Thursday, July 30, 2009

Whole Grain Cinnamon Rolls (Co-Irker Treats)

Most of you probably didn't know that in addition to being a fabulous cook (self-proclaimed of course,) I am also a registered dental hygienist (retired.) For thirty years I protected the world's teeth from the ravages of gingivitis (well, maybe just a small percentage of Ohio.) I preached the benefits of proper diet and extolled the virtues of daily dental flossing. And for thirty years I brought all that knowledge and preaching home to my hubby and kids, hoping the terrible tooth tales I told them would scare them into taking vigilant care of their own mouths. All to no avail. Each and everyone of them fought me tooth and nail in matters of oral hygiene. My own darlings' teeth were flossed only twice a year. And that was by me.

A month or so ago, hubby attended a health and safety seminar at work. The speaker proceeded to inform the participants of the importance of flossing. Hubby hasn't missed a day since. (You're all feeling for me right now, aren't you. I thought so.)

OK, so what does the above have to do with cinnamon rolls? I would think that the answer is obvious, but I will go ahead and give it to you...

I used dental floss to cut the dough into rolls, silly!

These are 100% whole grained goodness, people. And they're delicious. Enjoy them with a minimal amount of guilt, please.

Dark And Dangerous Cinnamon Rolls (adapted from King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking)

For the dough:

3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons lukewarm water
1/4 cup orange juice
5 tablespoons honey
1 large egg
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
3 TBSP potato flour
1/4 cup nonfat dry milk
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons instant yeast

For the filling:

I used one cup of King Arthur's Baker's Cinnamon Filling mixed with 4 TBSP of water. But the recipe lists:

1 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
1 large egg white
2 TBSP cinnamon
Pinch of salt

Mix all the dough ingredients in a mixing bowl using your paddle attachment. Switch to dough hook and kneed for 8-10 minutes. Dough will be very sticky, but resist the urge to add more flour. Using greased hands transfer the dough to a large bowl, spray lightly with cooking spray, cover with plastic wrap and let rise until nearly double. It took a full two hours for mine to rise to that level.

Mix the filling ingredients.

Transfer the dough to a lightly greased surface. Roll out dough with a rolling pin to a 12x16 rectangle. Evenly spread the filling over the dough leaving a 1 inch margin along one long edge. Starting with the filling-covered long edge, roll the dough into a log, turning it so the seam side is flat against the work surface. Using dental floss, cut the dough into 12 even pieces. Place the buns on a lightly greased baking sheet. Spray lightly with cooking spray and cover with a towel. Let rise until they're almost touching each other, 60-90 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Bake for 26-28 minutes. Remove pan from oven and transfer rolls to cooling rack. When rolls are completely cool, glaze with your favorite glaze. I just used some glazing sugar, a little bit of vanilla, and water.


Laura said...

These look delicious!

Co Irker said...

These were good - I especially loved the filling. It was so cinnamony(Is that a word? Guess it is now.)I should have warmed it up but it looked to good to wait It was healthy or healthier than you average cinnamon roll.

And, little missy, what's this about 4 dozen cookies languishing at your home? Not good enough for us? I think not!

The hubs shared your supposed "rejects" with us and all we can say is if these are your rejects we'll gladly take them outta your hands. After all - you wouldn't want your family to have subpar snacks? Right? Right? Please?

Thank you, our little perfectionist, for both the rolls and the castoff cookies.


Moogie said...

Mmmmmmm ..... Dark and Dangerous is the way I like my cinnamon rolls, cupcakes, and men.

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Beautiful - I love that they are whole grain. I, too, use dental floss to cut my cinnamon rolls - works like a charm. Granted, I also use it to floss my teeth! :)

Mags said...

Laura: Thank you!

Co Irker: He took the rejects to work? That rascal!!

Moogie: you're such a bad

Jen: thank you. And I'm so happy to hear that you floss!