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Make your CINNAMON ROLLS healthier with this semolina version!

Who doesn’t want to wake up in the morning with the smell of warm cinnamon rolls and fresh coffee? The ideal breakfast indeed because soft cinnamon rolls and coffee are an indulgent match made in heaven! They form an important part of the English breakfast, having a distinct taste, that can make you fall in love with them instantly. We have always wanted to try out cinnamon rolls at home but since we practice only healthy baking, we had to create a healthier version of this! During the lockdown phase, we learnt from an online class, how to make, sweet or savoury bread doughs using semolina/chiroti rava (the super fine version of Sooji). We learnt the process from an Indian food blogger and recipe curator, Gayathri Kumar. This recipe is truly a keeper, if executed patiently and well.
With one sweet dough made with rava, there are so many baked goodies you can churn out, with variety of shapes and flavours. We made cinnamon rolls with the sweet dough and could not stop binging on them! These are the healthier version of your regular rolls, but they taste super delicious and are definitely very indulgent, at the same time. Let us learn how to make the dough first.


580gms Chiroti Rava/super fine Sooji (If you have any other version, grind it in the mixer to make it fine)
1 tsp Instant Yeast – Check your yeast packet for instructions
Sugar (Brown Sugar/Jaggery/Coconut Sugar)- 100gm
Melted Butter – 100ml
Milk/Water(Milk makes the dough more rich)- 200ml+50ml

1. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients listed.
2. Add the butter and milk to this. Combine everything to get a soft dough.
3. Cover the dough and let it rest for 30 minutes.
4. Now, take the rested dough on the counter and knead it for 12-15 minutes. Use the slap and fold method for this. Make sure you knead the dough well as this will decide the entire texture of the bread. At first, it might be difficult to handle the dough, for which you can use a dough scraper. Within 10 minutes of good kneading, the gluten gets activated, your dough will become more elastic or stretchy and smooth.
5. In a well oiled bowl, keep the kneaded dough and cover it for the proving. Let this dough rest till it doubles in size. This time differs based on a variety of factors such as the climate of the place, quality of your dough, etc. This is why you need to keep a watchful eye on the dough and check if it has doubled.
6. Once it has doubled in size, it is ready to be shaped!
7. Roll out a part of the dough in a rectangular shape.
8. Brush it with butter, cinnamon powder and jaggery powder (or brown sugar)
9. Roll this dough carefully in a tight log and press firmly.
10. Now, cut out shapes from the log, at a distance, and place in a lined baking tray.
11. Brush with oil or melted butter and bake them at 180 degrees for 20-25 minutes till the top starts browning.
12. Once done, serve them hot with tea or coffee!

You can use the sweet dough for making other desserts as well, with chocolate, or fruits, based on your preference. This is one of the classic recipes that we tried to make healthier and delicious at the same time. Hope you all will attempt it at home.

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