My mom always made biscuit style Cinnamon Rolls from her basic biscuit recipe and we all loved them. She never baked with yeast so I never had those soft yeasty-style cinnamon “buns” slathered with icing until I was older. Although I enjoy both of these treats the biscuit recipe is easy so this is the gluten free version of my mom’s recipe for cinnamon rolls.
Binders in Gluten Free Baking
As you become more comfortable with gluten free baking and read more recipes you notice that some use binders and gums. If you’re interested in learning more about them check out this blog post, How To Use Binders in Gluten Free Baking. For now, here are a few points to remember about the role of binders.
- The three most commonly used binders are xanthan gum, guar gum and psyllium husk. They are the glue that gives baked goods their structure.
- They sound like weird ingredients but they’re used in toothpaste, laxatives and all sorts of things you already consume.
- I resisted buying psyllium husk powder for years but it is readily available at health food stores and isn’t expensive. It’s ideal for yeast breads which are always on my list of new recipes to try.
Gluten Free Biscuits
This older recipe for gluten free buttermilk biscuits uses xanthan gum and calls for individual flours and starches. You could use that recipe to make these cinnamon rolls but over time people have told me they prefer the ease of using a gluten free flour blend and I agree.
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Organize For Success – Dusting Flour
When you work with dough you always need a little bit of flour for dusting. Whether you’ve making these cinnamon rolls, sugar cookies or pie pastry if you’re a baker you’ll need some for these jobs. I find sweet rice flour works bests but tapioca starch or any gluten free flour mix can be used as well.
Kitchen Tip – Keep a small jar of flour in with your baking supplies (or where you store your flour) just for sprinkling. Label it accordingly.
Get The Tools
My mom always baked her cinnamon rolls in a metal 9-inch by 13-inch pan with a lid that slides over the top. Although I love that pan I’ve had better luck baking this recipe in a smaller 8-inch by 8-inch pan. In the smaller pan they don’t spread out and are nice and soft.
These biscuits can be made by patting the dough with your hands but I prefer to use a rolling pin. In my cooking classes students often say they like the weight of my heavy marble rolling pin but any kind will do just fine.
The Baking Challenge
Over the years my mom has made countless pans of Cinnamon Rolls and so have I. Now my son makes them too. If you like this recipe keep making it until you have perfected the technique. Challenge yourself to make the same recipe three times within a few weeks. Then it will suddenly seems like an easy recipe that you can make over and over.
Let me know in the comments below how your cinnamon rolls turned out. If you’re adventurous and made some tweaks let me know how it went.
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- 2 cups EGFG gluten free flour blend* (265 g)
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 4 tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- 1½ tsp psyllium husk powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 3 Tbsp butter, chilled and cubed
- ¾ cup plain yogurt (I use 6% Greek yogurt)
- 1 egg lightly beaten
- 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- ½ cup butter room temperature
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp cinnamon
- Beat ingredients in stand mixer until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Set aside.
- In a large bowl whisk together flour mix, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, psyllium husk powder and salt.
- Using a pastry cutter or your fingers rub the butter into the flour mixture until only small pieces of butter remain.
COMBINE WET INGREDIENTS
- In another bowl whisk yogurt, egg, oil and lemon juice.
MAKE BISCUIT DOUGH
- Stir yogurt mixture into flour until well combined.
- Let rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 450°F. Line baking pan with parchment paper.
- Dust the counter and your hands with sweet rice flour, drop the dough onto a piece of plastic wrap. Work it into a rectangle shape. Cover with another piece of plastic wrap and using your hands gently press the dough into a rectangle of 7 or 8-inches by 10 or 12-inches. Lift plastic and sprinkle with a bit of flour if dough seems too sticky. Press plastic back on the dough, flip the dough using a flexible cutting mat or placemat.
- Remove plastic, drop cinnamon filling over biscuit dough and spread right to the edges.
- Using bottom piece of plastic gently roll dough lengthwise, pushing the dough and peeling away the plastic as you create a log. Refrigerate at this point if it seems too warm to work with. (Can be prepared to this point in advance and kept overnight in the fridge.)
- Cut log into 1½-inch thick cinnamon rolls and place cut side up in an 8-inch square baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes.
- Cool slightly on wire racks before eating.