Caramelized Cinnamon Buns
1 cup nondairy milk (I use soy)
1/2 cup sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons yeast
3 cups unbleached white flour
1 1/2 cups wheat flour
1/3 cup vegan butter, melted
2 flax eggs (2 tablespoons ground flax + 1/2 cup water) Filling:
3/4 cup vegan butter, softened
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped nuts, optional
1. Warm the milk, and add the sugar and yeast. Let stand 10-20 minutes until it gets foamy. Make sure your yeast is active (foaming) before moving ahead. Meanwhile, prepare the rest of the ingredients. In a large bowl, place the flours and mix. Once the yeast is proofed and ready, add the melted butter and the flax eggs.
2. Mix all the wet ingredients together and then combine with flour. Mix until it is hard to mix and then turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Kneed the dough 5-10 minutes, or until it is soft and elastic. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes or so, until it has doubled in size.
3. To make the rolls, punch down the dough and roll out on a floured surface into a large rectangle. You want the dough about 1/4" thick. I think mine usually ends up being about 16x20". Once it is rolled out, spread with the softened vegan butter. Cover the butter with the brown sugar and cinnamon. Add nuts, if desired. I like to use my hands to spread the brown sugar around. It's a lot of fun.
4. Once you have the filling spread on, you'll need to roll the dough up. Start at the edge furthest away and gently work the roll over the top of itself until it is completely rolled up. At this point you'll have a log about 16" long and about 3" in diameter. Cut it into 12 slices. I like to use dental floss: take a piece of floss and wrap it around the log, overlapping where the ends meet. Pull firmly to "slice" the log. I usually cut them 1 1/2-2" wide.
5. Place into a 9x12" pan. Cover the pan with a towel and let the rolls rise again, 30-60 minutes. While they rise, preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the rolls are nice and risen, bake for about 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Mine only take 10 minutes but I use a dark pan, so I would suggest checking them.
Once out of the oven, you can put frosting on them to make them even sweeter. I make a cinna-frosting that is 1 cup powdered sugar, 1-2 shakes cinnamon, a teaspoon vanilla, and a little milk mixed together until the desired consistency.
Source of recipe: This is a recipe I modified from a recipe I found back in the day. I changed the flours, added flax, and a ton of vegan butter and sugar in the middle. It does seem like a lot, but when it bakes it melts together and caramelizes, making one tasty (and fatty!) roll.