VeganMoFo Day 9: Sweet & Easy Dessert Rolls

My beautiful almost-daughter visited today. She spent much of last year away at school and recently returned from Haiti. By the end of this year, she’ll be on her way to France for 18 months. I have to savor every moment I get with her, so we spent the afternoon catching up and having fun playing in the kitchen.

Since we were a bit distracted, I figured we shouldn’t attempt anything too complicated today. Dessert seemed like the best possible thing to make because, as she said, “If something tastes good, it’s okay if it looks a little weird.” I agree! Fortunately, what we made ended up looking and tasting MORE than good! I’d like to say that’s because we are fabulously talented cooks, but this was so simple that even a mother and her almost-daughter who were distracted by chatting with each other and family members still managed to get it just right. Plus, we are fabulously talented!

“Accidentally vegan” foods are always a great convenience. Pillsbury Crescent Rolls are one of those easy options that are also surprisingly versatile. I’d started out planning for cinnamon rolls and then accidentally stumbled on recipes that described using crescent rolls as the dough for cinnamon rolls. By using accidentally vegan crescent rolls with the idea that I accidentally discovered, she and I had fun putting together flavors that sounded yummy to us. We made things up as we went along, which was fun and easy, almost too easy to justify writing out as a recipe. So even though I’ll be telling you what we did, this is an idea that you should have fun developing to your own tastes. If you have any ideas that sound good to you, we encourage you to try them out and, if you like, share with us what you created in the comments section.

The first batch we made were strawberry rolls. Super simple and very good!

Strawberry Rolls

  • 1 package vegan crescent rolls
  • approximately 2 tablespoons margarine, softened
  • approximately 2 tablespoons strawberry preserves
  • approximately 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced strawberries
  • confectioner’s sugar

Preheat the oven to 375.

Unroll the crescent rolls onto wax paper. Divide the rolls into two equal pieces (what would have been four crescent rolls). Pinch the perforated seams closed.

Crescent roll

 

Spread the softened margarine across the dough, leaving one edge uncovered for the seam. Next, spread the strawberry preserves across all the dough, again leaving one edge for the seam. Sprinkle the length with cinnamon. Finally, place one layer of sliced strawberries on top of the margarine, strawberry preserves, and cinnamon. The measurements I give are imprecise because, again, we were just having fun and using what looked good to us.

Strawberry roll

Roll the dough to form a jelly roll (like rolling a sleeping bag). Try to keep the roll somewhat tight. I say somewhat because it’s not going to be easy, but if it feels or appears that you aren’t creating a jelly roll shape (meaning it appears like you’re folding more than rolling), unroll to the last point where you were making a roll and try again. Press the end edge gently into the dough to create a seam. 

Strawberry rolls

The first ones we rolled were a bit messy. It helps to have the dough very cold so it has more body. Fortunately, once baked, all of the rolls looked equally good.

After rolling, slice the roll into 8 rolls. Place them in a round 9″ cake pans. Place seven along the outside edge and one in the center.

Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

Next we made caramel apple rolls. These were her favorite.

Caramel Apple Rolls

  • One package vegan crescent rolls
  • approximately 2 tablespoons margarine, softened
  • approximately 3 tablespoons applesauce
  • approximately 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • vegan caramel sauce

Preheat the oven to 375.

Unroll the crescent rolls onto wax paper. Pinch the perforated seams closed. Spread the softened margarine across the dough, leaving one edge uncovered for the seam. Spread applesauce over the margarine, then sprinkle cinnamon on top of the applesauce. 

Applesauce rolls

As with the strawberry rolls, roll the dough to form a jelly roll, trying to keep the roll somewhat tight. 

After rolling, slice the roll into 8 rolls. Place them in a round 9″ cake pans. Place seven along the outside edge and one in the center.

They may start out like this...

They may start out like this…

Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

... but they end up looking like this!

… but they end up looking like this!

I was a little concerned that our talking might make for a less than beautiful result, but both batches looked amazing when they came out of the oven. If only everything we could make would be as forgiving as these rolls! I plan to experiment more with different flavor combinations because they are so easy and fun.

We sprinkled confectioner’s sugar on top of the strawberry rolls and spooned caramel sauce over the apple rolls. For the caramel, we used a quick recipe found here: http://www.thelawstudentswife.com/2014/09/vegan-caramel-sauce/  

It made a caramel syrup that added just the right amount of sweetness to the mildly tart apple.

Strawberry Rolls

Strawberry Rolls

Apple Rolls

Apple Rolls

We dazzled the men in the house with our culinary expertise so much so that she’s already been asked back to cook with me again. We’ve even been given our next assignment!

So, my post tonight is short and sweet, sharing with you a sweet and easy dessert, made by me and my almost-daughter as we make sweet memories before she takes off on her next adventure.

Cinnamon rolls

 

 

 

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7 responses to “VeganMoFo Day 9: Sweet & Easy Dessert Rolls

  1. I feel like topping it with maple syrup 😛

  2. theveganmuffinwoman

    You’ve read my mind! I’ve been craving sweet rolls!

    • I hope you enjoy them! If you make them with a different filling, please let me know how they turn out. They are so easy! I have so many ideas I’d like to try now, but I’d love to have even more.

  3. These look amazingly sweet! 🙂

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