Brunch is seriously one of the best meals ever invented. I adamantly despise mornings. Not sunrises or fresh morning air exactly, but I dislike having to get up in the morning. Partially because I'm a serious committed night owl (regularly going to bed at 2-3 AM), and because my bed is very comfortable. Which is why brunch is so awesome. It's all the joys of breakfast, just at a later happier time. (I personally like the name Elevenses, over brunch, but then it has to happen at eleven o'clock.)
What better culinary creation to have for brunch, than cinnamon rolls? Though, I have not made or eaten any in a long while. (If you would like my non gluten free recipe for cinnamon rolls, click HERE.)
Gluten free cinnamon rolls are a lot more difficult to work with than normal flour ones. However, they are manageable, just be very careful while rolling them up, because the dough is prone to cracking.
GLUTEN FREE CINNAMON ROLLS:
TIME: 140 minutes (2 hours 20 minutes)
PREP: 2 hours
COOK: 20 minutes
2 cups milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons (or 0.25 oz) yeast
4 cups, +1/2 cup gluten free flour, divided,
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3/4 cup butter, melted
2 cups brown sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
4 oz cream cheese, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Heat oil, milk, and sugar until warm. Mix in yeast, and let sit for 10 minutes, or until foamy.
Combine yeast mixture and 4 cups of flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Allow to rise for about 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F, and grease a 9x13" pan.
Once risen, knead into dough the additional 1/2 cup of flour. Remove from bowl, and place on a large surface dusted with flour. Roll out into a large rectangle. Spread the melted butter over the dough, and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.
Carefully roll the dough into a large log-like shape, and slice it into 12 pieces. Place rolls into the prepared pan, and bake for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
Once roll are finished cooking, combine cream cheese, milk, sugar, and vanilla. Spread over the rolls, and allow to cool for about 10 minutes before serving.