Spelt Cinnamon Rolls with Sourdough (Vegan)

When it’s gray and wet outside, I can only think of one thing: soft, spicy cinnamon buns fresh from the oven! And because the summer has unfortunately had a lot of gray and wet days so far, it was definitely time for a new cinnamon roll recipe. This time it’s spelt cinnamon rolls with sourdough. If you replace butter and milk with plant-based alternatives, this recipe is not only wheat-free and yeast-free, but also vegan.

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Why you’ll love the spelt cinnamon rolls with sourdough

The spelt cinnamon buns are made without yeast and without wheat flour. Thanks to the sourdough and tangzhong, they are still soft and moist and stay fresh for a long time. The dough is quick and easy to make and you can leave it to rest overnight in the fridge. Warm spicy cinnamon buns are the perfect autumn recipe, but with a few fresh berries in the filling you can turn them into a great summer recipe.

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What you need for Swedish spelt sourdough cinnamon rolls

  • Spelt flour, type 630. If you want to replace some of the flour with wholemeal flour, you may need to increase the proportion of water.
  • Water: Cold in summer and lukewarm in winter.
  • Sourdough starter: The sourdough doesn’t have to be freshly fed, but it shouldn’t have been more than a week since it was last refreshed. If you have sourdough discard, I have the right recipes for you here. I feed my sourdough with equal parts water and flour. For the flour, I use a mixture of wheat flour and wholegrain rye flour. If you feed your sourdough with a different water-to-flour ratio, you will need to adjust the amount of water in the recipe accordingly.
  • Sugar for sweetness.
  • Soft butter or a vegan alternative for the dough.
  • Salt for the flavour.
  • Cardamom for the dough.
  • Cinnamon for the filling.
  • Berries (frozen or fresh) for the filling (optional).

In three steps: How to make vegan sourdough cinnamon rolls

Prepare the dough

For the tangzhong, mix 20 grams of flour with 100 grams of water in a pan and bring to the boil briefly until a firm paste forms. Leave the tangzhong to cool completely.

Mix* all the ingredients into a homogeneous batter. Cover the dough and allow to rest at room temperature for about six hours. Stretch and fold once after 30 minutes.

Leave the dough to rest in a covered bowl overnight or for 12 hours in the fridge.

Fill and shape the cinnamon buns

For the filling, mix the sugar, cinnamon and salt.

Remove the dough from the fridge and roll out on a floured work surface to form a rectangle. Brush the dough sheet with the soft butter and sprinkle with the cinnamon filling and berries (optional). Roll up the pastry tightly.

Cut the rolled dough into nine to twelve cinnamon rolls. This works best with a thin thread. Place the cinnamon rolls with a little space in between in a greased oven dish and leave to rest for another one to two hours at room temperature.

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Bake the sweet spelt rolls

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.

Brush the cinnamon rolls with oat milk and sprinkle with coarse sugar.

Bake the rolls for about 40 minutes until golden brown.

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  • A grain mill* for freshly ground wholemeal flour.
  • A Danish Whisk* – especially if you don’t use a kitchen machine. This allows you to mix your ingredients without the whole dough sticking to the spoon.
  • A kitchen scale*.
  • You can use a stainless steel dough knife* to cut your dough pieces or shape your loaves.
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  • A wooden rolling pin*.
  • A steam tray consisting of a stainless steel oven mould* and lava stones*. The tray is filled with the stones and placed on the bottom of the oven during preheating. When you put your bread in the oven, pour hot water onto the stones. This creates steam, which ensures that your bread rises well.
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Spelt Cinnamon Rolls with Sourdough (Vegan)

The spelt cinnamon buns are made without yeast and without wheat flour. Thanks to sourdough and a tangzhong, they are still soft and moist and stay fresh for a long time. The dough is quick and easy to make and you can leave it to rest overnight in the fridge. Warm spicy cinnamon rolls are the perfect autumn recipe, but with a few fresh berries in the filling you can turn them into a great summer recipe. If you replace butter and milk with plant-based alternatives, this recipe is not only wheat-free and yeast-free, but also vegan.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Resting Time 18 hours
Total Time 19 hours
Course kanelbullar, Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls, Spelt Cinnamon Rolls
Cuisine swedish
Servings 9 Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients
  

tangzhong

  • 100 g water or plant-based milk alternative
  • 20 g spelt flour type 630

Ingredients for the Dough

  • tangzhong cooled
  • 500 g spelt flour type 630
  • 250 g water
  • 50 g sourdough starter
  • 60 g vegan butter
  • 30 g sugar
  • 1 tsp. cardamom
  • 1 pinch of salt

Ingredients for the Filling

  • 100 g brown sugar
  • 70 g soft butter or vegan butter
  • tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • berries (e.g. currants, raspberries, blackberries) optional

Other

  • coarse sugar

Instructions
 

Day 1

  • For the tangzhong, mix 20 grams of flour with 100 grams of water in a pan and bring to the boil briefly until a firm paste forms. Leave the tangzhong to cool completely.
  • Mix all the ingredients to form a dough. Cover the dough and allow to rest at room temperature for about six hours. Stretch and fold once after 30 minutes.
  • Leave the dough to rest in a covered bowl overnight or for 12 hours in the fridge.

Day 2

  • For the filling, mix the sugar, cinnamon and salt.
  • Remove the dough from the fridge and roll out on a floured work surface to form a rectangle.
  • Brush the dough sheet with the soft butter and sprinkle with the cinnamon filling and berries (optional). Roll up the pastry tightly.
  • Cut the rolled dough into nine to twelve cinnamon rolls. This works best with a thin thread.
  • Place the cinnamon rolls with a little space in between in a greased oven dish and leave to rest for another one to two hours at room temperature.
  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
  • Brush the cinnamon rolls with oat milk and sprinkle with coarse sugar.
  • Bake the rolls for about 40 minutes until golden brown.
Keyword easy, fluffy, soft, with sourdough, with spelt flour

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