Last night I was looking for something new to do for Sunday morning breakfast. As I perused the Happy Herbivore book (one of my favorites) I came across the Cinnamon Buns (p. 36). I initially passed the recipe up but the beautiful picture Lindsay has of a cinnamon roll got stuck in my brain. Efforts in finding something else to eat became futile....I could only think of that yummy cinnamon roll. I fought the urge but finally, the urge won.
In other recipes in the past, there was always a process of letting the dough rise (usually for an hour) but this ultra simple recipe was quick and done in less than an hour, including bake time. We pulled these six beautiful buns out of the oven and a strange thing happened....all of a sudden three kids were standing next to me asking, "Dad, can I have one?" So we sat down as a family and each had a yummy cinnamon roll. Oh, and yes....they are as good as they look!!! Now I still have to find something new for Sunday morning breakfast.
3/4 cup soy milk
2 1/4 tsp. active yeast
3 cups spelt flour (or whole-wheat pastry flour)
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/4 cup raw sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon (divided into two 1 tsp. portions)
1/4 tsp. fine salt
5 Tbsp. unsweetened applesauce
4 Tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup soy milk
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray an 8" round cake pan with Pam or rub a thin layer of unsweetened apple sauce.
2. Warm soy milk to approximately 110 degrees (F). Sprinkle in yeast and let dissolve, about 5 minutes.
3. In mixing bowl, whisk 2 cups of spelt flour with baking powder, sugar, 1 tsp. cinnamon and salt.
4. Stir in applesauce, milk/yeast mixture and another 1/2 cup of spelt flour with spatula.
5. Stir in remaining flour and knead in the mixing bowl 15 to 20 times until elastic and not excessively sticky.
6. Flour a rolling pin and roll dough out into a large thin rectangle (see first picture above).
7. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and 1 tsp. cinnamon and then spoon over rolled out dough, leaving a 1 inch margin around the edges.
8. Gently but tightly roll the dough up. Cut the rolled up "log" into 6 equal pieces.
9. Place buns in the prepared pan; a tight fit is okey.
10. Bake for 25 minutes, until slightly golden and thoroughly cooked.
11. While baking, prepare icing by mixing the powdered sugar with milk to make a glaze. You may need to add additional milk.
12. Drizzle glaze over buns while they are still warm.
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