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Nothing beats the taste of fluffy, soft, and yummy 100% whole wheat cinnamon rolls right out of the oven. I've been making this recipe for over 15 years, and every time I serve them at parties or family gatherings I get asked for the recipe--without fail!
I was always a big fan of Cinnabon and traditional cinnamon rolls made at home until I tried this recipe. Once I did, I was convinced I would never again use white flour to make cinnamon rolls. It is that good! Don't get me wrong--I use white flour in many of my recipes, but the taste of these yummy 100% cinnamon rolls does not compare to its traditional counterpart. They are hearty, light, and with the right amount of sweetness. I love how the flavor of white whole wheat flour comes through without being too "wheaty" or overwhelming.
Are these 100% whole wheat cinnamon rolls difficult to make?
I wouldn't say they are hard to make, but it does take some practice to work with 100% whole wheat dough.
First of all, when making your 100% whole wheat cinnamon roll dough using your Bosch Universal Bread Mixer, it is important to add the right amount of flour. If you are a whole wheat bread baker, you know how it goes--you continue to add whole wheat flour until the dough starts to come off the sides and bottom of your bowl.
Well, with this roll recipe, it is a bit different. You'll add your freshly ground whole wheat flour one cup at a time until ONLY the sides of the bowl come off the side and NEVER picks up the bottom. Your dough will be VERY sticky. It'll be tempting to add more flour as the dough will still look pretty wet--but if you do, you will end up with 100% whole wheat cinnamon rolls that are heavy and not fluffy at all. They will still have a good taste, but the lightness and fluffiness of the dough is what makes them so yummy!
Also, when working with 100% whole wheat dough, your hands and countertop need to be oiled. As I said before, 100% whole wheat flour is very sticky, and when rolling out this dough and working with it, you don't want it to stick to your hands or your working surface. Trust me, I've tried to cut corners before and have regretted it! So, get a dab of oil and rub it on your hands and counter top where you'll be flattening your dough. It is worth it!
Ready for the recipe and video tutorial? Here you go!