Cinnamon Buns

I love Sunday! It’s a day of rest, a day of baking and cooking, a day of doing whatever it is I feel like doing. So yesterday I choose to bake off some cinnamon buns at the request of my daughter. So, I pulled Vegan Brunch by Isa Chandra Moskowitz off the book shelf and found her recipe on page 178/179.

It started off innocently enough. The yeast was nice and foamy, the flour turned into dough easily with the help of my Kitchen Aid stand mixer (I don’t mix any dough, unless its cookie or muffin dough, by hand) it was a beautiful piece of dough. I let it rest for a few hours, as I had adulting to do read- chores and parenting. I came back to it, and realized that I need to let it rest again for another 1/2 hr or so. No big deal, we can have these after supper a nice warm, soft, gooey treat just before bed, on a school night.

So, I put the mixture on top, rolled it up, nice and tight sliced it, put in a pan with parchment paper, covered and let  it rise again.

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Looks good don’t they? Trust me, my kitchen smelled like a piece of heaven. It’s hard waiting sometimes. The kitchen was nice and warm, which is welcomed as it was chilly yesterday. The smell of cinnamon was crawling through out my house, making tummies rumble with delight. Which quickly made the kids nag me “Are they ready yet?” A question that must’ve made the world’s record book for how many times can a kid ask that within 20 mins. You thought your car ride was annoying with your kids asking “Are we there yet?”

Finally, they are ready to take out of oven. To my surprise, my buns went from perfect looking- to some looking like well- boys lol

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They may not have turned out perfect, but they were perfectly delicious!

adapted from Isa’s Vegan Brunch.

For the dough you will need:

2 ¼ teaspoons dry active yeast

1/3 plus 1 teaspoon sugar

½ cup lukewarm water

¾ room temperature milk, I use Almond Milk

1/3 cup neutral oil like canola

¾ teaspoon sea salt

1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon

3 ½ cups of flour

For the filling:

¼ cup EACH brown and regular sugar

1 ½ tablespoons cinnamon

2 tablespoons flour

You will also need some butter, if it’s hard make sure it’s room temperature, you’ll need about a ¼ cup, I don’t know, I don’t measure that part.

The method:

Take the yeast, water and 1 teaspoon of sugar and whisk it in the stand mixer bowl. (If you don’t have a stand mixer, then whisk in a large bowl). Let sit for about 5 mins.

Add the rest of the ingredients into the bowl BUT start out with 2 cups of flour and slowly adding the rest. Mix on #2 for about 5 mins. Or kneed it for about 10 mines. If the dough is sticky, then add a little more flour. You don’t want it to be sticky.

Oil a large bowl, roll the dough around in it, and cover with a clean towel. Let rise for about an hour or until double in size. Now go wash your dishes, have a shower, enjoy a glass of wine, take your dog for a walk.

After it has doubled in size, punch the dough down, cover it back up and start making the filling.

Mix the sugars, flour and cinnamon together. Roll out the dough, spread the butter, just cover every inch of it, it does not need to be perfect, I like little lumps here and there, sprinkle with sugar mixture, Roll the dough as tight as you can. Then slice into pieces. I split the dough into 2; it’s easier to work with when you don’t have a lot of counter space.

Pre-heat oven to 375. You’ll need two round pie pans, spray with oil- or use parchment paper (I love easy clean up). Fit the buns into pie pans, loosely they need room to rise again. Cover with a clean towel, clean up your mess. After about ½ hr these babies are ready to be baked. Bake for 18-20 mins.

Let them cool off in pan for about 5 mins, then transfer to a cooling rack. Well the buns are cooling; it’s time to make the icing.

Icing:

1 cup powdered sugar

2 tablespoons milk I use Almond

¼ teaspoon of vanilla powder or a teaspoon of vanilla extract

Mix together and drizzle over warm buns. Enjoy!!!

This would be great with a Carmel sauce as well, or ice cream. A cinnamon sundae- yummy!!

What are some of your favourite Sunday treats?

 

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