It’s a holiday weekend here in the United States, and I like to cook something special for the holidays. In the past I’d make the biggest pan of frosted brownies you’ve ever seen and make sure we were stocked up with plenty of candy, chips and junk.
I know that cinnamon rolls aren’t usually considered a health food. But these cinnamon rolls I made the other day with the recipe from my blog friend Jeanette are so tasty, and really not bad for you. The basis for the dough is the bread recipe I use when grinding the wheat and making my weekly sandwich bread. Here’s the post about my bread making.
When I make the bread, I put it directly in the loaf pans and let it rise for an hour, then cook up the loaves. But, when I make the cinnamon rolls, I let the dough rise twice and then make the rolls. Here’s how it works:
1 1/4 cups really warm water
2 1/2 tablespoons of honey
2 tablespoons of oil
1 skimpy teaspoon salt
1 real teaspoon yeast
1 teaspoon wheat gluten (optional if you are using packaged whole wheat flour)
2 1/2 to 3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
In a mixing bowl, put water, half of the flour, oil, honey, yeast and gluten. Mix on low until combined. Add the rest of the flour and the salt. Mix and sprinkle in more flour until your dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. If you are using whole wheat flour and having a hard time with the dough pulling away, add a bit of bread flour until the dough pulls away from the side. Knead by hand for 10 minutes or in your machine for 4 to 5 minutes.
Turn into a bowl and cover with a cloth. Let rise until doubled – about an hour in a warmed, turned off oven. (I preheat my oven to 170 degrees for two minutes then turn if off.)
After the first rise, roll the dough out into a rectangle that is about 1/2 inch thick.
Brush with a bit of melted real butter. I used about one to one and a half teaspoons. Not much at all. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. (This is the not so healthy part!)
Roll the whole rectangle up into a log.
Cut across the length of the dough into 1.5 inch strips. Roll up and place cut side down on a baking pan. Cover and let rise again for about an hour.
Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 18 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown. I drizzled (didn’t pour) some powdered sugar/milk glaze on these, but they are good enough all on their own.
I hope you try these for a holiday or special occasion. My kids loved them, and I didn’t think they were half bad. . .
Do you cook something special on holidays? Diane