RECIPE: Gluten free cinnamon rolls!

Yes it IS possible! I’ve made these for my mother and sister in laws the last 2 Christmases and they claim it to be a real treat. I’m trying hard to keep perfecting the baked goods that are close to the original baked treats they miss. Gluten free baking is a lot of trial and error, but if you keep at it you will get it and it doesn’t have to taste like gluten free!

I’ve also had a couple small catering jobs in the last couple weeks and that included some gluten free pumpkin and cranberry orange muffins and they turned out great. My favorite gluten free flour is Domata or Cup 4 Cup.

Recipe for Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls

2 1/2 cups Gluten-Free Multi-Purpose Flour with xanthan gum
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons instant yeast
4 tablespoons soft butter
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup warm milk, plus extra for brushing on the dough
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup brown sugar
4 teaspoons cinnamon

6 tablespoons soft cream cheese
1 1/2 cups glazing sugar or confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup soft butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1) To make the dough: Combine all the dry ingredients in your mixer bowl. Add the soft butter, blending on low speed until you have coarse crumbs.

2) Add the oil, milk, egg, and vanilla, beating until incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Beat on medium-high speed for 2 to 3 minutes; scrape the bowl down again. Cover the dough and let it rise for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until visibly puffy.

3) While the dough is rising, make the cinnamon filling. Combine the brown sugar and cinnamon.

4) When the dough has risen, turn it out onto a lightly greased piece of parchment paper and press it gently into an 8″ x 16″ rectangle.

5) Brush milk over the surface of the dough; this will help keep the rolls and filling from separating as they bake. Spread the filling over the dough, leaving a 1/2″ to 1″ border of filling-free dough around the edges.

6) With the long edge of the parchment closest to you, roll the dough forward, allowing the paper to do the work for you. The dough should release from the paper as you roll. Cut the log into 8 slices, using dental floss. To use floss, draw it under the dough and pull each end simultaneously across the top to cut the rolls.

7) For best results, place each roll into the well of a well-greased muffin pan; they’ll rise higher with the support of the pan. Allow the rolls to rise for 30 minutes, until puffy. Toward the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 350°F.

8) Bake the rolls for 20 to 25 minutes, until they’re golden brown.

9) While the rolls are baking, make the icing. Mix the cream cheese, sugar, butter, and vanilla with an electric mixer until smooth.

10) Remove the rolls from the oven. Ice them immediately.

Yield: 8 rolls.


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