Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Mini Cinnamon Buns

Once every 2 years or so I get a craving for a cinnamon bun and recently I had one. But, as we know, I cannot afford to eat an entire giant cinnamon bun. So I decided to attempt a mini cinnamon bun.

Since I have little experience making cinnamon buns I used the recipe from Love Like a Vegan but quartered the recipe. I rolled the dough out much thinner than the recipe calls for and it made 10 delightful mini buns. You have to read through the post to get to the best part at the end...

1/2 tsp heaping instant yeast
2 Tbsp unbleached sugar
1/4 cup lite original silk (or your choice of non-dairy milk)
1/2 egg worth of egg replacer OR 1/2 T ground flaxseeds whisked together with 6 T hot water
1 1/2 Tbsp Earth Balance margarine, melted
1 cup + 2 tbsp unbleached flour
1/4 tsp salt

1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 1/2 Tbsp Earth Balance margarine, melted

3/4 oz of Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese
1 Tbsp Earth Balance margarine, softened
6 Tbsp powdered sugar
1/8 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
2 Tbsp soy milk

Mix yeast, sugar, and heated soymilk in a large mixing bowl and let stand until foamy.

Add egg replacer, melted margarine, flour, and salt. Mix well and knead for 5-10 minutes (um, I did it for like a minute). The dough should be firm and smooth, not sticky. Set the dough aside in a covered bowl and let double in size.

After the dough has doubled-ish, turn it out onto a floured work surface, cover, and let rest for 10 more minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon.

Roll dough into approximately 16×21 inch rectangle or possibly smaller. Spread dough with margarine and sprinkle evenly with sugar/cinnamon mixture. Roll up dough and cut into 10 sections with a sharp knife.

Place rolls on a lightly greased 9×13 inch cookie sheet. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Bake rolls in preheated oven until golden brown, about 15 minutes. While rolls are baking, beat together Tofutti, margarine, powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt. Spread frosting on warm rolls before serving.

Lazy? Short on time? The funniest recipe I ever found on vegweb was for a lazy-man's cinnamon bun. Someone posted a recipe that basically stated you need to cut the crust off a piece of bread, flatten the bread, spread margarine on it, sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on the margarine, roll it up and microwave the little bun. I did it and it's actually not bad! It's not a cinnamon bun but you get the same flavors. It's a quick and fun treat.

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