inspired by: Jacobsen Salt Co.*
This recipe is a long time coming! I first imagined these cinnamon rolls last summer, when lazy hazy Saturdays just begged for citrus infused indulgences. It took a sweet gift of Jacobsen Salt Co.’s Vanilla Bean Salt and a chilly New Year’s Eve to make our Coconut Cutie & Salted Vanilla Bean Cinnamon Rolls a reality.
For the most part, we followed Huckberry’s recipe for Cast Iron Cinnamon Rolls to get us on the right track for making cinnamon rolls from scratch. Our variations – surprise, surprise – include coconut milk, Cuties, and vanilla bean salt. And, of course, an excess of spices!
We’re really pleased with how these turned out. Since our Instagram pic has over 2x as many likes as any other photo, apparently so are you! Next time we’d love to try making them wholly dairy free (we did use some butter in ours), as well as attempting gluten free as well. What’s your favorite variation on a Cinnamon Roll?
- 2¼ tsp. yeast
- ½ c. warm water (between 105°F-110°F)
- ¼ cup white sugar
- ½ c. scalded coconut milk
- ⅓ c. butter melted
- 1 tsp. Vanilla Bean Salt
- Zest of 1-2 Cuties
- 1 egg
- 3½ cups flour
- 1 tbsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. each nutmeg, ginger, & cardamom
- ¾ c. brown sugar
- ½ c. butter, melted (optional: use coconut oil)
- Sprinkling of Vanilla Bean Salt
- 2-2½ cups powdered sugar
- Juice of 2 Cuties
- Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cardamom, as desired
- Coconut milk, if needed
- First, heat the coconut milk to a near boil and let cool. While cooling, use a separate bowl to dissolve yeast in warm water. Let the yeast sit for about 10 minutes.
- Once the coconut milk has cooled slightly, add white sugar, ⅓ c. melted butter, Vanilla Bean Salt, Cutie zest, and egg and mix thoroughly. Add 2 cups of flour and mix until all flour is incorporated. Pour the yeast mixture into the batter, stir, and then add the last of the flour until the dough begins to form a nice, smooth ball. Knead gently on a lightly flour surface for about 5 minutes, then place dough in a bowl greased with melted coconut oil. Cover the bowl with a towel (slightly damp) and let rise for 1-1½ hours. The dough should have approximately doubled in size.
- While the dough is rising, you can mix together the filling. Combine brown sugar, melted butter (or coconut oil), and spices in a small bowl. You can add a little more cutie zest at this stage if you'd like. Do not mix in the vanilla bean salt just yet.
- Once the dough is doubled, give that dough ball a nice punch and then turn it out on a floured surface. Roll the dough into a rectangle approximately ¼" thick. Spread your filling over the surface of the dough. Sprinkle with Vanilla Bean Salt, as much or as little as you would like. Try and distribute the Vanilla Bean Salt as evenly as possible.
- Roll up the dough lengthwise (unless you are content with only a few super thick cinnamon rolls vs. over a dozen regular size cinnamon rolls). Cut in segments just over an inch thick.
- Melt a tbsp of coconut oil in a 12" cast iron over low heat. Remove from heat. Place cinnamon roll slices into pan - try to keep the rolls close together toward the middle of the pan, leaving space between the edges of the pan. This is the tough part: instead of putting the pan right into the oven, let the rolls rise again for about 45 minutes. Once the rolls have noticeably expanded, bake at 350℉ for 25-30 minutes, or until the tops are golden and lovely.
- Towards the end of your baking time, you'll want to prepare the glaze. I like to put the glaze on when the cinnamon rolls are fresh and warm out of the oven. Squeeze the juice of 2 Cuties into a small bowl. Use a fork to whisk in any spices you'd like to add at this time (we used a little bit of each, with a little extra cardamom). Incorporate the powdered sugar in ½ cup portions until you reach a consistency you like. If you accidentally add too much, you can thin out the glaze with a little coconut milk. Once you've found your ideal consistency, pour over the cinnamon rolls while still in the pan. Top with just a smidge more Vanilla Bean Salt, and enjoy!
*This post is not sponsored by Jacobsen Salt Co. We just really love their salts! If you live in Oregon, or even if you don’t, you should definitely check them out. This post is also not sponsored by Cuties. We just also really love Cuties![/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]