On Saturday mornings, the warm, comforting aroma of fresh cinnamon rolls wafts through the farmers' market. The line at the Bread Box Bakery stall is six deep with groggy shoppers sipping coffee and waiting to reward themselves for rising early on the weekend.
For months, I've admired the bulky cinnamon rolls from afar, assuming the bread contained eggs and the creamy icing and gooey cinnamon filling were made with butter. Imagine my delight when, visiting the bakery stand for a loaf of bread, I saw ingredients listed beside the cinnamon rolls and discovered they are dairy-free. The frosting is made with water, the cinnamon swirl with non-dairy kosher margarine, and the yeasted dough contains no egg. I had to try one. Sure, they're full of white flour, sugar, and hydrogenated vegetable oil, but life's too short to pass up surprise vegan cinnamon rolls.
Sweet, sticky, gooey, and dense, my cinnamon roll made me giggle as I ate. They're bigger than my hand; no one but a hungry farmer could polish off one of these babies in a single go. Cinnamon rolls are available at the summer and winter markets, Saturdays only. Bread Box Bakery also attends the Belfast, Brewer and Bar Harbor farmers' markets.
Discovering vegan cinnamon rolls was a thrill, but I sort of wish I hadn't, because now resistance is impossible. Hello, fat pants.