Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls
I began last year by giving up sugar for a month… and I begin this year with a very indulgent cinnamon roll recipe. Forward progress? Irony? Who cares, because these cinnamon rolls are legit delicious.
Seriously though, I do want to pause and acknowledge the fact that it is the beginning of a new year, and I’m sure your lives – whether digital or physical – are saturated with people talking about their big plans and intentions for the new year.
The thing is, for me, 2018 was one hell of a year. I set quite a few goals for myself at the outset of it, and I think actually accomplished almost all of them. I worked to fix my posture so I wouldn’t look like a bum in all our wedding photos and gained about 10 lbs of muscle in the process. I took a more hands-on approach with my personal finances & budget and didn’t freak out once a quarter about where all my money went. We got married, which was obviously a success, but I pretty much overdosed in organization. And at work I endured three re-orgs and an equal amount of managers, and still managed to convince everyone I deserved a promotion. I tried and was not as successful at “fixing” my acne, but I did do a ton of research.
I say all this not to brag, but to point out that by the end of the year, I didn’t feel like I was crushing it. Yes, I accomplished a lot. But by the end of the year I feel like I was the one that had been crushed. By a very large and fast train. Maybe we call that burnout? And it turns out one week in Mexico — as perfect as it was — was not enough to undo a years’ worth of stress.
So in 2019, I’m ready to… chill the eff out, relax, and give myself some slack. Sure, I’m not just going to sit around and do nothing, but I have no desire to be all gung-ho crazy about setting and achieving goals right now. And since Jan 1 is an arbitrary date anyway, I’m planning on just continuing life as normal — with maybe a few more couch cuddles and a few less workouts (ha. maybe).
Ok, enough about my New Year’s Apathy, let’s get to the more important bit: these beauties.
I’ve got another low FODMAP cinnamon roll recipe on the blog already, but forget those. THESE are where it’s at. That recipe was made with gluten-free flours, plus a little vital wheat gluten to hold them together. Although adding gluten back in helped hold the dough together so it wasn’t a crumbly mess, they still didn’t have that magical, stretchy-fluffy quality about them that can only be achieved with wheat flour.
Maybe the idea of sourdough cinnamon rolls sounds odd, but I promise you they don’t taste sour in the least and you’d seriously never know! Marc, who grew up eating his grandma’s homemade cinnamon rolls, gave them a “these are the best cinnamon rolls I’ve had in awhile.” The filling oozes out as they rise and bake, creating a caramelized cinnamon-y crust on the bottom, and they get lightly toasted on the top while staying soft and chewy on the inside. And flaky! As they should be, as there’s almost an entire stick butter in just six rolls 😂
Confused about all this talk of sourdough? Read all about sourdough and why it’s low FODMAP.
So listen. Maybe you too are feeling beaten down by 2018, or overwhelmed by 2019. I can’t promise these cinnamon rolls will fix all your problems, but the act of taking the time to lovingly labor over this dough might just be the comfort you need. These guys won’t give you a six pack and definitely don’t fit in any sort of New Year’s diet, but that’s all overrated anyway. Cinnamon rolls on the other hand, are not.
The timeline is super flexible, and I include the length of each step in the instructions below. Feel free to adjust, but this is what I usually do.
Mix — 30 min (9:00)
Bulk fermentation — 2 hr (9:30-11:30)
Chill — 3-4 hr (11:30-2:30 pm)
Shape & make filling — 30 min (2:30)
Proof — 2-5hr (3:00-8:00)
Chill — overnight (8:00 pm)
Preheat oven — 40 min
Bake — 40-50 min
Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls
Brown sugar filling mixture
Mix the dough (30 mins)
Bulk fermentation (2 hrs)
Chill dough (3-4 hrs)
Shape & make filling (30 mins)
Proof (2-5 hrs)
Preheat oven (30 mins) and bake (50 mins)