There I would search for the baker who invented cinnamon rolls. Just to give him a very big hug and thank him for creating one of the most delicious things ever. Ha! What an odd encounter that would be.
Wait, I know what you’re thinking. With all the things you can do with a time machine, you would do that?
First of all, it’s well settled that I’m a tri-weirdo. Secondly, with your time machine you can do whatever you want. Personally, I would embark into the awesome cinnamon roll quest.
If by any chance we would meet afterwards and compare time machine stories; I’m fairly certain that my story would beat up your story.
First of all, I had a vegan cinnamon snail from the Cinnamon Snail food truck here in NYC. Epic, to say the least. Something you need to try at least once in your life. Worth a trip to NYC.
Also, I found at page 104 of the Baked Elements cookbook the recipe for some rad pumpkin cinnamon rolls.
MIxed the two together and cinnamon rolls are back into my life, and they’re vegan, healthy and delicious. BOOM!
Making these snails takes a little of your time but it’s so worth it. Trust me.
Adapted from Baked Elements, inspired by Cinnamon Snails Food Truck
Makes 18 large snails
3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
½ cup / 120 ml almond milk, lukewarm
1 cube baker’s yeast or 2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast
3 ½ cups / 15.5 oz / 440 gr whole wheat flour, plus extra for rolling out
¼ cup / 1.7 oz / 50 gr firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
⅔ cup / 5.6 oz / 160 gr pumpkin puree
1 flax egg
3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
¾ cup / 5.1 oz / 145 grams firmly packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
pinch of fine grain sea salt
⅓ cup confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Make the flax egg.
Melt the coconut oil (either in a small pan or in the microwave) and set aside to cool slightly.
Combine the warmed almond milk and yeast in a small bowl and set aside. After a couple of minutes it should be foamy. If not, you might have some bad yeast and must start again with new yeast.
In the bottom of the bowl of an electric mixer combine flour, sugar, salt and spices. Add the melted coconut oil and stir to combine. Add yeast/almond milk mixture, pumpkin puree and flax egg and mix combined. Switch mixer to a dough hook and run it for 5 minutes on low. I like to knead the dough by hand using only elbow grease, (it’s a very satisfactory activity and also environmentally friendly) but with the mixer it’s easier, no doubt about that.
Scrape mixture into a large oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Set aside for 1 hour in a draft-free place (I stick mine in the oven with the just the light on). It should just about double.
While the dough is rising, line the bottom of two 9-inch round cake pans (8-inch should work too, as does and 8-inch square) with parchment paper and brush the side of the pan and the paper with some melted coconut oil.
Scoop dough onto a very well floured surface and flour the top well. With a rolling pin, roll the dough to an approximately 18x20-inch (46x50 cm) rectangle. The dough will be very thin. That’s how it should be.
Brush the melted coconut oil over the dough. Stir together the remaining filling ingredients and sprinkle mixture evenly over the dough. Starting on the longer side, roll the dough into a tight spiral. It’s going to be messy because the dough is pretty soft, hold on tight. It will be a huge success in the end.
Using a very sharp knife, using no pressure whatsoever gently saw your log with a back-forth motion. Cut 18 snails and divide among prepared pans. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for another 45 minutes to 1 hour (the snails should fill the pan).
Heat the oven to 350°F (180°C), and bake snails for 25 minutes, until golden.
While snails are baking, make the glaze. Beat confectioners’ sugar with almond milk and vanilla extract until smooth. Drizzle in more almond milk or add more confectioners' sugar until you get the desired consistency (I like mine to be pretty thin).
Once the snails are ready, transfer pan to a rack and top with glaze while they’re still warm.
Each snail yields 180 calories, 10.3 grams of fat, 31.7 grams of carbs and 6.7 grams of protein.