Why Not Cinnamon Rolls?

by Stefani on 24-March-2009

I had minor flash of brilliance last Friday while I was making our bread. Usually, I make two loaves at a time, but it occurred to me that day to make three recipes and use one of them as the bread base for cinnamon rolls. 

Waistlines are overrated anyway. 



Goodness! They were pretty dang tasty!

To make the rolls, I just used our regular daily bread recipe (only I used all purpose flour only – no whole wheat – and 1/2 cup canola oil instead of the shortening). 


I let the dough go through the first rise, then rolled it out in a nice big rectangle. I slathered it with melted butter, sprinkled on lots of brown sugar and cinnamon, and sliced it into rounds. I had enough to fill two pie plates, which I popped into the fridge, unbaked. 

What Every Saturday Should Taste Like

Saturday morning (after dreaming about them all night), I let the rolls sit on the counter for  half an hour or so while the oven preheated to 400. Then I baked them for about 20 minutes. 


Right after that, I gained about 20 pounds. No lie. 

Go and make some. You know you want to. 

And come back tomorrow, when our new April book will be up and ready for you!
Vintage Chica March 25, 2009 at 3:11 am

Mmmm…so THIS is the reason you couldn’t have doughnuts. I agree it might have been a little too much. These look amazing.

Chic Mummy March 25, 2009 at 3:44 am

OOOHHHH… these looks sooo good! Are you trying to get all of us to put on 20lbs 😉 This is absolutely on the menu for this weekend.

kerry March 25, 2009 at 4:09 am

WOW! Those look amazing! I’ll have to try your recipe. I’ve been meaning to try the bread anyway. I made cinnamon rolls with the Artisan Bread in 5 min a Day recipe and that works pretty well too. I have a sudden craving… (thought those were supposed to go away after having the baby!)

The 6 O'Clock Stitch March 25, 2009 at 4:21 am

Now I know what we’re having for breakfast on Saturday. Thanks!

Our Green Nest March 25, 2009 at 4:46 am

Oh wow these look incredible!!!! Have you ever tried coconut oil? It’s amazingly healthy and delicious!

amy March 25, 2009 at 4:47 am

holy yum.

tara March 25, 2009 at 4:50 am

Chocolate and cinnamon- two things necessary for my happiness.

Those rolls look divine. I coulda’ eaten one whole pan myself!

Miko's Girl March 25, 2009 at 5:33 am

Do you really make your own daily bread? I’m in awe. When I see pictures like your cinnamon rolls, it inspires me to try to work with yeast again.

Steph March 25, 2009 at 5:44 am

We’re planning on buying a bread maker next month. It must be fate. I am clearly meant to make cinnamon rolls with it. I must. Of course I will have to add some cream cheese glaze. I’ll see your 20lb and match it!

Lisa Clarke March 25, 2009 at 5:52 am

Oh, I am totally going to regret reading this post, LOL! Must. Resist.

Butzeballchen March 25, 2009 at 6:04 am

That looks delicious! Have you tried the caramel rolls from Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes? I’m curious.

beki March 25, 2009 at 6:40 am

oh. my.

Sarah March 25, 2009 at 6:47 am

I think I just gained 5lbs looking at the picture of those yummy treats.

Our Little Love Nest March 25, 2009 at 6:53 am


Sam March 25, 2009 at 7:23 am

They look unbelievable. I’m sad I don’t have one right now with my coffee. Thanks for posting this, I will try them. I’ve never made bread before, and I tried your daily bread recipe and it worked great and gave me a craving to do it more. Then, was it you? Who recommended the Artisan Bread in 5 Mins. a Day book? I ordered it too, so I’m on my way thanks to you 🙂

Emily March 25, 2009 at 7:53 am

Aww crud! I’ve been resisting the urge lately to make cinnamon rolls but I think this has just put me over the edge…

Annika March 25, 2009 at 8:28 am


Robyn March 25, 2009 at 9:06 am

Those look amazing! On this cool rainy Wednesday, it looks like what I need right alsong with a cup of coffee.

colleen m March 25, 2009 at 9:13 am

Hi Stefani!
I made a special purchase of whole milk yesterday so i can make some cinnamon buns when we visit family on the w/e…now i am not sure i can wait that long! – she says, having just made banana bread for tea.

Amber March 25, 2009 at 9:34 am

That is a flash of brilliance! I think I need to do this myself the next time I bake bread. Because that sounds like 20 pounds that are worth gaining. 😉

gina March 25, 2009 at 10:05 am

can’t wait…for the cinnamon rolls AND the book!

brit March 25, 2009 at 10:16 am

um you stole my post for today….I used the pioneer woman’s recipe…but they were good….you stinker!

Amber Carrillo March 25, 2009 at 11:14 am

Yes, waistlines are totally overrated!
I think we need a batch of these tomorrow morning – thanks!

Stefani March 25, 2009 at 11:26 am

Of course I am! Misery loves company you know!

Stefani March 25, 2009 at 11:29 am

Oh goodness no. My baby is four and I still have mad cravings 🙂

Stefani March 25, 2009 at 11:30 am

I have not tried that, but it sounds like I must!
Thanks for the tip!

Stefani March 25, 2009 at 11:31 am

Precisely what makes you think I didn’t? 🙂

Stefani March 25, 2009 at 11:41 am

Yes, I do, and mostly I love it, but I will tell you this… That bread kick that I got on created some serious bread snobs in this house! Sometimes when I know we’re going to be busy or whatever I buy bread at the store. When I bring it out for sandwiches or toast, I get lots of eye rolling and “oh mama!!! Store bread???” Oh geez.

So be careful, be proceed into that yeast reunion with caution!

Stefani March 25, 2009 at 11:45 am

Oh honey, don’t think I didn’t throw some powdered sugar icing on there!
Did I say 20 lbs? Maybe it was 30!

Stefani March 25, 2009 at 11:50 am

Oh yes! We love that book too!
Mostly we keep the olive oil dough on hand. We have this little “make your own pizza” ritual after church on Sundays. It’s so nice to have the dough in the fridge all ready for us. On Saturdays I chop onions and olives and grate cheese, so when we get home on Sundays we just heat up the oven while changing clothes and rolling out crust. Makes things super easy.

Stefani March 25, 2009 at 11:51 am

Oh that Pioneer gal can’t cook, can’t she???
Sorry about that dear, great minds and all 🙂

debbieR March 25, 2009 at 12:51 pm

mmmm.I just ate abig slice of cake…it almost would seem impossible to actually want cinnamon rolls next, but you made it POSSIBLE! Waist lines are over rated!

Myrnie March 25, 2009 at 1:03 pm

No noo…. I have 13 more pounds to lose…I can’t even have white flour products in the house, I’ll eat them ALL before Wonder Daddy gets home (because you know if you eat MOST of them, he’ll know…but eat all of them? Total secret!)

These look amazing 🙂
(However, I am not above giving the same treatment, sans butter, to a loaf of wheat bread when I roll it into a loaf…makes great cinnamon swirl bread 🙂

Birgitte March 25, 2009 at 1:37 pm

You evil woman! I am going to have to do this when I make bread this week.

Here’s my recipe for lazy bread. No bread machine or loaf pan needed.

2 packets of yeast dissolved in 4 cups of warm water. Add about 1/2 cup of oil and 1 cup of brown sugar. Add a pinch of salt. Keep adding all purpose flour until you have a dough you can lift out of the bowl and that does not stick to your hands.

Make one long loaf and divide it into four pieces. Turn the pieces into round loaves and put on a cookie sheet. Leave them on top of the oven while you heat it up to 400F.

After about 30 minutes, pop them in the oven for 25-35 minutes. (I am at high altitude so it takes 35 minutes for me).

Awesome bread that tastes dangerously close to cake (by all means reduce the sugar if you want). Even so, it is healthier and yummier than store bought bread.

Leila Winiecki March 25, 2009 at 1:40 pm

Those look so goood!
You should try the babka recipe in Falling Cloudberries.

Stefani March 25, 2009 at 1:41 pm

Ooooh! That does sound good! Thanks so much for sharing it. It’s going on the “To Bake” list for sure.

What, you don’t have a “to bake” list?

You reminded me that another sweet reader sent me her recipe for cinnamon bread, using our bread as a base. Here it is: http://www.whatididatschooltoday.com/archives/2009/02/swirly_part_2.html#comments

SpiderWomanKnits March 25, 2009 at 1:57 pm

Holy Crow those look SO good! I’ve gotta get crackin on a gluten-free bread substitute. So far my “bread” is more like a building material or weapon depending on whether you are feeling constructive or destructive 🙂

Lorilee Kopp March 25, 2009 at 2:25 pm

oh yummy! We love Daddy’s homemade cinnamon rolls here. We eat them all day longggggggg 🙂

jessica March 25, 2009 at 2:48 pm

I’ll be making these…like right now!

Birgitte March 25, 2009 at 3:47 pm

Haha! Those cinnamon rolls look way healthier than my bread!

I am such a newbie homeschooler mom that I am postponing the baking (except the bread) for now until I get a few more things under control. Like making actual dinner more than once a month.

mommyknows March 25, 2009 at 5:46 pm

I am going to make this … RIGHT NOW!

Thanks for the recipe.

Mary Smith March 25, 2009 at 7:01 pm

I feel like eating the picture and skipping the baking part!:)

Dawn March 25, 2009 at 7:03 pm

Oh, does this sound familar!
My kids are also Famer’s Market fruit/veggie snobs! They had to get over that when we moved from the fresh produce wonderland of California though!… still harder to get those veggies down now!

Must try your bread recipe… speaking of that we made the Irish Soda bread today! Fionna said “Oh yummy! We are going to have to make this one again!!”

elleeyun@msn.com March 25, 2009 at 8:55 pm

i feel kind of stupid and lazy asking this, but can you use this recipe for a bread machine?

Stefani March 25, 2009 at 8:59 pm

I don’t think that’s stupid OR lazy! I pined after a fancy machine for a LONG time, but just haven’t been able to swing it yet. I’m kind of stubborn and have my heart set on one particular machine. No other will do 🙂
So, I don’t have any experience to share with you.
Maybe someone else here in the comments will know how to translate a bread recipe for machine use?

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heather jane March 25, 2009 at 10:23 pm

Good idea chopping toppings ahead of time. We love that book!!

mommycoddle March 26, 2009 at 7:17 am

I have a recipe for dinner rolls and darn if it doesn’t always make more than I want! I turn it into cinnamon rolls each time, too. 🙂 your photos make me hungry.

Angela March 26, 2009 at 12:39 pm

we bake your daily bread regularly and so i will certainly give these a try. i think i might try raspberry jam instead of cinnamon and sugar (the girls are a little burned out on cinnamon lately – seems all our desserts have had it the past few weeks.). i’ll let you know how it turns out.

oh, and thanks for expanding my waistline, too! ah, well, spring gardening will burn a few calories, right?

dottyspots March 26, 2009 at 12:51 pm

Oh yes I really do want to make some too!

I haven’t had cinnamon rolls for ages – looks like I’m doing a double mix of dough tomorrow 😉

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