Yesterday was my husband’s birthday. Before my morning run, I quickly made some dough for cinnamon rolls. The recipe came from my favorite Betty Crocker cookbook, which I adapted to be dairy, egg and nut-free. While I think it’s possible to find cinnamon pastries in Switzerland (pain or brioche à la canelle or franzbrotchen), I wanted to make big and doughy American-style cinnamon rolls that the whole family could enjoy for breakfast.
3 ½ to 4 cups flour
⅓ cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
4 ½ teaspoons yeast
1 cup very warm rice milk
⅓ cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon flax meal mixed with 3 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons dairy-free margarine
¼ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup powdered sugar
¼ teaspoons vanilla sugar
2-3 teaspoons rice milk
1. Whisk together 2 cups of flour with sugar, salt and yeast in a large bowl. Add the warm rice milk, oil and flax meal mixture. Mix together well and form a wet dough.
2. Then, add the remaining flour to make the dough easy to handle. Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 5 minutes until smooth and elastic. Cover and let rise for about 1 hour or until doubled in size.
3. After it’s risen, punch down the dough. Flatten with hands or rolling pin into a rectangle, about 10-15 inches (25-38 cm) on a floured surface.
4. Spread the 2 tablespoons of margarine on the dough. Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon, and sprinkle evenly over the dough.
5. Roll the dough into a tight cylinder and cut into about 10-15 pieces. Let rise in a greased pan for another 15-30 minutes. Then, bake at 180°C/350°F for 30 minutes.
6. Remove from oven and let cool for about 10 minutes. Whisk together the glaze ingredients and drizzle over the rolls.
Massive Hail Storm
In the evening, a huge hail storm swept through Switzerland. As I was making dinner and putting the final touches on my (soy) yogurt birthday cake, the skies darkened and the wind picked up. Chunks of hail started falling and accumulating like snow. My husband walked home in the storm, and snapped a photo of the icy debris.
Hope you have wonderful plans for the first official weekend of summer. Bon week-end!