Friday, December 26, 2008

the aftermath.

christmas is over!! how very sad. i hope everyone had a good holiday filled with food and presents and all that mushy love crap.

what did *i* do on christmas, you ask?!

for starters, i made cinnamon buns for breakfast.

picture taken mid-drizzle... yum. the almondy icing went perfect with coffee.

as far as presents go, i got a bunch of awesome stuffs including clothes and a copy of my absolute favorite piece of music, a schumann piano concerto. obviously though, you guys are only interested in the food-related goodies, so here ya go:

vegan candy! newman's sweet dark chocolate x2, green and black's 70% dark, dagoba (i'm not sure if the name is a star wars reference or just a coincidence) mint chocolate x2, sunspire chocolate raisins and chocolate almonds, huge bag of candied ginger, and some random japanese fruity things hidden under there.

a DONUT PAN! so i can make delicious vegan donuts without the bothersome and artery-clogging deep frying.

a lovely recipe book so i can have a place other than my laptop to keep all of my favorite recipes from you guys ;)

a WWF sweatshirt. not food-related, but kind of vegan-related?

here is the cinnamon bun recipe:

cinnamon buns
veganized from baking bites

1/2 cup water, warmed
2 tsp sugar
2 packets active dry yeast (4 1/2 tsp)
1 1/2 cups vanilla almond milk, warmed
2 ener-G eggs
1 tbsp salt
1/2 cup sugar
4 tbsp earth balance, softened
5 1/2-6 cups flour

Combine first three ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook. Let stand for 10 minutes, until yeast is foamy.
Add almond milk, "eggs", salt, sugar, earth balance and 3 cups of flour. Mix until well incorporated and smooth. Add 2 more cups of flour. Mix until smooth. Add any remaining flour in smaller increments until dough comes together and away from the sides of the bowl. Dough will be slightly sticky, but very smooth.
Form dough into a ball and place in greased, covered bowl to rise until doubled, about 1 - 1 1/2 hours.

3-4 tbsp vanilla almond milk
Brown sugar
1 cup raisins (optional)

Preheat oven to 400F.
Coat two 9×13 glass baking dishes with cooking spray or butter.
Remove dough from bowl onto a lightly floured surface.
Divide dough in two and roll each piece out into (roughly) a 10×14 inch rectangle. Brush each rectangle with milk, dust throughly with cinnamon and top with brown sugar. Sprinkle with raisins, if desired. Roll in a jelly-roll fashion beginning at a short end. Pinch seam shut. Repeat for second rectangle.
Slice logs at 1 inch intervals and place rounds in the baking dish so they are just touching.
Bake 15-20 minutes at 400F, until tops are golden brown.
Let cool for 5-10 minutes. Cut apart and drizzle with glaze.
Makes about 20 buns. (i halved the recipe and got 15, but mine were small)


1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
Enough almond milk to form a pourable consistency

Stir ingredients until smooth with a fork. Drizzle over cinnamon buns.


VeggieGirl said...

Amaaaazing eats & gifts from your Christmas; and love that Cinnamon Bun recipe!!

nourishing mornings said...

yummm cinnamon buns those look incredible! and great gifts :)

Anonymous said...

Awesome gifts!!! And I love the sweater, so cute! The cinnamon rolls look super tasty, yummy !!

Kiki said...

Yum, great food and food gifts! I love candied ginger. I may just have to try those cinnamon buns over break!

Anonymous said...

Great gifts!!! I love the donut pan and the recipe book. I print all my recipes out which totally wastes paper. Mmm, lots of nummy chocolate too.

Adorable sweater =)

Anonymous said...

YUM.. cinnamon rolls! Haven't had those in a long time.. yours look real good, too.

A donut pan? How cool is that.

Love your sweater. :-)

Anonymous said...

I really love the recipe book thing!

Maya said...

cinnamon buns!!! so yummy!amazing:)

Brooke said...

yum! your cinnamon rolls look delicious! that brings back memories because this was the first year i did not make them for christmas morning :( i wanted to make vegan caramel rolls but i was being a lazy little girl.

great foodie presents! i too, received many fun treats in my stocking!

i hope you had a very merry christmas :)

River said...

Your presents are fabulous! Chocolate!!

Gooey cinnamon bun goodness, that's my way to start off the day!

Megan said...

I love WWF stuff, I have a few of their shirts and i feel so fab wearing them around.

looove all of your goods!

Burp~! said...

wow, those cinnamon buns look amazing! you sure know how to tantalize our taste buds!

Anonymous said...

WOW! You got some snazzy Christmas presents! I especially love your sweater!

emily. said...

Definitely trying the Cinnamon Buns tonight! They sound perfect for a late night treat.

Merry Christmas!

Sal said...

I made cinnamon buns for xmas morning too but yours kick the crap out of mine!! They look amazing.

Burp~! said...

yup, it's dragonfruit! you should try it, though I'm not sure where you can get it where you live...maybe whole foods?

Sanja said...

Those cinnamon buns... can I have one, please?

Tami (Vegan Appetite) said...

Oooh...those cinnamon buns look perfect! said...

cool sweatshirt! KA!

Anonymous said...

haha it always amazes me how people take pictures like that with icing mid air or the steam coming off of a piping hot bowl of oatmeal..if I were to try to take a picture like that things would go flying and spill and it would be a disaster!! haha love your sweatshirt greens my fav color :)

ŀĀŘ¡ŝ∫Á said...

those cinnamon buns look so good!

Anonymous said...

I love that sweatshirt!!! I think we're about the same size, can we share? :)
I'm also super-jealous of your dougnut pan! I really want one, because I refuse to fry them - yuck!

tofufreak said...

yummy cinnamon buns! :) what fun gifts too! ^_^

Bethany said...

that is a serious looking pan of cinnamon rolls. yum!

I have always wondered about the dagoba chocolate as well. I just looked it up and iDagoba is a Sanskrit word for temple. I would have liked it better if it was linked to Star Wars. Maybe it is and they don't want to pay royalties.

That is a cool wwf sweatshirt.