Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Cinnamon Rolls

Don't think for a minute that just because these are vegan 
that they are healthy for you. They're not. But they are a 
tasty sweet treat that we deserve to give ourselves 
every once in awhile.

Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Roll Dough

1 cup soy milk
½ cup plus 1 Tbsp. sugar, divided
½  teaspoon salt
8 Tablespoon vegan butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup warm water, about 110 degrees
2 ¼ teaspoon active dry yeast
4 ½ to 5 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for rolling

1. In a small saucepan, heat soy milk, ½ cup sugar, salt, and margarine over low heat until the margarine is just melted.
2. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla. Let it cool down until warm to the touch.
3. While butter mixture is cooling, place the warm water, remaining tablespoon of sugar, and yeast in a 1-cup glass measuring cup. Stir for a second or two and set aside for about 10 minutes.
4. In a stand mixer, combine the butter mixture and the yeast mixture, and beat at medium speed for about 1 minute.
5. Reduce the speed to low, and add 2 ½ cups flour. Mix for about 2 minutes and add 2 more cups flour. Beat for 1 more minute.
6. Remove the dough from the mixing bowl. Place it on a floured surface and knead for about 2 minutes with your hands.
7. Place the dough in a large well-oiled bowl and rotate the ball of dough so it is completely covered with the oil.
8. Cover with a dry kitchen towel and place in a warm part of the kitchen. Let it sit until it has doubled in volume, about 1 ½ hours.
9. Remove the kitchen towel and punch in the center so that the dough deflates. Take the dough out and put it on a floured surface, cover with the kitchen towel, and let the dough rest for about 10 minutes.

Filling and Assembling the Cinnamon Rolls

¾ cup packed brown sugar
2 Tablespoon sugar
1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 teaspoon vegan butter, melted
1 cup raisins

1. Lightly grease a 9 x 13-inch pan.
2. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface into roughly a 20-inch x 13-inch wide rectangle.
3. Combine brown sugar, sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl.
4. Brush or spread the melted butter over the entire surface of the sough.
5. Sprinkle raisins and the sugar mixture evenly over the surface.
6. With the long end towards you, roll the dough up evenly. With the seam side down, use a sharp knife to cut the log in half. Then cut each half into six equal pieces. (You will have 12 cinnamon rolls.)
7. Place the rolls, cut side up, into the prepared pan, in 4 rows, with 3 rolls in each row, leaving some space between them.
8. Cover with a towel and place in a warm place until they have risen and expanded, about an hour.
9. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
10. Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Let the rolls cool for about 10 minutes.


1 ½ cups powdered sugar
3 Tbsp. water

1. Combine powdered sugar and water, and whisk until smooth.
2. Drizzle the glaze over the warm cinnamon rolls.

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