Jul 21, 2010

Sticky Cinnamon Rolls with Jaggery

Let Cinnamon fill the air!

There's a new Cinnabon in town and of course I can't eat there, but nothing stops me from making my own cinnamon rolls! I tried this one with jaggery instead of sugar and it was awesome!

Here's how I did it:

200gms Whole Wheat Flour
10gms Fresh Yeast
5gms Salt
1/2 cup Jaggery Syrup plus little extra to brush
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
150 ml Hot water
20 ml Oil (Rice Bran, Sunflower, Safflower)
1/4 cup or more slivers of roasted almonds
1/2 cup raisins

Mix the fresh yeast with one teaspoon jaggery syrup in a tall glass and add some warm water to it. Cover it and let it sit for 10 minutes. After ten minutes, it should have risen and should look like a frothy mess of yeast.

Mix the flour, the rest of the jaggery, vanilla essence and add the yeast mixture to it. Mix it around and keep adding water little bit at a time till the entire mixture binds well. Add in the salt and oil.

Kneading the dough is always easier on a flat surface. Sprinkle some flour and put this dough on a flat surface. With one hand push the dough out, away from your body and with the other hand fold it back in. Keep rotating the dough and continue this pushing and compressing till the dough is smooth and not too sticky. After about 5 minutes or so put the dough back in to the bowl and cover it with either a wet cloth or cling wrap. Let it sit for about one hour at least. Sometimes more depending on the weather, but till you fell it has doubled in size.

Preheat your oven to 200 degrees C about forty minutes after keeping the dough to rise. After an hour or more, remove the dough out and put it back on a flat surface with some flour on it. Punch the dough out and remove the air. Repeat the same push- compress method for about three minutes. Roll out the dough brush it with some jaggery syrup and sprinkle some raisins, roasted almonds and cinnamon. Roll it as tightly as possible. Cut it into smaller pieces and put them on an oiled baking tray. Let them rise for about 15 minutes and put them in to bake.

Bake till they darken in colour. It takes about 25 to 30 minutes. I couldn't wait for them to cool down! They were absolutely awesome!

This recipe makes about 15 pieces.

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