This is a marriage made in heaven…Banana Nut Bread meets Cinnamon Rolls. The “roll” portion of the cinnamon roll contains all the wonderful flavors of a slice of banana bread and the traditional rolled up dough is loaded with bananas, cinnamon and sugar in the inside.
There is no doubt when you see a cinnamon roll you know what it is. Cinnamon rolls go by many different names. Some refer to them as cinnamon buns, sweet rolls or even a danish.
It is said that the origin of cinnamon rolls started in Sweden and Denmark. It is also reported that a typical Swede eats 316 cinnamon rolls a year.
The ingredients for cinnamon rolls are what are referred to as usual pantry stables and/or baking stables. There is nothing that can not be found in your local grocery store.
For the Dough:
- Whole milk
- All purpose flour
- Banana extract
- Pecans ( optional)
For the Filling:
- Brown Sugar
For The Glaze:
- Powdered Sugar
1. Use a Bread Machine
This dough works well in a Bread Machine. It is an easy alternative if you have a busy schedule and do not have the time for mixing the ingredients, kneading the dough with your mixer or by hand and then wait for the dough to rise before starting to construct your cinnamon rolls.
All of the ingredients are added to the bread machine and then the machine does the work. It frees up about one and half of your time to do other things while the machine is working to delivery the perfect batch of dough. The bread machine will mix all the ingredients, knead the dough and do the first rise of the dough.
No worries it you do not have a bread machine. This recipe can be adapted to using a mixer. Please note, these is a “wet” dough” and will take a little longer to mix and knead do to the moisture.
2. Use a Crafting Mat
I changed from a pastry mat /silicone mat to a craft mat for a couple of reasons. First, a craft mat is larger than a standard pastry mat. I use a craft mat that is 36x 24. This gives me a large surface to roll out dough. Second, a craft mat is self healing. Cuts made into it disappear unlike a pastry mat.
3. Use a Serrated Knife or Non-wax Dental Floss
Using a regular kitchen knife can sometimes make uneven cuts, smooch down the dough causing the filling to come out. A serrated knife allows for a clean cut with a slight sawing motion. Dental floss provides a clean cut. The floss is placed under the roll, the ends brought up, tied ounce , and then followed by pulling the sting ends until the dental floss cuts through the dough.
Banana Nut Bread Cinnamon Rolls
- Bread Machine
- Rolling Pin
- 9×13 pan
Dough for banana nut cinnamon roll :
- 2 Teaspoons Yeast
- 4 cups Flour
- 3 Tablespoons Sugar
- 1/2 Teaspoons Salt
- 1/4 cup Melted Butter
- 1 Egg- beaten
- 2/3 cup Milk
- 2 medium Bananas mashed
- 1 Teaspoon Banana extract
- 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1 cup Pecans
- 3/4 cup Brown Sugar
- 4 Teaspoons Cinnamon
- 1/4 Cup Soft Butter
- 2 medium Bananas
- 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
- 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla
- 3-4 Teaspoons Milk
Making the Dough Using a Bread Machine:
- In your bread machine place the yeast
- Add in next the Flour, Sugar and Salt
- Follow with adding in the melted butter, milk, beaten egg, smashed bananas, banana extract, and cinnamon
- Top off with adding in the pecans
- Set your machine to dough and wait for the beep ….in about one and half hours it will be done.The bread machine will mix the ingredients, knead the dough and provide a period of time for the first rise of the dough.
- When the dough is done, turn the dough out on to a generously floured surface. I use a craft mat.
- Roll the dough out into a rectangle shape that is about 1/4 inch thick
The Filling- Constructing the Roll:
- Mix brown sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl
- Spread the soft butter all over the surface of the rolled out dough. An offset spatula works well, but even better is using your hands.
- Sprinkle the brown sugar evenly over the butter
- Slice 2 bananas about 1/8 – 1/4 inch in thickness. Place the banana slices all over the dough
- Roll up the dough. Start with the edge furthest from you and the roll the dough onto itself. At the end, about 2 inches from the bottom, fold the dough UP onto the roll.
- Using a serrated knife or unwaxed dental floss first cut the roll in half. Cut each section of the dough into 1 inch pieces. See notes
- Place the slices into a parchment lined 9×11 baking pan.
- Place a kitchen towel over the pans and allow the rolls to rise for about 30 minutes .Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Uncover the pans and bake the rolls for 25 minutes or until light brown.Check the rolls after 15 minutes of baking. The centers of some rolls might rise up high. If this happens, use a kitchen fork and and press the raised areas down.
- Cool in baking pan
- Mix the ingredients together and drizzle over cooled cinnamon rolls. the glaze will melt if the rolls are warm/hot.
- I like to make 1 inch cuts into the log roll. These cinnamon rolls can easily be made larger. Some people prefer to have 2 inch cuts. One inch cuts will yield 2 dozen rolls and two inch cuts will yield one dozen rolls.
- These rolls can be made with a stand mixer. The difference would be : add ingredients to mixer. Mix using a bread hook. When a dough ball is formed and begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl, turn the dough out to a floured surface and knead by hand. Place the dough in a large bowl and cover with a towel and allow to rise for one hour or until doubled in size. Following rise, pour out the dough onto a flour surface and follow constructing the roll instructions above.
These Banana Nut Bread Cinnamon Rolls are a crowd pleaser. What could be better than having having a slice of banana bread and a cinnamon roll all in one? These rolls are packed with flavor and each bite is OH YUM bite.
Please comment below on what you think about these Banana Nut Bread Cinnamon Rolls.I can not want to hear what you think
Cheers and Happy Baking !!!!
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