Gluten-free Greek Baklava Skillet Cinnamon Buns Rolls

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Start your morning sweet with these gluten-free baklava inspired cinnamon rolls! They have a crisp exterior, are pillowy soft in the center, yet tear apart and are chewy and delicious!


Made with a mixture of nuts for added texture and a hint to Greek baklava, but this recipe can easily be made without for a nut-free option*.

SERVINGS.

8 Rolls

PREP TIME.

2 Hours

COOK TIME.

25 Minutes

INGREDIENTS.

For the dough:


  • 8g (2.5 tsp) active dried yeast

  • 20g (2 tbsp) caster sugar

  • 150g organic whole milk, warmed to 38°C, the temperature shouldn’t be too high or it will kill the yeast. 

  • 240g water

  • 15g psyllium husk (rough husk form)

  • 450g all purpose plain flour (I used Freee by Doves Farm)

  • 1 tsp sea salt

  • 1 egg

  • 50g unsalted butter, softened

  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar


For the baklava filling:


  • 70g unsalted butter, softened

  • 70g light brown cane sugar or coconut sugar

  • 35g almonds, finely chopped

  • 35g walnuts, pecans or pistachios, finely chopped

  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon

  • pinch ground cloves (optional)

  • ¼ tsp sea salt


For the honey glaze: (optional)

  • 60g powdered sugar (add more as necessary)

  • 25g unsalted butter, or coconut oil softened 

  • 3 Tbsp Greek honey, (or maple syrup)

  • 1 Tbsp orange juice, (or 1/4 tsp orange extract)

METHOD.

  1. In a small bowl, mix together the yeast, sugar and 150g warm whole milk. Set aside for 10minutes, or until the mixture starts frothing.

  2. In another small bowl, mix together the 15g psyllium husk and 210g warm water. After a few minutes a thick gel will form.

  3. In a large bowl of a stand mixer with dough hook attachment, add the plain flour and 1 tsp sea salt.

  4. On medium speed, add the yeast mixture, psyllium gel, egg, softened butter and apple cider vinegar to the dry ingredients. Mix the dough for about 5 minutes until smooth and a ball begins to form.

  5. In a small bowl, add all the ingredients for the baklava filling and stire to combine.

  6. Then tip the dough out onto a floured surface and roll out to a large rectangle shape about 9x12" at a 10mm or 3/8" thickness.

  7. Liberally spread the softened butter all the way to the edge, then sprinkle on the cinnamon, sugar and nut mixture equally all over.

  8. Working from the long edge, roll the dough into a log. 

  9. Mark out 8-10 equal portions then cut the pieces using a serrated bread knife to cut the dough. Place into a skillet pan or tray lined with baking paper..

  10. Cover with a damp tea towl (or shower cap), and allow the dough to rise in a warm place for 1 hour.

  11. Preheat the oven to 200°C and bake for 25 minutes, or until they are golden brown on top.

  12. While the cinnamon rolls are baking, make the glaze by combining all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk until smooth.

  13. When the cinnamon rolls are ready, carefully remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes in the skillet. 

  14. Drizzle the glaze over the rolls and serve!


Storage: 


  • These buns are best eaten on the day of baking, maximum the day after and microwaved for 15-20 seconds to soften. Left any longer and they will dry.

SERVE THIS WITH.

  • The honey glaze

  • A dusting of cinnamon

HEALTH BENEFITS.

Walnuts - rich source of monounsaturated fats, protein, Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin E and a good source of Manganese, Copper, Molybdenum and the B vitamin Biotin. (Source)


Almonds - are high in protein and fibre and are an excellent source of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids and Vitamin E. (Source)


Greek honey - is nutritionally dense and filled with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. (Source)


Ceylon (True) cinnamon - is loaded with powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. (Source)


Cloves - are best known as a sweet and aromatic spice which are rich in antioxidants and a source of manganese. (Source)


Eggs (organic) - are incredibly nutritious, a great source of protein, healthy fats and they help elevate levels of HDL (the "good") cholesterol, which is linked to a lower risk of many diseases. (Source)


Whole milk (Organic) - contains a wide array of nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, protein, healthy fats and antioxidants. (Source)


Psyllium husk - supports regular digestion by acting as a prebiotic in the gut, feeding the good bacteria in the microbiome. (Source)


Apple cider vinegar - not only helps to strengthen dough by making it more springy and allowing it to rise more easily, but has various healthful properties, including antimicrobial and antioxidant effects. (Source)

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  • Many of my recipes call for Greek products like Greek extra virgin olive oil, Greek honey or Greek oregano. It is not mandatory for it to be Greek in order to make the recipe, you are more than welcome to use a good quality alternative; just keep in mind if you are after the authentic flavours of Greece these details do make all the difference in Greek cuisine. You can shop these ingredients here.​

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  • Disclaimer: None of the health benefits listed are intended to diagnose or treat any pre-existing health conditions. Always consult a health care practitioner before making any health decisions. The benefits listed are from my own research and personal interest, and encourage you to follow the Source and do further research.

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