2 Jan 2013
Well, here we are in 2013 and I know now is the time for resolutions. Now is the time for salads and juice cleanses, a time to bid farewell to butter and sugar. A time to usher in greens, lean proteins, and clean eating. But, how do you think that makes all of the other food feel? I feel a distinct duty to hold the hands of butter, sugar, fat and starch. They need love, too, and more than just once a year for the holidays. These gluten free cinnamon rolls are here for you and they don’t want to be shunned. They want to be doused in eggnog icing. They want to be enjoyed with a cup of espresso. They want you to save your greens for lunch.
Okay, in all seriousness, I’m definitely excited to be back to my normal healthy eating patterns. Having dessert after every meal (sometimes even for every meal) was getting a little redundant. However, I’m a firm believer that moderation is the key to success and am happy to eat extremely good-for-me food every day with a little bit of not-so-healthy bites every now and then. These cinnamon rolls are the perfect antidote to a bowl full of greens when you’re looking for some winter comfort. Plus, I’m a food reward kind of person and wouldn’t allow myself to have one if I didn’t do yoga at least 4 times this week.
What’s so wonderful about these gluten free cinnamon rolls is that they’re made with Bob’s Red Mill whole grain pizza crust mix and you can make them the night before and let them rise in the fridge, so they require very few ingredients and even less effort for a baked breakfast item. Even better, they taste like the real thing. They’re the perfect breakfast to make on your treat day if you’re on a strict eating plan now that it’s the new year. Chris takes Saturdays off to eat whatever he wants and I know these will be on the menu for breakfast. On Christmas day I served them with an eggnog glaze and they were such a hit!
So, invite some friends over to help you polish off the pan, let yourself have just one, and feel good about indulging without totally throwing off your new life plan.
Happy new year, friends! I’m so excited to cook up a storm for you in 2013.
Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls with Eggnog Icing
Makes 9 cinnamon rolls
- 1/4 cup Butter
- 1/2 cup Sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 1 Yeast Packet (from package)
- 1 cup warm Water
- 16 oz package GF Pizza Crust Mix (3-1/4 cups)
- as needed White Rice Flour for dusting
- 1/4 butter, melted
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
For the eggnog icing:
- 5 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar
- 2 tablespoons of eggnog
- 1-2 teaspoons of your favorite rum or whiskey
Directions1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F2. Add 1 tbsp. sugar to the warm water and add yeast packet from the pizza crust mix and allow to sit for five minutes3. Cream together the butter and sugar and add your eggs one at a time and blend completely4. Add the yeast mixture and mix to incorporate5. Add the pizza crust mix and and blend for about 2 minutes6. Heavily dust a piece of 19 inch-long wax paper with white rice flour (more is better here because this stuff is sticky)7. Spread the batter over the length and width of the wax paper and keep your hands wet with warm water – it will help the dough stay on the paper and off of you.8. Once you’ve evenly spread your batter, using a pastry brush paint it with your melted butter. Make sure every inch is covered so that cinnamon sugar filling has something to hold onto.9. Sprinkle your cinnamon sugar all over the dough10. Beginning with the short end of the wax paper, begin rolling the dough over itself similar to a jelly roll11. Cut the roll into 1 1/2 inch pieces – I was able to get 9 out of mine, but you might only get 812. Place rolls into an 8×8 buttered baking dish and allow to rise for at least 30 minutes in a warm place if baking right away. Mine rose in the fridge overnight and I took them out to warm up 20 minutes before popping them in the oven and they were perfect.13. Make your glaze by combining confectioner’s sugar, eggnog, and rum or whiskey in a small bowl. Pour over top of the cinnamon rolls while they’re hot in the pan.14. Eat them without any guilt because you deserve these
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