For years our family has had the tradition of eating a nice Christmas breakfast together, including cinnamon rolls. They were always one of the highlights for the kids (well, for everyone). The year I was diagnosed with celiac disease, we went without cinnamon rolls. No one complained, but it just wasn’t the same, and I was determined to find a recipe by the next Christmas.
I tried a number of recipes and ended up modifying one that I was pretty happy with. We had those every Christmas until last year. That’s when I found Roben Ryberg’s cinnamon roll recipe. I was blown away. It was so easy and so very very good. My family raved about them. I will never go back to my old recipe, however, I have had a desire to modify Roben’s recipe.
Like my son, you’re probably wondering why I would want to modify something that is already practically perfect. After trying to explain to my son without using these words he said, “Oh, you want to make them healthier.” Yes. I do. I don’t want to ruin them, but Roben’s recipe uses only starch as the flour. So today I tried one simple modification. I substituted sorghum flour for the potato starch.
The verdict: My family didn’t notice any difference. It has been months since I made them, so the old recipe is not fresh in their minds. They were mostly surprised that I made cinnamon rolls and thrilled to eat them. I noticed the difference. The sorghum added a slightly different flavor. They were a little heavier and didn’t fill out as much. They seemed a little dryer, but then I realized I forgot to add the oil. One big concern I had was how the dough would handle, but that was fine. Overall, I was very pleased with the results.
I put the rolls together in slightly less than half an hour and they baked for 20 minutes. From start to finish you can have fresh delicious cinnamon rolls in less than an hour! That’s better than you can do with wheat flour. You can also put the unbaked rolls in the refrigerator overnight and bake them in the morning. I did that last Christmas and didn’t notice any difference from when I baked them immediately. Here is the recipe with my modification and more in depth instructions for how to make them.
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- ¼ cup sugar
- ⅔ cup milk, warm
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 Tablespoon instant (bread machine) yeast
- ½ cup sorghum flour
- 1 cup corn starch
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- 2½ teaspoons xanthan gum
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ⅔ - 1 cup brown sugar
- 1¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅓ cup chopped nuts (optional)
- ¾ cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Using a mixer, combine the butter and sugar. Mix well. Add all but 2 Tablespoons of the milk, the egg, oil, and vanilla.
- Combine the dry ingredients and add to the wet mixture. (If you don't use instant yeast, you should add it to the milk.) Beat on high until well mixed with no lumps. The dough will be soft. Add remaining milk if dough is dry.
- Lay out a pastry mat or piece of plastic wrap and sprinkle it with sugar. Lay the dough on top and cover it with another piece of plastic wrap. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough into a 13½ inch square. Lift the top piece of plastic wrap often and reposition if necessary. You can spray the wrap with cooking spray if the dough is sticking.
- Combine the filling ingredients. Remove the top layer of plastic wrap. Spread the filling on the dough leaving a margin at one side. As you roll the dough, the filling with get shifted. The margin keeps it from being pushed all the way out at the end.
- Roll the dough by lifting up the plastic wrap. Once you get the roll started, it will roll on its own. Once rolled, smooth out the edge. If you want nice clean end pieces, cut a little off each end. I leave them as is.
- Cut the roll into 8 slices. I cut the roll in half, then cut each half in half, then cut the quarters in half. Use a sharp knife. I find it helps to spray it with cooking spray.
- Place the rolls in a glass pie dish and bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
- Combine the glaze ingredients. Add milk a teaspoon at a time until the glaze is the right consistency. You can adjust the amount of glaze to your taste. Drizzle the glaze over the warm rolls and serve.
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