These are so good you guys. It's like dessert for breakfast, which, in my opinion, is the best kind of breakfast. I made these for my family on Christmas morning. I had 6 people and 3 dogs over here, and they all loved them. The dogs even got to have a bite for a special Christmas treat!
I actually made the bread dough in my bread machine. It's easy to mix it by hand though so don't worry if you don't have a bread machine handy! Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. If you're using a bread machine, put the ingredients into the pan in this order:
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- 3/4 cup non-dairy milk or water
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 3 1/2 cups of bread flour ( I used 100% Whole Wheat bread flour, which is why mine have a darker brown color, but use any flour you have really.)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup oil (I used Safflower, but you could use any light oil you have.)
- 1 1/2 tsp Active Dry Yeast
If you're using a bread machine, set it to "Dough" cycle. If you're mixing it by hand, in a small bowl mix together the yeast and water and set aside. In a large bowl, mix together the apple sauce, lemon juice, salt, sugar, and oil. Add 2 cups of flour and mix until it's smooth. Add the yeast and water, mix together, and add the remaining flour. Mix together until it forms into a ball of dough that's easy to handle. Knead the dough for 5-10 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, cover with a dry towel, and let it rise for 2 hours. When the dough has doubled in size, it is at the same stage as the end of the Bread Machine's dough cycle.
On a lightly floured surface, punch the dough down and form into a 12x16 rectangle. Now it's time to mix the filling ingredients!
- 1/3 cup vegan shortening
- 2 Tbsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 3-4 tbsp maple syrup
Spread the shortening over the rectangle dough you shaped and mix together the cinnamon, sugar, and maple syrup in a small bowl. Once it's mixed together, spread that over the shortening. Roll up the rectangle tightly and form into a log shape. Cut into 1 inch pieces and place them in an oiled baking dish.
Let the unbaked rolls sit in a warm, draft-free place for about an hour until they've about doubled in size.
Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 25-35 minutes, until golden brown. Now while they're baking you can mix the icing!
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 3 tbsp water or non-dairy milk (I used So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Beverage)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
Whisk together the above ingredients in a small bowl. If it's a little thin, just keep adding powdered sugar until it comes to your desired consistency. Once your rolls are done and out of the oven, drizzle the icing over them and eat them up!