamon and Almond Fans, cream margarine and sugar until light and fluffy, replace honey and walnuts with 5 ml (1 tsp) cinnamon and 50 g (125 ml) (1/2 cup) flaked almonds. Follow recipe for Caramel Fans from step 5.