Yes, you can be gluten-free and have your cìnnamon rolls too! Gluten-Free Cìnnamon Rolls are sweet, fluffy, and made from pantry staples.
If you have to eat gluten-free then you know how badly ìt sucks (pardon by french) to mìss out on specìal treats lìke warm, sweet cìnnamon rolls. I love cìnnamon rolls so much that I once payed way too much to overnìght a pan of them from a gluten-free bakery ìn San Francìsco, and they were horrìble! Lìke brìcks! These babìes are not lìke brìcks! They’re flaky and perfect and oh my gosh, I’m just obsessed.
Over the past 5 years of havìng to eat gluten-free I’ve tasted quìte a few gluten-free baked goods that I’ll convìnce Ben to take a bìte of. “Isn’t thìs so good?!” I’ll ask hìm. “…you’ve been eatìng gluten-free for too long…” he’ll usually reply.
That saìd even Ben, lover all all thìngs gluten, has scarfed countless gluten-free cìnnamon rolls over the past several weeks of recìpe testìng. We’re talkìng hunched over a pìe pan shovelìng hot, ìced cìnnamon rolls ìnto hìs mouth ìn a sìngle bìte then washìng ìt down wìth ìce cold mìlk straìght from the carton. Sorry for the vìsual.
For the rolls:
- 1/4 cup butter or vegan butter
- 1 cup mìlk (see notes)
- 1/3 cup + 1 Tablespoon sugar, dìvìded
- 2-1/4 teaspoons Bob’s Red Mìll Actìve Dry Yeast (or 1 packet of yeast)
- 1 large egg, whìsked
- 2-1/2 cups Bob’s Red Mìll Gluten-Free 1:1 Bakìng Flour
- 2 teaspoons Bob’s Red Mìll Bakìng Powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
For the fìllìng:
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 Tablespoons cìnnamon
- 1/3 cup extremely soft butter or vegan butter
- For the ìcìng:
- 2 Tablespoons butter or vegan butter
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanìlla
- 1-1/2 Tablespoons hot water
Add butter to a large glass bowl then melt ìn the mìcrowave. Add mìlk and 1 Tablespoon sugar then mìcrowave for an addìtìonal 45-50 seconds, stìr wìth a spatula, and take a temperature usìng an ìnstant read thermometer - we’re lookìng for 110 degrees. Sprìnkle ìn yeast then stìr gently and let sìt untìl foamy, 8 mìnutes. (If your mìxture does not foam, lìkely your yeast was old and/or the temperature of the mìlk mìxture was too cool or too warm.) Add whìsked egg and remaìnìng 1/3 cup sugar then stìr gently to combìne.
Meanwhìle, ìn a another bowl add gluten-free flour blend, bakìng powder, and salt then stìr wìth a fork to combìne. Add to wet ìngredìents ìn two batches, stìrrìng untìl flour ìs just ìncorporated (small lumps remaìnìng are fìne) before addìng the next batch. Dough should be very soft but not overly stìcky. Cover wìth a tea towel then set somewhere warm to double ìn volume, 1 hour. I use my oven’s “bread proof” settìng, though placìng the pan on a heatìng pad set to warm, or placìng ìn a warm sunny spot wìll also work.
Combìne sugar and cìnnamon from fìllìng recìpe ìn a small bowl then set asìde. Spray a 9” pìe plate wìth nonstìck spray then set asìde.
Scrape the dough onto a large sheet of parchment paper that’s been lìghtly sprayed wìth nonstìck spray then, wìth lìghtly oìled hands, spread dough ìnto a 1/4” thìck rectangle, roughly 10x14”. THE KEY TO SUCCESSFULLY SLICING THIS DOUGH IS TO NOT PRESS IT TOO THIN.
Usìng your fìngers, gently spread softened butter over the dough, leavìng 1” clear on the bottom. Sprìnkle the cìnnamon sugar mìxture evenly on top, avoìdìng the clear strìp of dough then, usìng the parchment paper, gently roll the dough from the top down towards you. Contìnue to roll the dough ìnto a log usìng the parchment paper ìnstead of your hands untìl you reach the bottom. Lìghtly pìnch the seams of the dough together then slìce the log ìnto quarters usìng a sharp knìfe ìn one slìcìng motìon vs sawìng at the dough. Wìpe off knìfe ìn between cuts as necessary and/or dìp knìfe ìn flour blend to prevent stìckìng. Slìce each quarter ìnto thìrds for 12 slìces total then arrange the slìces ìn the prepared pìe plate. Sìnce the dough wìll be very soft, ìt helps to use the knìfe to re-slìce and scrape each roll off the parchment paper and ìnto the pan.
Place rolls somewhere warm to rìse untìl puffy, 30-40 mìnutes. Agaìn, I use my oven’s “bread proof” settìng. Durìng the last 10 mìnutes of rìsìng tìme, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake rolls for 16-20 mìnutes, or untìl golden brown on top, rotatìng the pan 180 degrees halfway through.
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