Cinnamon Roll Bear Claws - Fire up your Oven, Day 1

By Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen - Wednesday, April 01, 2015

We are starting another Mega Marathon from today. Last year we did two Mega Marathons Indian Food Odyssey, a virtual tour around Indian States and Around the world in 30 days, a taste of World Cuisine, and a bakethon of baked goodies!!!  This Mega Marathon, is going to be Baking yes, you are going to see delicious bakes for the next 30 days, titled Fire up your Oven!
Unlike other marathons, this time i planned my posts and bakes well ahead. I had a list of bakes ready in December 2014 and started working on it slowly. My idea was to get first 2 weeks posts ready, so if at all i lag i can make up the other weeks as we proceed. 
Since, Valli gave us a open theme of Baking, we marathoners have planned for a sub theme every week. In that genre, this week it is going to be Twist and Roll. You will be seeing some shaped rolls. In this sub theme, today i m giving you Bear Claws. 
The name is what, made me see what these rolls are. The rolls are shaped in such a way, it represent a bear's claw. First i thought, it is a tough shape to get, but then i didn't want to let go, so i checked some you tube videos to nail the shape. It is not too tough, the video i followed, explained it so very well. It is a simple cinnamon roll, that is shaped in such a way to look like a claw, a very beautiful claw i must say! So, try the shape and enjoy the Oh wow!!! from your family.

Source : Two of a Kind 
For Dough
3½ cups all-purpose flour
1¼ cups milk
¼ cup sugar
1.5 tbsp instant yeast
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1½ teaspoons salt
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3  cup light brown sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, divided

½ cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon milk
2 dahses of vanilla extract

  • I used my food processor to knead the dough. you can even hand knead the dough. Warm milk in microwave for 20 seconds, it should warm, not boiling hot. Add butter to this. Take flour, sugar, salt and yeast in the processor bowl. Pulse twice to combine. Now slowly add milk to the flour mix and start kneading to a soft dough. 
  • Knead about 5-6 minutes in medium speed to get a nice soft and smooth dough. It will take about 8-10 minutes if kneading by hand to get a soft dough. Keep the dough in a well-oiled bowl and covered and let it rise about 1-2 hours or until it has doubled in size. I left the dough for 90 minutes.
  • When the dough is rising, keep filling ready by mixing cinnamon and sugar together and the butter on the counter to get soft. Not to make the bear claws. Roll teh dough into a 15x12 inch rectangle. Spread about 3 tbsp of butter on the rolled rectangle. Spread cinnamon sugar generously on top of the butter. Now roll the dough into a log, pinch the seam to seal. I cut the log into 4 pieces measuring 3 inches each.
  • Now to shape it into a bear claw. Work with one cut piece at a time. Make 3 or 4 slits on one side of the log. Carefully lift it and place in a baking sheet, slightly tilting the edges to make a curve.  Repeat the same with the rest of the dough.
  • Let the bear claws rest for 15 minutes. while it is resting, preheat the oven to 180C. Brush the claws generously with butter and bake them for around 30-40 minutes or until golden brown. Mine were done by 30 minutes. Once done, take it out and let it cool completely on a wire rack. 
  • While the claws are cooling down, make the sugar glaze by mixing powdered sugar and water and vanilla extract. Using a fork or a piping bag, drizzle glaze on the claws. 
  • Serve them warm. My Kiddo's enjoyed them to the last bite, Kuttu even took it to his school snack for next day. This is a definitely keeper recipe for the fun-shape and also for the taste.

Day 1

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  1. Wow, bear claws looks absolutely stunning Priya, they came out extremely prefect and stunning start..

  2. It is indeed a oh, wow bread! :) Thanks for sharing the step by step shaping of the rolls. As you say, it might not be as complicated as it looks. Looks forward to your interesting bakes.

  3. Stunning rolls, Priya! They look so very professional! Good one to start off the marathon.

  4. Looks so tempting,same pinch I too made the same recipe,will be posting next week..Such a flavorful and delicious one..even my kiddo enjoyed to the core...

  5. That's a different shape to the traditional cinnamon roll! Looks good!

  6. A very cute shaped roll and a very sweet start to the month. Looking forward to the rest.

  7. You'd rarely find claws as enticing as this one :) Lovely recipe to start the marathon with And I can imagine how much the boys must have enjoyed this one. Really interesting shape to try

  8. Aw that's a lovely sub theme, live to see different shapes and Twist and Roll sounds so good, only Priya can think of such titles. Btw the claws look great.

  9. looks tempting :) happy baking looking forwards to see all the bakes :) you gals rock

  10. This looks awesome and love the shape and the name for the bake....I am so looking forward to all the wonderful bakes :)

  11. the rolls are looking awesome. a must do I say... Bookmarked!!!

  12. lovely sub-theme Priya - Twist and roll :-)) its as tempting as it looks.. almost like cinnamon rolls but with a twist :-)) super start, look forward to ur series :-)

  13. Love the shape of the bread! Will keep my eye on your blog on the bakes that you come up with... :)

  14. Beautiful shape!!! It has come out perfectly...

  15. Wow Priya trust you to come up with such interesting sub themes..can't wait to read more..thse bear claws look so cute!

  16. OMG twist and roll super choice Priya and these cinnamon rolls looks awesome looking forward to your next bakes...

  17. I love cinnamon rolls and this fancy bear claw shaped rolls look awesome.

  18. Such and nice and different theme Priya. The claws looks so good. Can't wait to see the other bakes in this series.

  19. wow Priya!!!I am in love with this fancy shaped bake. Waiting to see all your bakes in this series

  20. Love the way you made the claws :-). Very nice.

  21. Interesting theme Priya. Claws looks great and excited to see your other creations too

  22. beautifully shaped, this will be fun month to do with you priya...

  23. Yumm, yumm!! Those bear claws look awesome. I think I saw them at a bakery before, but never tried them. Thanks for the recipe, these are great for snacking :-)
    Looking forward to all your bakes this month.

  24. Wow Priya this is amazingly beautiful. I love the bear claws planning to use you as a catspaw to get them....

  25. Cinnamon roll lovers would get to eat a large portion this way and my kids would love to do it. :) Looking forward to your 'Twist & Roll' posts.

  26. Beautiful and amazing bear claws. Lovely pics.


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