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Cinnamon sticks (vegan)

January 27, 2014

There’s this bakery near our house that only sells cinnamon sticks once a year during a summer festival event, and after that they don’t sell those delightful things for another 364 days. Lil’ bun finally had the opportunity to try one of their cinnamon sticks this past summer and she fell in love with them. After that, we were unable to find anything like it…until we came across this recipe.

IMG-20140118-03486Cinnamon sticks (makes 15)
adapted from lunchboxbunch

3 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups warm water
2 teaspoons coconut oil (or melted butter or canola oil)
2 1/4 teaspoons rapid rise yeast
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoon sugar (evaporated cane juice crystals)
1/3 cup raisins

Topping:
1 tablespoon coconut oil melted
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup sugar

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1. Mix the yeast with 1 cup of the warm water in a small bowl and let it sit for 5-10 minutes until it starts to foam up. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and sugar. Then in a small bowl mix the topping ingredients (cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar) together and set aside.

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2. Add the remaining 1/2 cup of water and the coconut oil into the flour mixture until you are left with a lumpy dough. It should hold together on it’s own and come away from the sides of the bowl a little bit.

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3. Knead the dough for 3-5 minutes on a lightly floured surface. When you’re done kneading, put the dough back into the large bowl and cover it with a tea towel. Place it in a warm place and let it rise for 30 – 45 mins until it doubles in size.

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4. When the dough is done rising, add in the raisins and knead the dough for another 3 – 5 mins.

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5. Roll the dough out with a rolling pin until it’s 1 cm thick. Brush on the 1 tablespoon of coconut oil from the topping ingredients. Slice the dough into 15 even strips for the cinnamon sticks.

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6. Twist each strip into a spiral and sprinkle your cinnamon sugar mixture you made earlier on it until it’s fully coated. You might want to transfer the cinnamon sugar mix into a large bowl and just toss your dough strip in it.

IMG-20140118-034787. Place all your cinnamon sticks onto a baking sheet and cover it with a tea towel again so that they can rise for another 15 – 30 minutes.

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8. Bake at 400F for 18 – 20 minutes until golden brown.

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9. Munch and enjoy!

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I was surprised as to how flaky they turned out to be since there wasn’t very much coconut oil in the recipe. Lil’ bun liked this recipe as well since they were really easy to make. The two of us can’t wait until we make these again because they are just so yummlicious!

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