Sourdough cinnamon rolls are an artisan version of the ever-popular baking treat, but they’re easier and more fun to make than regular rolls; they’re simply better! Learn how to make sourdough cinnamon rolls with this complete recipe, from the buns to the cream cheese icing. We’re also talking about what exactly are cinnamon rolls, and I’ll share with you some tips to get them perfect every time!
Hello my friends. Cinnamon rolls are amongst everyone’s favorite bakes. There’s something so comforting in the pillowy rolls blessed by the warmth of cinnamon. And then there’s the yummy cream cheese icing!
I love cinnamon rolls, and Geoffrey’s aunt and grandmother used to make “sticky buns” so this recipe has to pull its weight. I’m not always happy with what I find in bakeries around here; it’s incredible how different freshly made cinnamon rolls can taste. The best ones in my opinion? I just discovered they’re made with sourdough, so here’s all you need to know about them. Today I’m sharing with you my sourdough cinnamon roll recipe.
Talking about a recipe with sourdough, this is a fantastic sourdough discard recipe. This means it’s great for using all that sourdough you throw away while keeping your starter at a manageable size in the fridge.
What Are Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls?
Sourdough cinnamon rolls are like regular cinnamon rolls, but the dough is made with sourdough, with no added yeast, but let’s start with the basics.
Cinnamon rolls are an All-American classic, but they’re originally from Scandinavia, where they’ve been baking rolls like these and coating them with cream cheese frosting for centuries! There’s even a Cinnamon Roll Day in Sweden, celebrated every October 4th.
Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls are the new trend, but they’re not new at all. You start with sourdough bread, which is made with spontaneously fermented dough – this is how people made bread since the beginning of time. The bread is richer, more flavorful, and complex!
What’s the difference between cinnamon rolls and cinnamon buns?
In theory, there’s no significant difference between a cinnamon bun and a cinnamon roll; they’re both made with rolled-up sheets of dough flavored with sugar and cinnamon.
The Internet seems to disagree, though. There seems to be a difference between cinnamon rolls, which have a glassy sugar icing, and sticky buns, served sans-icing but with an extra dose of sticky sugar syrup. Cinnamon buns? They might not even be a thing!
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Tips for the Best Sourdough Cinnamon Roll Recipe
When making sourdough cinnamon rolls, things can get messy fast if you’re not organized.
Make sure you have a large enough space to handle the sheets of dough. Clean up your counter before getting started!
Don’t be shy with the cinnamon; the recipe below is great for Geoffrey and me, but you might like yours a bit more cinnamony, and that’s the cool thing about making your own. As they say, season to taste.
When working with sourdough, be patient. A sourdough starter/discard is a living thing! And it needs time to acclimate to a new environment. The dough will rise, that’s guaranteed, but help the dough out by stretching and folding it a few times!
Cutting the dough and rolling it while keeping it all nice and tight takes a bit of practice, but don’t get discouraged! After you make a few cinnamon rolls, they’ll look better and better.
Don’t forget to preheat the oven for at least fifteen or twenty minutes before baking the rolls. That’s the secret behind that fantastic golden color.
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