Nope, I couldn’t. I had every intention of making sticky, gooey, soft cinnamon rolls ~ one of Paul’s favorites. But I’ve always avoided it because yeast scares me. There’s something very cool about this active, living little thing bubbling around as it gets all excited in your dough, making amazing things happen. However, I’ve always pictured my little yeast guys saying, “Oh I’m terribly sorry, but we’re feeling apathetic today so we’re gonna take a nap. No dough for you!”
But Paul’s excitement for this sweet treat inspired me. I found a super simple recipe that guaranteed “almost fool proof”. Well the author obviously doesn’t know my relationship with yeast. Yet, I was determined so I kept reading. Then I noticed words like “Earth’s Balance” and she lost me. I have nothing against vegans at all, y’all go on with your bad selves! However, I like dairy products so I used whole milk and real butter.
In a nut shell, it totally didn’t work at all, not even close. So I tossed the whole thing. Here’s the recipe if you want to give it a go. Have fun and eat well!
The World’s Easiest Cinnamon Rolls (care of minimilistbaker.com)
Their picture, not mine!
1 packet instant yeast
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup Earth balance (vegan butter), divided
1/4 tsp salt
3 cups all purpose flour
1/2 Tbsp cinnamon
1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp sugar, divided
In a large sauce pan (or in a bowl in the microwave at 30 sec increments), heat the almond milk and 3 Tbsp Earth Balance until warm and melted, never reaching boiling. Remove from heat and let cool to 110 degrees, or the temperature of bath water. It should be warm but not too hot or it will kill the yeast.
Transfer mixture to a large mixing bowl and sprinkle on yeast. Let activate for 10 minutes, then add 1 Tbsp sugar and the salt and stir.
Next add in flour 1/2 cup at a time, stirring as you go. The dough will be sticky. When it is too thick to stir, transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead for a minute or so until it forms a loose ball. Rinse your mixing bowl out, coat it with canola or grapeseed oil, and add your dough ball back in. Cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm place to rise for about 1 hour, or until doubled in size (see photo).
On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a thin rectangle. Brush with 3 Tbsp melted Earth Balance and top with 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 – 1Tbsp cinnamon.
Starting at one end, tightly roll up the dough and situate seam side down. Then with a serrated knife or a string of floss, cut the dough into 1.5 – 2 inch sections and position in a well-buttered 8×8 square or comparable sized round pan (you should have about 10 rolls). Brush with remaining 2 Tbsp Earth Balance (melted) and cover with plastic wrap. Set on top of the oven to let rise again while you preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Once the oven is hot, bake rolls for 25-30 minutes or until slightly golden brown. Let cool for a few minutes and then serve immediately.
Optional: Frost with dairy free cream cheese frosting or a simple mixture of powdered sugar and almond milk.
* TIP: Make sure to use non-dairy milk for this recipe, otherwise the protein in dairy milk may kill the yeast if not scalded.