Cassava Flour Cinnamon Rolls
Delicious Grain-Free Cinnamon Rolls
Is there anything better than the smell of freshly made Grain-Free Cinnamon Rolls on a Sunday morning? The answer is a decided, no. We worked hard to make this crowd favorite, a favorite for a crowd. Meaning we made it Gluten-free, Grain-free, AND Nut-free, so everyone can indulge - without worry! These ooey gooey Cinnamon Rolls won't last long, so better run and grab one!
- 2 ¼ cups Otto's Naturals - Cassava Flour
- 1 package (2 ¼ teaspoons, 7 grams) Rapid Rise or Active Dry yeast
- 1 cup of milk
- ¼ cup sugar or granulated maple sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 eggs
- 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- ¾ cup packed light brown sugar, maple sugar or coconut sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 5 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- ½ cup powdered sugar of choice
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-3 Tablespoons milk of choice
- Add Otto’s Naturals - Cassava Flour and salt in a mixing bowl of a stand mixer on low for a few seconds using the paddle attachment.
- Heat the milk and sugar in a small saucepan over medium/low heat until the sugar is dissolved (stirring while heating). Heat the mixture to between 120°F - 130°F for Rapid Rise yeast or between 100°F - 110°F for Active Dry yeast. Milk should be warm, but not hot to the touch (or it will kill your yeast). Sprinkle the yeast on top and incorporate the yeast into the milk/sugar mixture using a small fork or whisk. You should see a good amount of frothing when it is ready. This can take anywhere from 5-20 minutes.
- With Stand mixer on low, pour the liquids into flour and mix until well incorporated.
- Add eggs, one at a time. Continue mixing until a dough begins to form.
- Pour in the melted butter to make the dough soft.
- Knead the dough on medium speed for 8 minutes. Every 2-3 minutes during mixing, stop the machine, scrape dough down off the bowl & paddle, and then continue kneading. Check the dough while scraping it down. If the dough is too sticky, add additional flour 1 tablespoon at a time (mix in thoroughly before determining if more flour is needed). If the dough seems too dry, spritz with water from a spray bottle a couple of times or add a ¼ tsp of water at a time (mix in thoroughly before determining if more water is needed). You should be left with a soft workable dough.
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Lightly dust hands with flour and knead the dough a few times by hand to be sure it’s smooth. Form the dough into a ball. Cover and set aside.
- To make the cinnamon filling: In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar and ground cinnamon. Combine softened butter with cinnamon mixture and mix well.
- Roll out the dough into a 9-10 x 16-inch rectangle on a lightly floured Silpat. The dough should roll out approximately ¼ inch thick. (Lightly flour the rolling pin as needed. The dough should not stick to the rolling pin.)
- Spread the filling on top. Patch any cracks as you go. Make sure to spread the filling to the edges so all of the rolls have an even amount of filling in them.
- Pick up the long side of the Silpat and start to roll the long side of the dough as tightly as possible. Continue to use the Silpat to push the dough in order to continue to finish rolling into a log. If any cracks form, patch them up as you go. This is more prone to happen in the first roll or two.
- Using dental floss, cut the log into 11 equal size pieces. Begin by sliding the dental floss under the log while gently lifting it. At each cut location, cross your hands over the top of the log to make a scissor and cut the piece. Pieces are approximately 1.5” long
- Transfer the pieces to a 9” round glass baking pan. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let it rise for about 1 hour. While the dough is rising, preheat the oven to 350°F. (Yeast is a funny thing. Your dough might need more than an hour to rise. Be patient and just keep an eye on it. These won't double in size during the rise, but you'll want to see some good plumping before popping them in the oven.)
- Cover the rolls with tin foil and poke a few holes in the top to vent. Bake for about 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow rolls to cool some before icing. The hotter the cinnamon rolls are the more the icing will sink in.
- To make the icing: In a small bowl, mix powdered sugar and vanilla. Add milk ½ Tablespoon at a time until a smooth and slightly runny mixture is formed. Drizzle the icing over the cinnamon rolls.
Tips for Making Gluten-Free Cinnamon Rolls
Don’t be intimidated by the thought of using a gluten-free yeast dough for your cinnamon rolls. The most important thing in making these cinnamon rolls is the gluten-free flour you choose. In this recipe, we highly recommend using Otto’s Naturals Cassava Flour. Not all cassava flour performs the same, but you can count on Otto's again and again because it is the highest quality on the market and is specifically designed to act as closely to all-purpose flour as possible.
The next important ingredient is the yeast. For this one you can use either Rapid Rise or Active Dry yeast. We recommend Red Star brand if you can find it. When buying yeast if you can find it in the refrigerated section it's more likely to be active.
Temperature and moisture are also very important in yeast baking. Yeast grows and rises in warm and moist environments. For example, if the milk is too hot, it will kill the yeast. Also, if you do not have a warm enough environment, the yeast will not rise correctly.
Follow the ingredients and the steps and we’re sure that you’ll have fantastic results with these Gluten-free, Grain-Free Cassava Flour cinnamon rolls!