i have not had a cinnamon roll in six and a half years. i have made cinnamon biscuits and attempted some other cinnamon bread things. i tried a box-mix gluten-free cinnamon roll. none of them have worked. none of them have been real cinnamon rolls - yeasty, rising, rolled up with buttery goodness inside, real cinnamon rolls. a few times we have tried the udis brand cinnamon rolls. hard. not gooey. disappointing.
mostly, i just try really hard to not think about cinnamon rolls.
then, a couple nights ago, a friend texted me to ask how to make frosting for cinnamon rolls without using cream cheese. i shared the recipe i still know by heart. and a while later, i had a picture of freshly frosted, cooling cinnamon rolls staring at me from my phone screen. wonderful. not fair.
i started looking for a recipe on pinterest. and found one that looked sort of promising. but i really didn't think that gluten free bread dough could ever be gently kneaded and rolled out. ben told me i should try.
i set coconut milk and eggs out on the counter last night. and this morning, i tried.
i followed the recipe. for flour, i used one cup each tapioca, oat, coconut, and pamela's gluten free artisan blend and one teaspoon xanthan gum. then i added about three quarters of a cup more of oat flour and about half a cup more of pamela's. after i let the dough rise, i used pamela's on the counter and my hands and gently pressed the dough out into a rectangle.
after covering my rectangle with butter and the cinnamon sugar mix, i was able to roll the dough. gingerly. carefully. using my spatula to loosen it from the counter. i couldn't quite believe it was working! i sealed the roll with a bit of water. and cut eleven rolls. (not sure why i didn't cut twelve. but eleven it was.)
they rose! and i put them in the oven. and made glaze. the glaze that i had texted to my friend the other night. the glaze that started this baking venture today.
6 tablespoons coconut milk and 4 tablespoons butter warmed together plus 2 teaspoons vanilla and 2 cups powdered sugar
i think the picture speaks for itself . . .
my six and a half year craving has been satisfied. and there are leftovers. i get to have a cinnamon roll for breakfast. one more thing to be grateful for. and a recipe to save and make again. probably many, many times.
go gently, love fiercely, and be wonderful, my friends. (and make cinnamon rolls.)