It’s been a minute since we’ve had a sci-fi geek recipe around here! So, when I asked my mom what she’d like me to bake for her birthday – and she hit the CINNAMON ROLLS button – I knew what I had to do. It was time to break out Sandtrout Surprise, my very decadent and dramatically spiced special cinnamon rolls. Oh yes, my friends. Put down your Dune novels, pick up your aprons, and let’s get messy. It’s time to bake!
Presents! Sandtrout Surprise
3/4 cup whole milk
1/4 cup butter
3 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 package instant yeast (.25 oz)
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup water
1 extra large egg
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 tbsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup butter (softened)
Heat the milk in a small saucepan. When it just starts foaming or bubbling, remove it from the heat and add 1/4 cup butter. Stir until the butter has melted, and then allow the mixture to sit until it’s lukewarm.
Meanwhile, combine 2 1/4 cup flour with the yeast, white sugar, and salt. Whisk so it’s well-mixed. Add the water, egg, and buttery milk mixture. Beat well – I used my Kitchenaid hand mixer until it was mostly a sticky mass with flour around the edges of the bowl. At this point, I hand-stirred in the rest of the flour, adding 1/2 cup at a time. Once the dough has pulled together (add flour if you need to in tablespoon increments), turn it out onto a floured board and knead it about 5 minutes. I kept adding flour to my hands of the board as needed to make the dough less sticky and leave it smooth.
Put the dough in a bowl, cover it with a damp cloth, and let it sit for 10 minutes. Spend your time contemplating the Litany Against Fear or arguing the ethical merits of Leto II’s reign.
Or you can put the filling together! Mix together the brown sugar, cinnamon, and 1/2 cup of softened butter in a separate bowl. You can just mash it all together with a fork until you’ve got a chunky, dark, fragrant mixture.
Once 10 minutes have passed, roll out your dough with a rolling pin. I rolled mine into a roughly 12×9 inches oval shape. Dump the cinnamon and sugar mixture on top of the rolled-out dough, and spread it out as evenly as possible to cover most of the dough. Then roll the dough up into a tube and pinch the ends shut.
Now you’ve got a fat sandtrout of delicious spice.
Slice the roll into equal parts. You can get 8 enormous cinnamon rolls out of this, or go for a more modest 12. I recommend using the dental floss method to divide it up as knifework on raw dough can get a bit tricky.
Place the sliced rolls into a greased pan – I generally use a 13×9 inch casserole dish. Cover them with a cloth and let them sit for 35 minutes while they rise. The dough should increase in size, but probably won’t double. That’s okay.
(Top picture: before rising. Bottom picture: after rising 35 minutes.)
The last few minutes of this period is the best time to preheat your oven to 375 F. Then slide your cinnamon rolls into the oven for 25 minutes. Check them and, if they’re golden brown, take them out! If not, keep a close eye on them until they turn golden.
The cinnamon-sugar mixture should be bubbling and frothing, and the rolls should be enormous. Let them sit for at least 5 minutes, then transfer them to another container or a serving dish. Or transfer them directly to your mouth. Spice is good for you, and there’s no judging here.
These cinnamon rolls microwave well. You can slather them with any glaze or frosting of your choice. (I like mine plain.) They should last a few days on the counter, or up to a week in the refrigerator – as if you’ll ever have to worry about that. (Seriously, you won’t. THESE ARE ARRAKEEN DELICIOUS.)
(“Arrakeen delicious” means “addictingly delicious” because spice.)
Nutritional info: LOL.
Now that you have a geek treat in hand, allow me to introduce some more treats! Mainly, Geek Dame’s Alchemical Delights stuff for you and your home. That’s right! I’ve put my Alchemical Delights logo (pictured above and designed by the brilliant Lorraine Schleter) onto a few made-to-order products over at my Zazzle shop and my RedBubble shop. Check out the list below – I’m especially excited by the spiral-bound notebook, which would be great for writing down recipes!
I take requests – if there’s something you’d like but don’t see, just drop me a note and I’ll see what I can do.