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May 16, 2010

Cinnamon Rolls

2 Tb. butter
1/4 c. sugar
2/3 c. milk, warm
1 egg
1/4 c. oil
1 tsp. vanilla
1 Tb. instant yeast
1/2 c. sorghum flour
1 c. corn starch
1/4 tsp. baking soda
2 1/2 tsp. xanthan gum
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt

2/3 - 1 c. brown sugar
1 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/3 c. chopped nuts (optional)

3/4 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Using a mixer, combine the butter and sugar. Mix well. Add the milk, egg, oil, and vanilla. Combine the dry ingredients and add to the wet mixture. (If you don't use instant yeast, you should add it to the milk.) Beat on high until well mixed with no lumps. The dough will be soft. You might want to hold back a little milk and see how the consistency is after you mix it. The first time I made these they were too wet and barely held together. They ended up not being distinct rolls in the dish, but they still tasted great. I did use the whole amount of milk in this version of the recipe.

Lay out a piece of plastic wrap and sprinkle it with sugar. Lay the dough on top and cover it with another piece of plastic wrap. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough into a 13 1/2 inch square. Lift the top piece of plastic wrap often and reposition if necessary. You can spray the wrap with cooking spray if the dough is sticking.

Combine the filling ingredients. I prefer to use 2/3 c. brown sugar. Remove the top layer of plastic wrap. Spread the filling on the dough leaving a margin at one side. As you roll the dough, the filling with get shifted. The margin keeps it from being pushed all the way out at the end. Roll the dough by lifting up the plastic wrap. Once you get the roll started, it will roll on its own. Once rolled, smooth out the edge. If you want nice clean end pieces, cut a little off each end. I leave them as is. Cut the roll into 8 or nine slices. I do 8 because it's easy to make them even. I cut the roll in half, then cut each half in half, then cut the quarters in half. Use a sharp knife. I find it helps to spray it with cooking spray. Place the rolls in a glass pie dish and bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.

Combine the glaze ingredients. Add milk a teaspoon at a time until the glaze is the right consistency. You can adjust the amount of glaze to your taste. Drizzle the glaze over the warm rolls and serve.

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