Upside Down Caramel Pecan Cinnamon Rolls
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Please note that the Prep time is hands-on time only. Allow up to 2 hours for rising.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 24 cinnamon rolls
Dairy-Free Cinnamon Roll Dough
  • 2 cups plain or unsweetened dairy-free milk beverage
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup dairy-free buttery spread
  • ⅓ cup cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 7 cups all-purpose flour, or as needed
  • 2 packages (4½ teaspoons) active dry yeast
  • 2 eggs
Caramel Pecan Topping
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup dairy-free buttery spread
  • ½ cup unsweetened dairy-free milk beverage
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
Pecan Filling
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup dairy-free buttery spread
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
Dairy-Free Cinnamon Roll Dough
  1. Put the milk beverage, water, buttery spread, cornmeal, and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat and let cool to 120°F to 130°F.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together 2 cups flour and yeast. Add the cooled cornmeal mixture and beat with a mixer on low until smooth. Add the eggs and 1 cup flour, and mix for 1 minute. Stir in the remaining flour, as needed, to form soft dough.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover, and let rise in a warm, dry place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
Caramel Pecan Topping
  1. Put the brown sugar, buttery spread, and milk beverage in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  2. Pour the mixture into 2 greased 9x13-inch baking pans, evenly sprinkle with the pecans, and let cool.
Prepare the Filling, Assemble, and Bake
  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the sugar and cinnamon.
  3. Punch the dough down, and divide it in half.
  4. Roll one dough half into a rectangle. Evenly spread half of the buttery spread onto the dough. Sprinkle with half of the cinnamon-sugar mixture, cranberries, and pecans. Tightly roll the dough starting from one long side. Pinch the seam and turn the ends under. Cut the roll into 12 slices, and place them cut side down in one of the sticky baking pans. They should be evenly spaced with room to rise. Repeat this step with the remaining dough half.
  5. Cover the rolls and let rise in a warm, dry place until nearly doubled in size, about 30 to 45 minutes.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool for about 1 minute, and then carefully invert the cinnamon rolls onto a serving platter.
Cranberry-Pecan Option: For a festive touch, sprinkle 1 cup dried cranberries onto the dough with the pecans before rolling.
Recipe by Go Dairy Free at