Hike 55: As the Waves Rolled, so too did the Cinnamon

August 13, 2011

Vacation at last. I can feel my muscles releasing and turning into soupy red jelly. My heart has all but stopped and my sleep debt is rabidly being repaid. Fill me with fat and sugar! Quickly I’ll grow and consume grow and consume, as vacation becomes but a wrinkle in my tremendous girth.

I woke early Friday morning and began the process. The waves rolled, the cinnamon rolled, and soon my sides will roll.

This recipe, despite its lack of dairy and eggs, met with universal acclaim from my harsh family of omnivorous critics. Tempted as I was to devour the whole tray, I stayed my hand.



  • 2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup unbleached sugar
  • 1 cup soy milk, warmed
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds whisked together with 6 tablespoons hot water
  • 1/3 cup vegan butter (Earth Balance), melted
  • 4 1/2 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup vegan butter (Earth Balance), softened


  • About 3/8 (3 ounces) of a container of Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup vegan powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

I would use this ring from a desire to do good, but through me, it would wield a power too great and terrible to imagine.

  1. Mix yeast, sugar, and heated vegan milk in a large mixing bowl and let stand until foamy. Add egg replacer, melted vegan butter, flour, and salt. Mix well and knead for 5-10 minutes. The dough should be firm and smooth, not sticky.
  2. Set the dough aside in a covered bowl for an hour to an hour and a half until it has roughly doubled in size. After the dough has doubled, turn it out onto a floured work surface, cover, and let rest for 10 more minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, mix together brown sugar and cinnamon.
  4. Roll the dough into a rectangle. Spread the dough with vegan butter, then sprinkle it evenly with the sugar mixture. Though I left the filling as is, it would be easy to add extra ingredients like raisins or nuts. Roll the dough on the longer side. Cut the rolls so that you have even slices. Cut straight down the middle first, then cut straight down the middle of the two sections, and finally cut down the middle of the four sections. In the end you should have eight evenly sized rolls if you follow this method.
  5. Place rolls in a lightly greased baking pan or two. (A cookie sheet also works fine.) Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  6. Bake rolls in preheated oven until golden brown, about 15 minutes.
  7. While rolls are baking, beat together Tofutti, vegan butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt. Spread frosting on warm rolls before serving.
You can find the original recipe, along with other great vegan concoctions at the link posted below.*

The result of a hungry gull.

I suppose I should balance indulgence with discipline. A hike will shortly follow.



10 Responses to “Hike 55: As the Waves Rolled, so too did the Cinnamon”

  1. Samantha said

    Love the pictures. Sounds just heavenly to have a cinnamon roll on the beach. 🙂

    • 300hikes said

      I’m sure it would be lovely to have a cinnamon roll on the beach. I, however, wouldn’t know. I desperately tried to get a picture of a western gull coming up to the roll, only to have it carried away in its entirety. That gull really knew what he was doing…

  2. Holy Guacamole–That looks good–Into the recipe file it goes!

  3. the style of these shots is fantastic. thanks for stopping by the A Dog’s Beach blog, and i’m not officially hungry. 🙂

    • 300hikes said

      I can only assume you meant that you are NOW officially hungry, rather than NOT officially hungry, in which case I’ve done my job. Thank you for taking a look! I really did enjoy your blog.

  4. puglovesbiscuit said

    Well you can try the peanut butter sandies and I will try these as they look amazing!
    Great photography.


  5. Those cinnamon buns look divine! I once saw a seagull swallow a cinnamon bun whole. Not pretty.

  6. shellywest said

    That looks like a fantastic combination!

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