Ok, now you all know 100% I’m insane, but I couldn’t help myself. I had wanted to do a type of maki roll, just with an actual cinnamon bun, but that was going to be a fierce operation (the dough was going to be green!) so I came up with this instead. So, completely different to where I originally started, but that’s often how these projects go. Amirite?
- 1 cup chickpeas
- 1/2 – 1 tsp spirulina (depends on personal taste)
- 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar
- Fennel, ginger + paprika
- Optional but super tasty if you find it: 2 nori sheets, shredded alone and then blended together with above ingredients.
- Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Don’t worry if you have bits of nori flying around – that’s extra special nom right there.
- 1/2 carrot, cut julienne
- 1 small radish, julienne
- 1 TBSP nutritional yeast
- 2 tsp lite soy sauce
- ginger spice
- Steam the sticks until uber, uber soft (approx 5 minutes), then toss them lightly in a combination of the nutritional yeast, soy sauce and ginger spice.
Once I find a recipe I like I’m hard-pressed to wander too far afield, especially since I’m not a fan of yeast. Therefore the cinnamon roll recipe is based on Foodie Fiasco’s awesome recipe that I’ve used for savoury-type cinnamon rolls before with much delight.
Cinnamon rolls (12 servings):
- 2 cups wholewheat flour
- 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar
- 5 TBSP homemade pumpkin mash (be sure to steam the pants off the puree and pat dry any excess moisture)
- 1/2 + 3 TBSP cup soy milk
- 1 TBSP NuNaturals Simple Syrup OR 2 TBSP agave/maple syrup/sugar
- 1 TBSP melted vegan butter/coconut oil/tahini oil
- 3 tsp unrefined sugar
- Preheat your oven to 200C and spray a round pan BUT if you’re slow with pastry rather wait it out and heat up your oven when you know you’re closer to done.
- Mix together all your dry ingredients in a big bowl, including the spices.
- Mix in your pumpkin mash with a fork into the dry ingredients, then let it chill for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, add your cider vinegar to the milk and let it curdle.
- Once the ten minutes are up add the milk and Simple Syrup to the mix, stirring til combined.
- Lightly knead until just workable then roll out the dough using a pin or your hands to form a rectangle.
- Paint your melted coconut oil/butter on top of the surface.
- Spread your hummus evenly across the surface of the dough.
- Lay a strip of carrot sticks lengthwise down the length of the rectangle approx 2 cm from the edge.
- Sprinkle the 3 tsp sugar over the entire surface of the dough. Splash on lots of cinnamon and ginger spice.
- Starting from the side closest to you, roll the dough up tightly lengthwise and then press down lightly when you reach the end.
- Slice into 12 pieces and place them face-up packed into the 8″ pan.
- Lightly paint some soy milk on top of the rolls.
- Bake for 15 minutes until golden.
Top with some rice-cream. I added 1/8 cup NuNaturals Simple Syrup, 2 packets of Stevia and 3 tsp of vanilla extract to the main batch to sweeten it a bit. If you want a runnier mixture to drizzle over your rolls just take out a portion (say 1/3 cup) mix with a bit of milk or tahini to thin it out a bit.So this sounds weird and everything but it is in fact delicious! Super moist and flavourful dough, especially considering the hummus sort of bakes into the dough…glorious! I’m not kidding 😀
Topped with the rice-cream, my favourite new discovery, it’s just heavenly. The carrot sticks inside are so flavourful that when you rip open (or gently cut open, whatever) the roll the scents that waft out are insane. The soy-nutritional yeast mixture is definitely a winner!
I made Man-thing some sweet versions on the side with pomegranate jam and lots more sugar, but he was even very chuffed with these and really digs the carrot insides! The bit of spirulina gives the hummus an edge that’s hard to miss in a good way, but as I said, if you have some nori lying around try adding it and see what happens – I suspect something magical!
Today we went shopping for all sorts of house goodies like a wire rack for veggies, some inner racks to organize my pantry, and then of course I went a bit wild and bought some blog toys – cups, plates, etc. I have to still sort out my photography room and buy my big table for pictures, but in the meanwhile I can live with what I’ve got, which is mainly more light! Hurrah! Once these 29 days are done we should be properly settled and then I’ll take you all through a photographic tour of the new lair – so much shiny!