Breakfast treats are the best, and since pop-tarts have zero nutritional value we have had to find yummy warm treats we can enjoy with coffee. These are a house favorite and staple, and guests have enjoyed them as well. Making your own dough can seem overwhelming but this recipe is pretty easy and foolproof. These cinnamon rolls are definitely not gluten-free but they are made of whole-grain flour so have plenty of nutritional value.
Ingredients for the dough:
1 ½ cups of hot water
⅓ cup oil
⅓ cup raw honey
2 tsp. salt
2 T lecithin
1 tsp. gluten
4 to 4 ½ cups whole wheat flour (I use all freshly ground hard white wheat. You can use sprouted spelt flour as well. The cinnamon rolls will just be a bit denser)
1 T yeast
1 ½ cups of coconut sugar
1 stick of butter, melted
1 T of cinnamon (I use the Vietnamese cinnamon from Penzey’s spices. It was chosen by Cook’s Magazine as the best cinnamon on the market)
2 ounces of mascarpone cheese or cream cheese
1 tsp. vanilla
1 ½ cups of powdered sugar (or more depending on what texture you like your frosting…I used this Monkfruit powdered sugar)
2 T of milk or nut milk of choice
1. Combine water, oil, honey, salt, and egg. Add lecithin, gluten, and then slowly add in the flour and then the yeast.
2. Knead the soft dough for about 5 minutes (If you have a bread machine you can use it for these. I use the Zojirushi bread machine and simply toss all the ingredients in there on a dough setting).
3. Let the dough rise until its doubled and then roll it out into a large approximately 18-inch rectangle on a floured surface.
4. Mix the filling ingredients and spread over the dough rectangle.
5. Roll the dough tightly from top to bottom in a roll.
6. Using a serrated knife cut the rolls into 1 ½ inch slices. Using two greased 9 inch round cake pans place 7 rolls in each pan.
7. Cover with a towel and let them rise again for about 30-50 minutes.
8. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes depending on your oven.
9. Remove when golden on top and allow to cool in the pan.
10. For the frosting beat the mascarpone cheese, milk, and vanilla until well combined and then add the sugar gradually.
11. Spread the frosting over the warm rolls and enjoy!
Recipe makes approx 14 rolls.
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