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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Vegan Cinnamon Roll Casserole

My forte is definitely not in baking. I do not know what it is, but when I bake, things just do not come out as I had planned. So lately, I have decided to experiment more with baking so that I can develop my skills. The other day I was craving cinnamon rolls, but wanted to put some sort of twist on it. That is when it hit me....LAYERS! Layers of sweet dough and cinnamon sugar topped with a cream "cheese" icing. MMMMMMM!

This is a vegan twist on cinnamon rolls. Get ready for an easy, scrumptious dessert recipe!


RECIPE
Dough
3 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 c soymilk (or any milk alternative)
1/3 c + 1 tbsp oil (vegetable, coconut, etc.)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder

Yeast
1 packet yeast
1/2 c warm water
1 tsp sugar

Filling
1 c sugar
1/8 c cinnamon powder

Icing
8 oz cream cheese alternative (or cream cheese for non-vegans)
1/4 c soymilk (or milk alternative)
1/8 c sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS
Prepare the yeast by mixing the contents of the packet, water, and sugar in a small bowl. Set aside.


To prepare the dough, combine the flour, salt, and baking powder in a bowl. Once mixed well, add the soymilk, oil, vanilla, and yeast mixture. Make sure to mix all the ingredients well, then use hands to form well mixed dough into a ball. Place the dough in a greased bowl covered with plastic wrap for one hour. 

Prepare the cinnamon sugar by simply combining the cinnamon and sugar.

When the dough is ready, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, and divide the dough into four even parts. On a clean, flat, floured surface roll out one portion of the dough to fit the size of your casserole dish. Place the rolled out dough into your greased dish. Spread some oil on the dough and top with as much cinnamon sugar as you want! Repeat the steps until you have completed the last layer. Place the casserole, covered with foil, in the oven for about 10 minutes. Remove the foil and allow to bake for ten more minutes, or until a knife comes out clean after inserting. When done, allow to cool.

To make the icing, combine all the ingredients in a blender (add more or less sugar depending on your preference) and blend until smooth. Once the casserole has cooled, serve a slice and top with icing. Enjoy!  

TIPS

  • Add raisins, nuts, or chocolate chips to the filling for  variation.
  • Add a ripe banana to the icing for a creamy banana icing.

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