Okay, okay. I already have a perfectly good sourdough discard cinnamon roll recipe. It’s amazing and tasty and absolutely perfect.
But hear me out – what if – what if, I made it even better?
Impossible, you say. You can’t improve something that has already reached perfection.
Behold! Your favorite cinnamon rolls, now available in a small batch that you can make in your skillet. Rather than making enough rolls to feed an army, you only need to make enough to feed yourself (and maybe one or two family members if you’re generous).
Seriously – they are amazing. The cream cheese frosting meshes beautifully with the hint of sourdough tang from the discard. The butter and sugar also melts into a fantastic caramel bottom that leaves you licking your fingers after you’ve finished the roll.
It makes for a great dessert (or breakfast if you’re feeling indulgent), and it takes a fraction of the time to make when compared to the original recipe (no need to roll and shape 24 rolls when you only have to do 6).
Small Batch Skillet Sourdough Discard Cinnamon Rolls
- 150 Grams Water, Warm (2/3 Cups)
- 4.6 Grams Dry Active Yeast (1 1/2 Teaspoons)
- 56.5 Grams Sourdough Discard, Fed, Unfed, or Discard (1/4 Cup)
- 255 Grams All-Purpose Flour (2 Cups and 2 Tablespoons)
- 20 Grams White Granulated Sugar (1 1/2 Tablespoons)
- 3 Grams Salt (1/2 Teaspoon)
- 13 Grams Vegetable Oil or Melted Butter (1 Tablespoon)
Cinnamon Sugar Filling
- 75 Grams White Granulated Sugar (1/3 Cup and 1 1/2 Teaspoon)
- 4 Grams Ground Cinnamon (2 Teaspoons)
- 14 Grams Butter, Melted (1 Tablespoon)
Cream Cheese Frosting
- 56 Grams Cream Cheese (2 Ounces)
- 14.2 Grams Butter, Softened (2 Tablespoons)
- 1 Grams Vanilla Extract (1/4 Teaspoon)
- 130 Grams Powdered Confectioner's Sugar (1 Cups)
- .37 Grams Salt (A Pinch)
- 15 Grams Milk, To Taste (1 Tablespoon)
Make the Dough
- In a small bowl, combine the warm water and the yeast. Stir and then let the yeast sit for 10 to 15 minutes until foamy.
- Add the sourdough starter and stir until well incorporated.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt.
- Add the flour mixture and the vegetable oil to the yeast mixture. Knead until the dough becomes smooth. It will be slightly tacky to the touch, but not sticky. If sticky, add about 1 tablespoon of flour.
- Turn out the dough onto a lightly greased surface and shape into a round.
- Place round in a lightly greased container with a lid. Let dough rest until double in size, about 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on kitchen temperature.
Make the Filling and Shape
- In a small container, combine the cinnamon and sugar. Mix well and set aside.
- In a small container, melt the butter and set aside.
- Turn out the dough onto a lightly greased surface
- Roll out the dough into a rectangle. Brush the butter onto the rectangle. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the dough.
- Starting at the shortest edge of the dough roll toward the opposite side.
- Use unflavored waxed floss or kitchen scissors to cut the dough into 6 pieces. Place on a lightly greased cast-iron skillet.
- Cover the rolls and let rise for 30 minutes to 45 minutes until puffy.
Bake and Frost
- Preheat the oven to 400° Fahrenheit (204° Celsius) and move oven rack to the lowest position.
- Bake the cinnamon rolls for 16 to 18 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes in the pan and then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.
- In a mixing bowl, use an electric hand mixer to combine the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla extract.
- Mix in the powdered sugar and salt.
- A tablespoon at a time, slowly mix in the milk, until the frosting achieves your desired consistency.
- Frost the cinnamon rolls with the cream cheese frosting and enjoy!
Did You Try It?
I’m particularly proud of this recipe, and I love making it for my family whenever I want to get rid of a little sourdough discard. If you have suggestions for improvement, however, I’m all ears. Just give your feedback in the comment section below and leave a star rating. I can’t wait to make this recipe even better.
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