vegan recipe ethics

Filed under:Uncategorized — posted by admin on March 31, 2010 @ 7:31 pm

I got a vegan cinnamon bun recipe off of a website a while ago. It was amazing. Best homemade cinnamon buns I’ve ever had. I emailed the link to myself. I had also emailed a recipe, in the same gmail thread. I haven’t made them in a while, but I decided to make them tonight. I thought that the recipe that was in my email seemed wrong, but when I went to the blog I got it off of to check, the blog had disappeared. It’s off the internet. No google cache, no archive.org version that contains the recipe. So, I could not confirm whether or not it was the right recipe.

As I was making them, I realized for sure it was wrong. Searching through old papers, I found a printout I had made containing the correct recipe. I re-typed it out, and emailed it to myself so that I would always have it. I’m going to post it here, too. I don’t know the name of the author or anything. I guess I could go back to the archive.org version of her blog and get it (well, if she even used her name on the blog), but I figure it no longer exists, so maybe I shouldn’t. I don’t know. A sticky ethical issue to go with sticky, delicious cinnamon buns. These vegan cinnamon buns are awesome, and the world needs them.

vegan cinnamon buns:

1/2 cup water, warmed
2 tsp yeast
3/4 cup soy milk, warmed
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons margarine, at room temp.
1 tsp salt
3 1/2 cups flour
filling:
1/3 cup margarine, melted
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon
icing:
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
3 tablespoons water or soy milk
in a small bowl, add the warm water and sprinkle yeast on top. set aside. mix aside the soy milk, sugar, margarine, and salt until well combined. add 2 cups of the flour and mix again. add the yeast mixture and the rest of the flour and mix until the dough is easy to handle. knead dough on a lightly floured surface for about 5-10 minutes. place in a greased bowl and over to rise until doubled in size, about 1-1 1/2 hours.
preheat the oven to 350. when the dough has doubled in size, punch down dough. roll onto a floured surface into a 15×9 inch rectangle. spread the melted margarine over the dough, leaving just a tablespoon or so to grease the pan. mix together the brown sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the melted margarine. starting from the long side of the rectangle, tightly roll up the dough. slice into 1 inch thick slices. grease the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking pan with the rest of the melted margarine. place cinnamon buns close together in the pan and let rise again for about 40 minutes. bake for 20-22 minutes, or until golden brown.
meanwhile, combine ingredients for the icing, adding more or less water to get desired consistency. ice the cinnamon buns when they have slightly cooled. makes about 16 buns.


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