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Ingredients :

4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2/3 cups whole milk
1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 packet (2 1/4 teaspoon) active dry yeast
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 large egg
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Topping :

3/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons Hennessey
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted
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Instructions :

  • In a saucepan, melt the butter. Remove from heat and add milk to warm.
  • Whisk together the flour, yeast, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a separate bowl. On low speed, add the flour mixture to combine. Beat in egg, then beat until dough comes together. Switch to a dough hook attachment and beat quickly until the dough forms a ball. If the dough is too sticky, add more flour 1 tablespoon at a time.
  • On a floured surface, and with floured hands, knead dough until smooth and elastic, about 20 times; form into a ball. Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with a dish towel and let dough double in volume at room temperature, about 2 to 3 hours.
  • In a medium skillet, melt 4 tablespoons butter. In a medium bowl, beat melted butter, dark brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla extract, and salt together.
  • Punch dough in the center to deflate. Turn dough onto a floured work surface and roll into a 9×13-inch rectangle. Sprinkle chopped pecans evenly across the top.
  • Tightly roll the dough into a jelly roll, starting at the long end. With the seam-side down, cut dough into 9 equal-sized pieces.
  • Grease a 9-inch cast-iron skillet with softened butter. Place cinnamon rolls into the cast-iron skillet, cut side up, touching each other. Cover with plastic wrap and a dish towel and let double in volume, about 45 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Bake rolls until golden brown and expanded about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.
  • In the meantime, work on the sauce. In a saucepan, combine brown sugar, 1/4 cup cold water, and Hennessey, and cook to dissolve sugar, for about 5 minutes. Whisk in the remaining butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar until a sauce is formed.
  • Pour glaze on top of cinnamon rolls, and sprinkle with pecans. Allow glaze to set before serving, about 20 minutes.

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