Having a sweet tooth and being a vegan can be difficult as the majority of pastries are made with eggs and butter. The good news is that non-vegan food can be substituted for vegan-friendly products.
What makes this treat so special is the cinnamon. The aromatic spice adds a depth of flavour that makes it a popular choice in pastries across the world. BBC Good Food explains that cinnamon comes in two varieties: Ceylon and Cassia. Ceylon cinnamon has a slightly sweeter taste than Cassia and is better suited for deserts. Cinnamon powder found in most stores is a combination of both.
Cinnamon has numerous health benefits that more than make up for the lack of sugar in the bread. Foxy Bingo in their feature on cinnamon detail how the super spice helps protect heart health through combatting high blood pressure and high cholesterol. It also aids in digestion, making it a lot healthier than your standard cinnamon bread.
If you’re a vegan who loves bread and cinnamon, here’s a recipe that you can enjoy!
Prep time: 1 1/2 hours
Cook time: 45 minutes
Total time: 2 hours and 15 minutes
For the dough
1/3 cup of vegan butter
3 1/2 cups of flour
1/2 cup of vegan buttermilk
1/4 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of water
1 tsp. of powdered cinnamon
1 pack of active dry yeast
A pinch of salt
For the filling
1 tsp. of cinnamon
1 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of softened vegan butter
1. Heat the vegan buttermilk until it is simmering. Remove from heat, and then add the vegan butter until its melted. Let the mixture cool.
2. In a large bowl, combine flour, yeast, sugar, and salt.
3. Add the vegan buttermilk, vegan butter, and water into the large bowl. Stir until the water disappears and the mixture becomes smooth. Add more flour if necessary.
4. Knead the dough for about 5 minutes. Keep adding some flour whenever the dough gets too sticky.
5. Grease a separate bowl and put the dough in it. Cover with cling wrap and leave for an hour.
6. While waiting for the dough, start making the filling by combining all the ingredients for it in a bowl.
7. Roll out the dough, and shape it into an oblong. Make sure that the rolled-out dough is not bigger than your loaf pan.
8. Spread the cinnamon filling on top of the dough. Then roll the dough into a log.
9. Grease your loaf pan, and then put in the cinnamon dough. Cover with cling wrap, and let it rise for about 30 minutes.
10. Pre-heat your over to 180°C (350°F)
11. Place the loaf pan into the oven, and bake for 35 – 40 minutes or until browned.
12. Once you’ve finished baking the bread, put the loaf on a wire rack and let it cool before serving.
To ensure the bread is done, tap on its crust. It should sound like it has a hollow inside if baked perfectly.
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