Prep Time: 1 1/2 - 2 hours
Cook Time: 30 - 35 minutes
Cinnamon rolls are already a perfect pastry, and an added apple flavor makes them great for autumn. Using this recipe, you'll be prepared with a vegan dessert for fall parties, or just as a morning treat.
- 2 Red Delicious apples, chopped into small pieces [with or without the skin]
- 3 cups flour
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk [can be substituted for soy]
- 1/2 cup of vegan butter
- 1/3 cup and 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 packet of instant yeast
- In a saucepan, combine the chopped apples, 1 tablespoon of butter, cinnamon, and nutmeg over medium high heat. Continue to cook until the apples are made soft, then mash them until the mixture is a thicker, applesauce-like consistency.
- Once finished, allow the apple mixture to cool.
- In a smaller saucepan, heat the almond milk and three tablespoons of butter until it reaches 110 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Pour the butter and milk mixture into a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle the packet of instant yeast over top. Allow the yeast to activate for 10 minutes. Add one tablespoon of sugar and the 1/4 teaspoon of salt, stir.
- Continue to stir while occasionally adding 1/2 cup of flour. When the dough becomes too thick to stir, move it onto a floured surface and knead it into a ball.
- Clean out the mixing bowl you were using, then coat it with cooking spray. Place the ball of dough in it. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap [or a kitchen towel] and allow it to rise in a warm place for 1 hour. The dough should be doubled in size when finished.
- On a floured surface, roll out the dough into a long rectangle. Brush with 3 tablespoons melted butter. Continue to top the dough with 1/3 cup of sugar, 1/4 cup of the prepared apple mixture, and an extra 1 teaspoon cinnamon. More of the apple mixture can be added, but make sure the dough can still be easily rolled.
- Tightly roll the dough, and make sure the seam side is facing downward. Using a serrated knife, cut the roll into 2 inch sections. Place the sections into a greased 8x8 inch pan. Brush the tops of the cinnamon rolls with the leftover apple mixture.
- Place plastic wrap or a towel over top the rolls. Allow them to rise for another 15-20 minutes. While doing this, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Bake the rolls for 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm.
*For frosting, pour powdered sugar into a bowl and mix in 1/2 teaspoons almond milk until it has a creamy consistency.
Photo provided by suzettesuzette, through Flickr Creative Commons.