Tuesday, August 25, 2009

This is How I Roll

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.

9 comments:

  1. Whoa, you are so lucky. I haven't had a cinnamon roll in years.

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  2. Gah, for that beauty, fat pants are a small sacrifice. Drool!

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  3. Oh wow, that is the perfect looking cinnamon roll. My local organic bakery has vegan cinnamon rolls but they don't have the icing.

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  4. i love discoveries like that! they should advertise it as vegan though! secrets don't make friends.

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  5. I just made this today but it did not make it to the blog as i forgot it in the oven. I assume that all baked goods contain eggs and dairy too esp in the Caribbean. Thats good that u have a vegan sweet treat to splurge on.

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  6. I'm embarrassed to say that I envy you ;)
    Seriously, even our local very renowned organic and wholegrain bakery si of the assumption that you can't bake anything decent (let alone decadent) without butter, dairy, eggs and / or at least honey... what a letdown.

    Cinnamon rolls of course are highly unusual in my neck of the woods, - and I'm not sure whether to be happy about that fact or not, - you see, I have made them once following a recipe from The Joy of Vegan Baking and, - what can I say? I am hooked!
    So, - what would become of me had I the chance to BUY them anywhere ?????

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  7. That looks so yummy, totally worth the fat pants!

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  8. Oh my! That is one yummy looking cinnamon roll

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  9. You know, I bought one of her cinnamon rolls one week at the Orono Market. In all honesty, her cinnamon rolls look a lot better than they taste. I think she uses an odd spice in there or something. I know loads of people love them, but I generally steer clear. Haha, I feel kind of bad now-- her other breads are amazing!

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