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Caramelized Cinnamon Buns

What you need: 

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

What you do: 

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.

Preparation Time: 
20 minutes
Cooking Time: 
Servings: 
12
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

what kind of yeast do I use? active dry, instant/rapid rise, or a fresh compressed yeast? =/

I had this same question. I ended up taking a guess and using dry yeast, letting it activate via package instructions, then going ahead with the recipe. They turned out great!

I absolutely loved these! And so did my husband and my son. I actually got more than 12 rolls out of mine, I got 16. And I only used about half the butter in the filling. We didn't use any topping, we just ate them plain. DELICIOUS.

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Three Words NOM NOM NOM!!!! :)) Awesome Recipe!!!!! :> :D :) ;)b ;)

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I am making these now, it was a little hard for me to kneed the dough (have a bad neck injury) but I did my best. : )  Waiting for the dough to rise.  I did add a little vanilla to my liquid mixture and a little nutmeg to my sugar mixture.  Cant wait to bake and eat these. I love cinnamon buns  :)>>> I will let you know how they come out.

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I made these for my mother, her husband, and my sister for a special day.  Her husband begs for them everytime I visit.  When my sister called, I told her I had them in the oven.  She said she "wasn't going to participate in that!"  I told her they were made for the special occasion and were not meant to be an everyday indulgence.  She went ond and on and then said she was eating steak (yuck) that day which was to be her only indulgence.  When she got to Mom's house she went to get a drink of water.  It took her too long to get the drink, but I didn't think much of it at the time.  When I went to box up the leftovers I saw there was one missing.  Lol.  Even after all her ranting and raving they won her over.  She never did admit to eating it.  (BTW, the steak came out horrible and she complained about it for weeks.) 

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These are fantastic  :D I used Orgran No Egg instead of Flax and instant yeast.Yum!

I must admit I only used the dough recipe (with spelt flour instead of wheat) and for filling I used a jar of cinnamon pear jam and sprinkled in some raisins and walnuts. 

Mmm! Now you've got me thinking - so many awesome jams I could use in this too. Thanks!

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Yummy! I hadn't made cinnamon rolls since I became vegan, and I was looking for something really nice to take to my parents' house tonight (I'm on a mission to make them awesome vegan baked goods, because I swear they think it can't be done). Here's what I did: I ran out of sugar, so I used a little sugar, some maple syrup, some agave nectar, and a teeny bit of molasses (I like to add molasses to about everything, just in small quantities). This is also the first time that I made the flax egg and didn't blend them together in a blender--I just whisked them together in a cup. This worked perfectly! So, that's one less step I have to make when baking! So, thanks so that one!

I used all whole wheat flour, but I ran out, and I had to add in some oat flour (just some rolled oats I threw in the grinder). Maybe a cup of the oat flour? I don't know how much butter I used on the rolled out dough--just enough to sufficiently cover it. I ran out of brown sugar for the top (sensing a theme here?), and I drizzled on some maple syrup. I also added pecans and drizzled on some vanilla. I would have liked to put vanilla in the dough, if I had remembered!

I drizzled some agave over the top after cutting. I put 9 rolls in a 9" pie pan and baked in my toaster oven for 15 minutes. They were all huge! I used the dental floss cutting method, and it worked quite well. I didn't have any powdered sugar, so I had to wait to get to my parents' house, and I made a frosting there.

All in all, everyone LOVED this recipe. My bf kept raving about the maple flavor, my parents loved the whole wheat, and that it wasn't as sickly sweet as cinnamon buns they've had before, and we had enough left over for breakfast. Great recipe and I will be making this again. And soon!  :)>>>

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Yummy.  I forgot about the nuts until I already had it sliced, so I just put them on top.  I made these for my mother's  I-don't-understand-what-vegan-is husband.  These are delicious.  Next time, I will either cut down on the vanilla in the icing or use alcohol-free vanilla.  I may have use too much though. 

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what kind of yeast do I use? active dry, instant/rapid rise, or a fresh compressed yeast? =/

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it was my dad's birfday this morning and i made these for him.
he came in the kitchen while i was spreading the butter on the dough, and said "oh hi paula," as in paula deen haha!

these were SO good though! all that butter..mmm  :)>>> my dad liked them WAY better than the other cinnamon bun recipe i've made, and so this one will be replacing it!
yum.  ;D

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8-)Welly well well, these are fan-smegging-tastic!I must admit I only used the dough recipe (with spelt flour instead of wheat) and for filling I used a jar of cinnamon pear jam and sprinkled in some raisins and walnuts.  :D Wahahahaha, with these I shall deliciously decieve my non-vegan compadres!!  ;)b Thanks you!

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