Shoe Box Cinnamon Rolls {freezer-friendly}

IMG_1251Time for another bread straight from the shoe box. If you’re joining us with this easy and fun series, I’ve led tutorials how to make your own sandwich bread, pizza crust and crazy bread and now yummy cinnamon rolls. This is my kid’s favorite bread of all because of the cinnamon and icicing, of course.

I’ve posted this recipe before, but I wanted to share a tutorial with more specifics, like how to make the icing, which is the easiest part of all.

Prepare the basic dough below.

Lightly flour and separate your dough into two portions. Pat one portion into a 9×13 rectangle, lightly dusting with flour when necessary.

Sprinkle a mixture of cinnamon and sugar {1 cup sugar to 1 T. cinnamon}. I typically use about 1/2 of the sugar mixture, sometimes I’ll use honey or raw sugar and sprinkle cinnamon on top; use what you’re family is used to and work toward honey as a whole food option}.

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Roll lengthwise into a roll, pinching the edge at the end.

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Dip a large knife into flour and cut into 1 inch slices, dipping again to prevent from sticking. Be careful if you’re using a silpat mat like me, you don’t want to cut your expensive mat. I just press the knife into the dough to slice.

 

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Place on an ungreased pan and allow to rest for 15 minutes. Repeat with other dough portion or wait and make another pan on a different day. The dough is best used within five days and may show some discoloration, which is perfectly fine. Gently fold a few times and conform into a ball to flatten into a rectangle, flouring when necessary.

Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes. It’s completely fine to bake two pans at the same time; I do it all the time.

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Cool slightly for 5 minutes and pour icing on top. {1 cup confectioner’s sugar plus 2 tablespoons milk, if you want an orange icing: 1 cup confectioner’s sugar to 2 tablespoons oj}

Serve warm or cool completely on cooling rack and freeze.

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Freeze with or without icing. Although the big kids, ask for extra icing when they’ve been frozen.  We’ve done both with great results. Thaw about 2 hours and reheat individually at 50% power for 1 to 2 minutes.

 

Shoe Box Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 cups lukewarm water
  • 1/2 cup healthy oil {canola, olive or melted coconut}
  • 1  1/2 tablespoons yeast {I purchase in bulk at Sams}
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt {do not use regular}
  • 7 cups white whole wheat flour*{We love King Arthur before I started grinding my own}

 

Directions:

  1. Mix the all the ingredients together in a shoe box until well combined without any dry patches. *Scooping flour into a measuring spoon and then sweeping off the excess ensures the correct amount of flour. Place lid on top and allow to rise for two hours on the counter or in the microwave in cooler weather. Prepare for baking or refrigerate until ready to use {up to 5 days}.
  2. Liberally flour entire surface and divide dough into two equal portions. Pat one portion into a 9×13 rectangle, lightly dusting with flour when necessary.
  3. Sprinkle a mixture of cinnamon and sugar on top.
  4. Roll lengthwise into a roll, pinching the edge at the end. Dip a large knife into flour and cut into 1 inch slices, dipping again to prevent from sticking. Repeat with other dough portion or wait and make another pan on a different day.
  5.  Place on an ungreased pan or stone and allow to sit for 15 minutes.
  6. Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes.
  7. Cool slightly for 5 minutes and pour icing on top.
  8. Serve warm or cool completely on cooling rack and freeze.

These rolls are made with love! I sometimes make two pans and send them to the school teachers. No one would believe they are 100% whole wheat and made from scratch.

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Do you think these cinnamon rolls are easy enough to make?

 

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Comments

  1. I am curious where you buy your plastic shoe boxes? Thanks so much!

    • The authors of artisanbread in five use a 5 qt. plastic container, which is far more expensive. They mentioned in one of their cookbooks, a plastic shoe box could be used. I started using it and love the way it fits in my fridge with ease compared to a large round bucket. I’m hooked and been using it ever since for making bread and thawing my quart freezer bags to catch condensation!

  2. I use dental floss to cut my cinnamon rolls. Just slide under the dough and at the place you want to cut, pull up and criss cross floss and it will cut through the dough. Easy Peasy and no worrying about cutting your mat.

    • That’s how I do it when I want a pretty presentation, but this dough is quite sticky to work with and doesn’t always work well with floss. I agree the floss works wonders with the conventional yeast dough. Thanks for sharing, Penny!

  3. When u grind your wheat do you use Hard white or soft white wheat?
    Really have loved using so many of your ideas. Thanks so much.

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