Sunday, February 1, 2009

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Buns

These Whole Wheat Cinnamon Buns can be made using your favorite whole wheat bread dough. For this batch, I used a no knead bread dough to make the process a snap.

This recipe makes enough dough for a pan full of cinnamon rolls and two loaves of delicious whole wheat bread for toast. That's what I call efficient!




Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

The recipe for the delicious whole wheat bread dough is from Wholesome Sugarfree Cooking by Ray and Malinda Yutzy.

Makes: 4 loaves of bread, or 18 cinnamon buns and 2 loaves of bread

Whole Wheat Bread


 Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons yeast
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 4 cups warm water
  • 1/3 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil or coconut oil (I'm using coconut oil)
  • 8 cups (heaping) whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Directions:

Mix water, maple syrup or honey (I'm using honey), vinegar, and yeast in a bowl. Let set for 15 minutes or until yeast has worked (becomes spongy or bubbly). Then add salt and oil.  Add flour, 3-4 cups, and mix well. Add 1 cup at a time until rest of flour is stirred in and it's spongy soft dough. If it's not spongy, the bread won't be nice and soft.

Set dough in a warm place till ready to work out.  Let rise; punch down every 10 minutes or so.

Punch down 3 times. Do not let rise longer than1 hour before putting in pans or it won't rise well in pans. The dough is pretty wet so you'll probably need to use a spoon to punch it down.





Divide into pans and prick with a fork. At this point, I put dough in 2 pans and kept the rest to make the cinnamon buns. The cinnamon buns recipe follows.

Set in a warm place and let rise till edges of loaf reaches top of pans.





Bake for 30 minutes, starting at 350°F for a little bit then raise it to 400°F until it's done.



Cinnamon Buns Recipe


Make your favorite whole wheat bread dough. Use only the desired amount of dough and make the rest into loaves of bread.




Let rise once, then shape into balls the size of a walnut. (I made mine a little bit bigger).

Note: The dough is sticky and wet so make sure you keep your hands wet while you're forming the balls. It makes it much easier to handle the dough. Otherwise, it just sticks to you and makes a big mess!


Roll the balls in melted butter; then roll them in honey and cinnamon.




Place on a 13" x 9" pan and let rise until almost double.




Bake at 350°F for 35 minutes or until done.




The cinnamon buns and the whole wheat loaves are now ready to eat.




Ok. I admit it. I tried them and they are very good particularly for 100% whole wheat with honey and no sugar.


I think I'll have a slice of the whole wheat loaf for toast in the morning.





Happy Baking!
Cathy



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