vegan "franzbrötchen"

It feels like every country has its own version of cinnamon buns. Even Germany has a version of it that is called "franzbrötchen" besides of the form it is actually nothing else then a classic cinnamon bun.
I had yesterday one of those "I desperatly would like to bake but don't feel like shopping something for it"- days, and luckily we had everything to make some franzbrötchen at home.

dough (makes ca. 20)
  • 45 gr fresh yeast
  • 250 ml soy or nut milk
  • 75 gr vegan margarin
  • 50 gr coconut or organic brown sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 350 gr whole grain spelt flour
  • 150 gr unbleached all purpose flour
Mix the vegan milk, margarine and sugar in a pot, heat it up until the margarine is melted and the sugar dissolved. Let it cool down until handwarm ( under 40 °C ) then blend in the yeast.
Mix in a extra bowl the flour, then add the milk mixture. Knead the dough until it is not sticky ( if needed add some more flour). Knead for another 5 minutes. Transfer the dough to a bowl, cover it with a kitchen towel. Let it rest on a warm place in your kitchen for 45-60 minutes. Knead the dough one more time and let it rest for another 20 minutes.
Then take the dough out and place it on a floured surface. Roll it out to a rectangle with ca 8mm-1cm thickness.

  • 80 gr melted vegan margarin
  • 120 gr coconut or organic brown sugar
  • ca. 2 tsp cinnamon or for vanilla flavoured franzbrötchen 1 tsp vanilla powder like this one from Sonnentor ( a must have in the kitchen, I love it) 
Spread the melted margarine on the rectangle. Mix in a bowl the sugar, cinnamon or vanilla powder. Spread it evenly on the rectangle. Roll the rectangle in from the long side so you get a snail form. Slice it in ca. 2 cm wide slices. Then take a wooden spoon and press it down in the center of each slice so you get the typical franzbrötchen form here you can find a great picture instruction on how to do it.
Preheat the oven on 200 °C and place a bowl with water on the bottom of the oven.
Place the franzbrötchen on a baking sheet and let them rest for another 20 min. Coat the franzbrötchen with some vegan milk or melted margarine, give them in the heated oven and bake for 15-20 min until golden brown.
Enjoy them warm or cold!


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