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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls


YEARS ago one of my Mom's co-workers gave me some of her sourdough starter. I have kept it alive for over 9 years. The starter makes the most wonderful bread ever! It doesn't take a lot of work to make it either. The recipe I have makes three loaves of bread. I decided to make two loaves of bread on one batch of cinnamon rolls this time. The cinnamon rolls were great! I used our favorite cinnamon sprinkle from the Pampered Chef and made a simple icing to go on top.







I don't have the actual starter recipe, but I found this recipe in a cookbook and it sounds exactly like it.

(Printable Recipe)

Starter:
1 pkg. active dry yeast
1/2 c. sugar
3 Tbsp. dry instant potatoes
1 c. warm water

Combine yeast, sugar, instant potatoes and water. Stir to mix. Pour mixture into a jar (I use a clean spaghetti sauce jar); cover and refrigerate for 3 days (no longer than 1 week). Remove and "feed" starter as per "feeder" recipe. Feed dough 2 or 3 times before making bread. Aged starter causes a higher rise to your bread. Young starter produces less rise.

The Process

AM - feed the starter
PM - mix up bread
AM - punch bread down and put in pans
PM - bake bread

Feed starter:

3 Tbsp. potato flakes
1 c. warm water
1/2 c. sugar

You may feed the starter every 3 days, but you must feed it every 7 days.

Stir starter and feeder mixtures together. Leave starter mixture out of the refrigerator 8 to 12 hours (all day). Starter should be left out until mixture gets very bubbly. Remove 1 1/4 cup of starter to make bread. If not making bread, throw away one cup of starter. Return remaining starter to the refrigerator and cover loosely (I use a ziplock bag).


Mix the bread:

1 1/4 c. warm water
1 1/4 c. starter
1/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. corn oil
1 Tbsp. salt
5 1/2 - 6 c. bread flour

Mix everything together in electric mixer with dough hook. Spray large glass bowl with cooking spray and transfer dough to bowl. Cover with cooking towel and let rise all night.

Next morning - punch bread down, knead and divide into three loaf pans (spray with cooking spray). **You can make rolls or cinnamon rolls at this point** Cover pans with cloth and let rise all day. That evening, bake at 350 for 30 minutes.



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