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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Before going gluten free I would make cinnamon rolls quite a bit.  We always ate them on Christmas morning, but we also ate them about once a month.  I would use whole wheat flour in them and they were so good.  The best part was that they would rise.  That is what I miss the most after going gluten free.  Things that rise.

I am pleased to announce that I finally found the perfect recipe and mix of flours to get my cinnamon rolls to rise again!



I used Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman Cooks recipe but tweaked it to be my own!

Here is the recipe I used, notice this is what I used not what the original recipe calls for.  You'll need to go to the actual recipe to view the regular gluten filled recipe.

Ingredients:
1 quart lactose free whole milk(or can use goat milk)
1 cup olive oil
1 cup demerara sugar(I ground this up with a coffee grinder to make it very fine)
2 Tb active dry yeast
8 cups(plus 1 cup separated) gluten free flour blend
2 tsp guar gum
1 heaping tsp baking powder
1 scant tsp baking soda
1 Tb salt
melted butter(I use real butter and used 1 cup)
2 cups finely ground demerara
cinnamon(I didn't measure this, but I used quite a bit because I love cinnamon)

Heat the milk up in a saucepan with the olive oil and 1 cup sugar over medium heat.  You want to scald this well.  For those that don't know to scald is to get it to the point right before boiling.  Normally you'll see bubbles starting to form around the edge of the pan.

Remove this from heat and set aside until it is just warm, no longer hot.  Sprinkle the 2 Tb yeast over the top of this.  I let this set for around 10 minutes or until you can smell the yeast working and start to bubble or froth.

Add the 8 cups of flour.  Stir until combined.  Then cover with a clean kitchen towel and let set aside in a warm place for one hour.  This allows it to start rising and lets the yeast continue to feed and build.

After the 1 hour, remove the towel and add the guar gum, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and last cup of flour.  Stir thoroughly to combine it all.  Here is where you have a choice to make. You can either use the dough all up now,  refrigerate part of it, etc.  I always just use it all up now!  However, the recipe did say you can refrigerate for up to 3 days, I'm not sure though what this would do with gluten free dough.

Now comes the fun of making the cinnamon rolls!!

Take half the dough to work with and put the other half in the refrigerator for now.  I took and put  some parchment paper down on my countertop and put a small sprinkling of my flour blend on that to help with sticking.  I then placed the dough ball down and put a bit more flour on top of that to allow me to roll it out into a good sized rectangle.  The recipe says 30 by 10 inches, but I didn't measure mine.  I made it the same size of my parchment paper.  Very important not to go off the paper as it's important to help with rolling.

Now is the fun part.  Melt up your butter and place it on the dough.  Use your hands or a pastry brush to smooth the butter out over the dough.  This is going to help it stick together so use a good amount.  Sprinkle half of the finely ground demerara(so 1 cup) over the dough and cover with cinnamon.  If it's doesn't look like it's going to be enough you're free to add more butter, cinnamon, or sugar of course!

Now is the part that can be tricky with gluten free, the rolling up.  I took the edge of parchment paper furthest from me and slowly pulled it up off the counter and towards me.  Just the edge.  You don't want to pull too much up or it won't roll correctly.  The dough falls down off the edge and ontop of the next part and you just continue to gently do this until it's fully rolled.

Cutting.  I have always used a knife to cut my cinnamon rolls.  You cut them to your desired thickness.  I cut mine at about an inch thickness each.  You can do smaller or larger at your own taste.

Take the pan you're going to use.  I have an 11 by 19 cake pan that I use.  Put more butter into the bottom of the pan and swirl it to make sure the sides get coated as well.  Then place the cut cinnamon rolls into the pan.  If I have any cinnamon sugar mixture that has oozed out of the cinnamon rolls I make sure to scrape that off and put it on top of the rolls before baking.

Preheat the oven now for 375 degrees and place the pan of rolls on the counter covered with a kitchen towel.  Let these set for at least 20 minutes to let them rise again.

Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown.  Don't let them get too brown or they'll be hard and dried out.

Fresh out of the oven.


You can use the icing recipe that The Pioneer Woman uses with this recipe but I just made a simple cream cheese icing recipe and topped them with that.  Best served warm.  These were so good!   Yum!

Gorgeous and delicious!

Shared on:  Wellness Wednesdays, Simple Living Wednesdays, Allergy Free Wednesdays, Homemaking Linkup, Wise Woman Linkup, Real Food Wednesday, Proverbs 31 Thursdays, Thrifty Thursday, Gluten Free Fridays,



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36 comments:

  1. These look sooooo yummy! They are making me hungry right now :) thank you for linking this recipe up at Wellness Wednesday!

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  2. Looks very very good and light and fluffy yet fulfilling. I am sure it is much healthier than the store bought kind :D PLH

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  3. I would love to make these, especially not that it is winter! This recipe looks easy to make,and I like that it is gluten free! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I'm clueless when it comes to gluten-free recipes, but those rolls look delicious.

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  5. Your recipes always look so good. I would love to try them.

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  6. This looks delicious! I need to make sure I have all the ingredients because I would like to make it this weekend, thanks!

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  7. Your cinnamon rolls look delicious!

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    1. Thanks Amanda! I bet you guys have made some really good ones at your bakery. I'm still getting the hang of this. I hate how things don't rise the way they used to.

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    1. I get my guar gum at Hy-Vee in their health food section. You can also use xantham gum, but guar gum is about half the cost. You can also find guar gum on Amazon if your local Hy-Vee doesn't carry it.

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  9. this recipe sounds easy enough that even I could make it. I am going to try it tonight!

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  10. This looks delish! I'm glad you included a link to your flour blend recipe. I am always trying out different blends. Our GF house has really missed cinnamon rolls!

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  11. Looks soooo good! Wonderful recipe :)

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  12. Mmmm looks yummy, will have to try these out this weekend

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  13. These look yummy :-) will have to print and save

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  14. wow these look so good, thanks for the recipe

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  15. Yay!! So nice to have a yummy looking gluten free recipe!! Can't wait to try this!

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  16. I love cinnamon, I am gluten free. I have pinned this to my board of things to try! Thanks for posting it, I am enjoyng my first tour of this Thursday meme.


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  17. Wow! That looks so delicious!!! Can't wait to send this to my gluten free friend!!

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  18. These look delicious!! Will be making them soon!

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  19. Wow! These are calling out my tastebuds looks tasty! Defiantly giving these a try ;) Thanks

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  20. I'm visiting from Allergy Free Wednesday. These look yummy! I'm going to TRY to convert to dairy free...Thank you!

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    1. I used lactose free milk, so you should be able to use coconut or almond milk and come out okay. They just take a LOT longer to scald than regular milk. As for the butter, I've used olive oil and coconut oil in place of that before as well! Good luck!

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  21. Thanks for the gluten free recipe my friend's son has to have some good things for treats this one really works....

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  22. I made these last night, and I thought my family was going to kill each other just to get another one.;) this is a great recipe. thanks!

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  23. This sounds like a great recipe, but I might add alittle less cinnamonand add some cardamon.

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  24. This looks and sounds so good for being gluten free!!

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  25. These look scrumptious. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  26. These look incredible! I don't cook gluten-free very often, but my father-in-law and brother-in-law are gluten intolerant, so when I need to find something to bring for a family dinner it can be a big struggle to find something for them that gluten-eaters will also like! I think these will be great for the next one :D

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  27. These look really good! Going to have to give it a try! And I agree- I miss things rising the way they are suppose to!

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  28. These look absolutely delicious! I am going to have to share this recipe with my wife. :)

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  29. I am honestly at a loss for words, this looks and sounds SO good! I'd love some on a lazy saturday morning with my coffee! YUM
    Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

    On the Gluten Free Fridays tab we have new badges for you to display on your blog. There are a few different choices for you. There are varying sizes as well. If you've had a featured recipe in the past, feel free to grab one of those badges as well! They are free for the taking; use as you wish! Thanks for supporting our GF community and spreading the word!

    Thanks for linking back to the Gluten Free Fridays post!

    See you at the link up this week!

    Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

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  30. I'll definitely try this gluten free recipe soon.
    Looks delicious!! I wonder if I can replace butter for olive oil.

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