I wasn’t sure if I should share this recipe or just keep it to myself so I alone look amazing when I waltz into a potluck brunch with these babies in tow. Alas, I want to eat them more often, so I thought if I can get this out there to my vegan friends, they also would develop a mild addiction and want to make them frequently as well thereby getting them into my face more often.
I’ve had this cookbook Vegan Brunch on my bookshelf FOREVER, and never even cracked the binding. Honestly, when is the last time you attended a brunch? Yeah, me either. A few months ago however, my friends Kolene and Jon hosted, you guessed it, a VEGAN BRUNCH! I made curried tofu scramble, but Jon….he made these rolls and probably other delicious things-but THESE I was frankly obsessed with and had to get more of. When I asked for the recipe he directed me to Vegan Brunch, you know the book collecting dust on my shelf. I went home and made them that night, pigged out on them at midnight with Mr. Wonderful, then brought a batch to work the next day (the recipe made a TON of rolls) to test on my coworkers. In case you were wondering how to score serious favors at work for a while, bake cinnamon rolls in your office kitchen, then serve them to your friends. They become even more helpful in their sugary comas.
Caution, these take a while to make. You are MAKING cinnamon rolls-like “from scratch”, not just baking them off from the frozen food section at Meijer, so there are steps involved. Do not skip them, do not rush them. And by all means….MEASURE, this is baking, you know…like chemistry and crap, so you need to be precise. If you haven’t worked with yeast before, check out this link to keep you from throwing in the towel prematurely.
- 2-1/4 tsp active dry yeast
- 1/3 c sugar + 1 tsp sugar
- 1/2 c lukewarm water
- 3/4 c non-dairy milk, room temperature (I used coconut milk)
- 1/3 c canola oil
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg
- 3 1/4 – 4 c flour
- 1/4 c brown sugar
- 1/4 c white sugar
- 1 T ground cinnamon
- 2 T flour
- 1/4 c Earth Balance (soy margarine, non-hydrogenated)
- also, a great deal of patience and an uncluttered work space
- 1 C powdered sugar (10x)
- 1-1/2 – 2 T non-dairy milk (I used coconut milk here too)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Proof yeast by putting yeast into half the lukewarm water with the 1 tsp of sugar. Let sit, make sure it bubbles so you know your little organisms are hungry, alive and well. Mix the rest of the dough ingredients together, add proofed yeast mix. Knead for 5 minutes. Place in an oiled bowl and let rise 1 hour. Punch the dough down and let rest 10 more minutes.
Make the filling (mix together ingredients above for filling).
Roll out dough to 12″ x18″ (or whatever you get frankly-mine was a little larger) on a floured clean, flat surface. Sprinkle filling over the dough evenly, dot with small chunks of the Earth Balance.
Roll from the long side. Go slowly and get it as tight as possible. This for me is the most difficult part. I can’t even roll up my yoga mat without having it all cock-eyed, so this dough rolling part is torture for me. Do the best you can. When they bake, no one will know you had edges that were not perfect as they will be too busy cramming the final product into their pie-holes.
Oil or spray any kind of pan you like really. I used two pie plates so I could bake one now, and take one to work in an unbaked state later. Cut the roll into half to one inch pieces pieces and place close together in the prepared pan. I used dental floss to cut through the dough so that I didn’t smash the dough.
Cover with towel, let rise for 30-45 minutes in a warm location. I usually put it on the stove, above the pilot lights. These can also be stored in the fridge overnight without losing any of the yumminess to be baked off the next morning, just cover in plastic wrap. The next morning when you are preheating the oven (below) leave on the counter until they hit just about room temp.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake 18-2o minutes-the smaller your rolls when they go in, the less time you need, check them regularly to make sure they aren’t burning, they should be lightly browned. Make icing while it bakes.
Drizzle with the icing as soon as you remove from the oven.
Adapted from Vegan Brunch by Isa Chandra Moskowitz.
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