Posting light today due to legal shenanigans yesterday. But I did bake cinnamon rolls, from Gluten-Free 101, by Carol Fenster. Same cookbook that has the excellent GF pizza recipe, complete with made-from-scratch pizza sauce.
The cinnamon rolls required a bit more improvisation. The book recipe calls for, among other ingredients, 1 egg and 1 additional yolk, powdered dry milk, and guar gum.
I can’t do egg. Flat out. Very annoying, as deviled eggs and scrambled with salsa used to be some of my top favorite meals. Substitution: One serving of no sugar added applesauce (about 1/2 cup).
I really can’t do powdered milk. Both the lactose and the intact milk proteins dislike me intensely. Substitution: Equal amount of Fage 5% yogurt. More on that later.
And we just didn’t have guar gum. That I looked up on the internet; you can use 2/3 xanthan gum to substitute for 1 unit guar gum. That we could do.
Cinnamon-sugar filling mixed, dough achieved… well. Not exactly. You can probably guess the problem.
Yep. Yogurt, much more liquid than milk powder. Based on past experience, too much liquid in a recipe that depends on xanthan gum will result in a gel-like consistency that the water cannot be cooked out of. Fortunately I’d kept the xanthan gum out of the mix when it kept looking suspiciously liquidy. So I added about… eh, ended up maybe a cup of extra GF flour-mix (brown rice flour, potato starch, and tapioca flour) to dry the mix out a bit. Then added the xanthan gum. Resulting dough was still very moist, but worked.
The recipe called for rolling it out flat before slathering with cinnamon-sugar. The improvised dough was too fragile, so I just patted it into a thin layer and went from there. Slather, slice into thirds, roll up, slice each roll in half, plant on sheets to rise 1/2 hour, then cook.
Verdict: Came out well, would probably have been sweeter and more dessert-like if I hadn’t had to add extra flour mix. Next time I’ll reduce the amount of water the recipe calls for to account for the liquid in the yogurt.
All told, a lot of work and dishes to make this, but a nice change for a treat.