Apricot filled Envelopes

Apricot filled Envelopes

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 oz.) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 1/4 cup undiluted evaporated milk or half and half
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 3 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup dried apricots, snipped
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons apricot jello
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted

Instructions

In a small bowl, sprinkle yeast on the warm water, stir to dissolve and let stand until bubbly. In a small saucepan, heat evaporated milk, sugar and salt to warm to 105-115, stirring constantly. Pour warm milk mixture into a large mixer bowl; beat in dissolved yeast, egg, butter and 2 cups flour to make a soft sponge. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise about 1 hour, until dough is bubbly. Stir in the rest of the flour to make a soft dough, mixing until dough begins to leave the sides of the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise again until doubled, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Lightly grease large baking sheets. Punch dough down. Turn dough out on lightly floured surface; knead a few minutes and form dough into a smooth ball. Cut the dough into 3 equal parts. Working with 1 piece of dough at a time, roll the dough into a 12 inch square. Cut the dough into 12 squares. Place 1 teaspoon filling in the center of each square. Bring the corners to the center to enclose the filling, gently pinching to seal. Dip the top of the roll in melted butter then in sugar and flour mixture. Place on baking sheet, reshaping roll if needed, and sprinkle with a little more topping (or place roll on baking sheet and brush with melted butter and sprinkle generously with topping). Cover rolls with plastic wrap and let rise for about 45 minutes, until your fingerprint remains when you touch the dough. Preheat oven to 400. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until rolls are golden brown. Cool on wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature. Roll freeze well. Makes 3 dozen rolls. In a small saucepan over low heat, combine apricots and water. Simmer, covered, about 10 minutes, until apricots have softened, stirring occasionally. In a small bowl, mix sugar and cornstarch. Stir into apricot mixture, and simmer, stirring constantly, a few minutes more, until the mixture thickens. Stir in gelatin until thoroughly blended. Remove from heat, puree in the blender and set aside to cool. Topping: In a pie pan or other shallow container mix sugar and flour. Pour melted butter into another shallow container.

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