The Non-Bakers Cinnamon Buns

You guys - I don't bake. Simply put, I don't have patience or self control (raise time? Cooling time? whatttt????) to be a successful baker. I look at this as an advantage and a way to keep my insanely prevalent sweet tooth at bay. But then this happened.... 

 

I came across a recipe called "The Worlds Easiest Cinnamon Buns" (Minimalist Baker) and as one to never turn down a challenge, I thought I would put her title to the test. And I can report back that it is in fact the easiest recipe, so with a few adaptations, I made a second batch, which is now officially my first successful recipe using "yeast" (so advanced). I waited (not to long), I kneaded (that was easier then I thought), I rolled and baked. The good news with Cinnamon Buns is there is no cool time (the hardest part).. You eat these guys the moment they come out of the oven, sufficiently soaked in icing - oh. my. gawd. 

Ingredients 

  • 2 1/4 tsp (quick raising) yeast
  • 1 cup oat milk (any nut milk will do but I used oat milk bc it is naturally very sweet)
  • 1 cup vegan butter
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 cups unbleached flour 
  • 3 tbs cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup cranberries 
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Icing

  • 3 tbs oat milk (again, any nut milk will do)
  • 3 cups of icing sugar

Directions

  1. Melt the butter and mix it with the oat milk. Warm the liquid up in either the microwave or in a sauce pan. It should be luke warm. Make sure it is not too hot otherwise the yeast will not raise properly
  2. Transfer the liquid to a large bowl. Add the yeast and let it sit for 10 mins. Then add 1 tbs coconut sugar and salt, mix with a whisk.
  3. Slowly start adding the flour, 1/2 cup at a time. You might not need all 3 cups. Once the dough formed into a ball and still slightly sticky move it onto a floured surface and knead into a ball, for about 1 minute. 
  4. Spray the inside of a large mixing bowl with cooking spray. Place the dough ball into the bowl, cover with saran wrap and place in a warm spot for 1 hr. The dough will raise to double its size!
  5. Transfer the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Roll into a thin rectangle shape. Brush on the remaining melted butter all over the dough. Sprinkle with cinnamon, remaining coconut sugar, cranberries and walnuts. 
  6. Starting at one end, tightly roll the dough into a log. Using a very sharp knife of a piece of fishing string (this part was fun), cut through the dough into 2" rolls. Place the rolls into a pyrex baking dish (again, sprayed with cooking spray). 
  7. Preheat the oven to 350, allowing the cinnamon buns to sit on the oven, covered with the saran wrap a while longer to raise some more. Once the oven is ready, add the cinnamon buns and bake for 25-30 mins. 
  8. Make the icing sugar by combining the oat milk and icing sugar until desired consistency. 
  9. Serve Cinnamon Buns warm out of the oven with icing sugar. 

Enjoy!