Cinnamon Buns - Veganized

Laura Poole

Posted on July 29 2017

Cinnamon Buns - Veganized

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These delicious treats are so good it’s hard to just eat one!  They might look hard to make but they really aren’t.  A little time consuming yes, but well worth your time!  Best served warm, they are quite delicious on their own but for a sweet touch add the frosting at the end.

Time:  ~1 hour 30 minutes

Wet Ingredients:

1 tsp dry active yeast (quick rise)
1 cup warm almond or soy milk
1 tsp sugar
2 tbsp Earth Balance (vegan butter)

Dry Ingredients:

2 cups + 3 tbsp all purpose flour
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ salt

Filling:

2 tbsp Earth Balance
¾ cup brown sugar
¼ cup white sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of salt

Other  helpful items – Plastic wrap, tiny bit of oil, wooden spoon, rolling pin, parchment paper, large pan (like a lasagna dish)

Frosting – optional:

1 cup powdered sugar
1 to 1 ½ tsp warm almond milk (or water)
¼ teaspoon of vanilla (optional)
1 tbsp sprinkles  (optional)
Directions:

  1. Warm the almond milk, sugar and Earth Balance on the stove until very warm but not hot.  You want it to be fairly warm but not so hot you’d burn a finger if you dipped it in.  Take off burner , pour into a bowl and add in the yeast.  Stir well and let sit for about 10 minutes while going on to step two.
  2. Starting with 2 cups of flour, (you may need a few more tbsp. to get the perfect consistency after adding the wet ingredients) measure out your dry ingredients in a large bowl and whisk together.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry by stirring with a wooden spoon. The dough should be workable and not too sticky.  If too sticky add 1-3 tbsp more flour.  Knead the dough with clean hands and form a ball.  Dust the same bowl with a little flour and put the dough ball in.  It’s best to cover with a greased piece of plastic wrap (so it doesn’t stick), then a tea towel.  Let rise in a non-drafty area for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  4. Get the filling ingredients ready by melting the Earth Balance in a pot (leave this in pot for now). Add the remaining filling ingredients (sugar, cinnamon, salt) in a bowl and whisk together.  Set aside for now.
  5. Turn oven on to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Using a little coconut oil grease your pan.
  6. After the dough has risen for 30 minutes place a rectangular piece of parchment paper on the counter top and dust with a little bit of flour. Using rolling pin roll dough out into a rectangle on top of the parchment paper.  You want it to be thin but not too thin (about ¼ inch)
  7. Brush dough with the melted Earth Balance (or drizzle evenly all over). Now sprinkle dry filling ingredients on top of dough.
  8. Using the parchment paper to guide you, tightly roll the dough into its self. Cut the very edges off using a sharp knife and discard.  Now cut the dough into small ‘bun size’ pieces.  You should get 10-12 pieces.  Place in the pan and bake for 18-20 minutes or until the edges of the buns are just starting to brown up a little bit.  Take out of oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes.
  9. If frosting, mix ingredients (expect sprinkles) together and drizzle over buns in original pan. Add sprinkles if using.
  10. Using a knife cut buns to separate them and eat while warm! YUM!  -Or remove and let cool on a wire rack.  Re-heat any left overs as these buns are best warm.

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