July 20, 2013

Cherry Date Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls

On the Menu Today~
Cherry Date Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls

Everyone loves Cinnamon Rolls and 
I have never meet a Cinnamon Roll I didn't like.
Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls are sweet and gooey 
but they also have a nice tangy flavor.  
I have made this recipe before with wonderful results but 
this time I added a Cherry Date Filling...
 Dried cherries, chopped dates, with a jigger or two of Brandy. 
The cinnamon rolls turned out fantastic. 
Wonderfully sweet, nice and tangy, and ooey, gooey from the filling. 
The glaze added another layer of yum.

Before you begin, make sure your sourdough starter is fed and active.

Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls with Cherry Date Filling


Cherry Date Filling:
  • 10 ounces pitted dates, chopped
  • 5 ounces dried cherries, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 or 2 jiggers Brandy, optional
Cooking Directions
  1. In a small saucepan combine chopped dates, dried chopped cherries, sugar, salt, water and brandy, if using. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes or until dates and cherries are very soft and mixture has thickened. Set aside to cool.
  2. Transfer mixture to a small bowl when cool and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Take mixture out of refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature before using as filling in sourdough cinnamon rolls.

Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls

  • 1 1/2 cups fed sourdough starter, stirred down
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 to 3 cups unbleached white bread flour
  • Cinnamon Filling:
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Baking Day:

  1. Measure out stirred down sourdough starter into a large bowl. Add milk, vanilla extract, melted butter, salt and 2 cups flour. Stir/knead this together to make a very sticky dough. Add up to 1 cup more flour if needed. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead by hand. Sprinkle in the baking soda and make sure it is thoroughly incorporated. Roll dough into a ball and place it in the bottom of a greased bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in a warm area to rise. This rise should take 2 to 3 hours. The dough should double in size.
  2. When the dough has risen, turn it out onto a floured surface. Pressing all the air bubbles out as you go. Roll the dough into a rectangle, roughly 9 x 18.
  3. Mix together sugar and ground cinnamon. Brush the rolled dough with 2 tablespoons melted butter. Sprinkle with 1/2 of the cinnamon/sugar mixture. Spread cherry/date filling over cinnamon/sugar mixture. Sprinkle with rest of cinnamon/sugar mixture.
  4. Starting on one of the long sides, roll the dough into a long log. Slice log into 12 rounds and place rounds, cut side down in buttered glass 2 quart baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 2 hours or until doubled in size.
  5. Bake rolls at 350ยบ for 20 minutes and top is golden brown.

Vanilla Glaze

  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cooking Directions
  1. Whisk together all glaze ingredients.
  2. Remove rolls from oven.
  3. Pour glaze over rolls in pan while rolls are still hot.
Sourdough, Cinnamon RollsCherry, Date

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