Sunday, July 6, 2014

Vegan strawberry coconut sweet rolls with Grand Marnier glaze

strawberry coconut sweet rolls with grand marnier glaze

Although I’ve not had much experience with it during my brief life, I’ve always been fascinated by booze. Beer, wine, liquor, all of those strange and unique drinks made from odd ingredients with odd flavors, filled with that mysterious thing called alcohol. Why do people like it so much? What is the appeal of those musty-smelling bottles anyway? What is alcohol like? Does it hurt? How does it feel getting drunk? Aren’t you embarrassed by your behavior? Why are you acting like this? Are you okay? Can you hear me? Why are you crouching under the table like that?

dog crouching under table
Jus takin a quick breather, no need tah worry. source

But I am interested by the way people seem to enjoy these refreshing beverages, I am even more afraid of the negative repercussions of one too many. The idea of one’s mental state being altered by a simple drink is sort of scary to me. I like my lucid thoughts. I like to think I can have a good time just as I am (although that is a delusion, obviously).

And I have seen what can happen. Nothing bad, thankfully (and to those who have, I am deeply sorry). To keep it nice and succinct, let’s just say the Irish side of my family likes a good party and oftentimes always that involves a few bottles of Jameson’s’ and Guinness.  That, and the Bailey’s. Can’t live without Bailey’s. Not too proud to say I learned the recipe for an Irish car bomb at the age of twelve, as well as why you should never ever ever ever order that in an Irish bar—lest you find yourself running out of any Irish luck you ever had.

According to this here blog, I’ve never been offered any illict swigs.

So it would come as no surprise that I have frequently used booze in my baking adventures. Quite a few years ago I remember being surprised that my mother let me use a few glugs of Kahlua when whipping up a variation on bananas foster. Amaretto has made an appearance an appearance in a few desserts. I’ve made Cooking Light’s Irish bread pudding a few times and added more than few drops of liquor to my caramel.

I mean, damn. June is such a rebel. A goddamn outlaw, I’d say. 

watch out we got a badass over here neil degrasse tyson
Yes sir we do. source

More than anything, I’d love to use one of those fancy flavored vodkas. Like, whipped cream vodka? What the fuck does that even taste like? Sweet milk? Does that work in vodka pasta sauce?

kelogg's pop tarts flavored vodka
No. You've gone too far. source

Until then, I will have to have tastings in my imagination and hope that sort of kid-friendly booze is still on the shelves in a few years. But for now I can keep to my baking. You know, as a way of discreetly consuming alcohol.

Today, I have found a way to incorporate liquor into a breakfast food. Meaning this is perfect for brunch. Then again, basically everything is perfect for brunch.

brunch display all the food

Because I am still ridden with way too many fresh strawberries, I have taken it upon myself to use them in another delicious carby creation. There’s coconut too. Gotta make my Flavor Bible proud.

And boy oh boy, these babies are crazy good.

I think, maybe, possibly, perhaps I made them a little too large. A little too much bread and not enough filling. That isn’t always a bad thing, but you gotta have a good bread / filling ratio, amirite?

So if you choose to make these (and of course you will) you may want to roll out the dough a little thinner than the instructions say. Maybe smear on a bit more filling while you’re at it.

But don’t skimp on the pan sauce. Holy shit, that stuff is a revelation—I’ve never made cinnamon rolls or sweet rolls with anything like it before, but now I will never be able to make them without it. Sweet, fluffy rolls, soaked in butter and sugar. Picture it. Imagine it. Dream it. Embrace it. Love it. Live it. Be the pan sauce, eat the pan sauce, drink the pan sauce. Let it soak into your every pore, because trust me, you’ll need it.

vegan strawberry coconut sweet rolls with grand marnier glaze
And so we begin.


Strawberry coconut sweet rolls with Grand Marnier glaze

Makes twelve large buns

Adapted from Vegan Yum Yum



16 grams • active dry yeast • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon

6 grams • granulated sugar • 1 teaspoon

240 grams • water, heated to 110 degrees F • 1 cup

244 grams • nondairy milk • 1 cup

133 grams • granulated sugar • 2/3 cup

150 grams • coconut oil • 2/3 cup

12 grams • salt • 2 teaspoons

124 grams • mashed banana (or 2 egg replacers) • ½ cup

750 grams • all-purpose flour (plus more for kneading) • 6 cups


28 grams • coconut oil, melted • 2 tablespoons

310 grams • strawberries, sliced • 2 cups

15 grams • chia seeds • 1 tablespoon

40 grams • maple syrup • 2 tablespoons

4 grams • orange zest • 1 tablespoon

60 grams • shredded, unsweetened coconut • ¾ cup

25 grams • granulated sugar • ¼ cup

Pan sauce

113 grams • nondairy butter, melted • ½ cup

67 grams • granulated sugar • 1/3 cup

Glaze (adapted from Fine Cooking)

226 grams • granulated sugar • 2 cups

60 grams • Grand Marnier • ¼ cup

46 grams • nondairy milk or creamer • 3 tablespoons

Pinch salt


To make dough, start by combining active dry yeast, that one little teaspoon of sugar, and water in a small bowl. Set aside to proof. This will take about ten minutes.

In a medium saucepan, combine nondairy milk, sugar, coconut oil, salt, and tofu in a saucepan. Heat until butter is melted, but don’t let it get too hot. Make sure it is about 110 degrees F before you combine it with the yeast mixture, which is the next step.

Place 4 cups of flour in a large bowl. Add yeast / coco oil mixture and stir well. Add the remaining 2 cups of flour and stir just until combined. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and begin to knead. It will take about 8 minutes to get to the ideal stage—if kneaded (haha punnnnn), you can consult the video on Vegan Yum Yum’s page.

Once the dough is ready, place it in a greased bowl covered with greased plastic wrap and let it rise in a warm place for about 90 minutes. When the dough is fully risen, it will leave an indent when you poke it.

In the meantime, make the filling. Place strawberries, chia seeds, maple syrup, and orange zest in a saucepan. Heat to boiling, then use a potato masher or fork to mash the strawberries. Turn off heat and add chia seeds. Let sit until thickened and cooled. In a separate bowl, mix shredded coconut and granulated sugar and set aside. For pan sauce, simply combine the two ingredients in a bowl.

Once dough is risen, turn out onto a floured surface and pat or roll out into a 15 x 20 inch rectangle. Brush melted coconut oil over the entire surface, then cover it with cooled chia jam. Sprinkle coconut sugar mixture over that.

Roll up dough from one of the short sides, being gentle and careful to ensure that it is rolled up nice and tight. Cut into twelve segments using sewing thread or a serrated knife (I use the knife, but you have to be extra careful with that).

Pour pan sauce in a large baking dish, such as a lasagna dish, and swish it around to cover all sides. Place cinnamon rolls in pan, being sure to space evenly. Cover and let rise in a warm place for another 45 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake buns for about 25 to 30 minutes until they are golden brown and bubbly. Let cool for a few minutes before adding glaze. To make glaze, whisk all ingredients in a bowl until smooth. Drizzle that shit on like a mofo. Nosh.


vegan strawberry coconut sweet rolls with grand marnier glaze
Mmmm, boozy glaze.

Because this was somewhat of an experimental recipe, I was unsure if these were going to come out well, or even edible. They were kind of mushy when I rolled them up, which didn’t do much to assuage my doubts, but as you can see they baked up quite well—not mushy or overly moist at all, perfect for soaking up lots of delicious sweet glaze.

vegan strawberry coconut sweet rolls with grand marnier glaze
There's a roll under that, you say?

The coconut oil lent the dough a nice mild flavor, but the filling is really where these rolls shine. Orange, coconut, and strawberry is totally going to be my new go-to summer flavor. Tastes like the tropics.

Especially with Grand Marnier. Doesn’t that sound like a particularly exciting liqueur? Grand MarnYAY? Like, as in, yay? No? Okay.


  1. I definitely prefer alcohol in baking than as a straight up drink - like you, I don't much like the idea of my mental state being altered or relying on chemicals to have a good time (although that is hypocritical because I'm quite happy to rely on caffeine!). These rolls look gorgeous and I'd take them over a glass of wine any day :)

    1. Haha yes I guess I'm somewhat reliant on caffeine too! :P But thanks, I'm glad you like the rolls :)

  2. Ah this looks soooo good!

    I myself am a bit of a rum girl (viking..pirate....s'all the same, right?). I have been meaning to make bread with beer for some time, just to see what it tastes like... I have yet to try Grand Marnier (I almost wrote "Gran" now that's be one badass granny right there!), is it a liqueur?

    I totally agree with you though, alcohol is best when incorporated into foods. I remember making a Jamaican rum sauce, it came out so so so tasty :D I wouldn't drink that stuff, nah, to strong... As for ridiculous flavoured vodkas, I got to try a White Russian made with cookies'n'cream vodka when I was in the States in the Spring, it was good buuut...what a strange thing to exist!

    Those rolls look fantastic though! Reminds me of some Scandinavian pastries :) Like klippekrans, mmmm and the drizzle... Want! Can you omit the Grand Marnier should you not have any at hand? Guess I could try using some Sailor Jerry :P

    I hope you have a great start to your week missy! Byyy the way s'that your dawg up there? Much love from Glasgow x

    1. Sorry that's not my dog. I just take random pictures from the internet and use them I guess. :D If the "source" is listed next to the caption then it is not my picture. Hopefully I'm not violating any laws :P And I just googled klippekrans, they sound amazing...perhaps I shall try those sometime? Wish I could try cookies n cream vodka, that sounds so cool :) Thanks for reading as always!

    2. June Baby - the Breaker of Laws! Now that's a good title :P
      I'm the same, usually state in the post if I use photos that I didn't take myself, should be all right! It would be so cool if you made klippekrans, or some other sort of Norwegian goodies :D And hopefully you'd like it too, mmm ^ ^ Or maybe something from your hometown? Proper ol' school! x

    3. Haha that is a good title! And I'll probably end up veganizing the klippekrans, cuz that's how I roll :)

    4. Sounds good to me! Especially when you can whip up drizzles like the one up there! x

  3. Absolutely exquisite and totally irresistible!



  4. Hi June, these are the most beautiful vegan sweet rolls I have ever seen, great job!

  5. Wow I could go for a plate of those sweet rolls on this Monday morning!

  6. Pahaha. I laughed quite a bit at this. Have to completely agree you. Looking at these picture all I want to do is gulp down some of that sauce. Looks amazing. Gimme.

    1. Thanks! Glad you liked it :) And I agree the glaze is amazing!

  7. The glaze is the best part of a sweet roll. Booze makes it all the better!

  8. WHAT!? There is a pop-tarts vodka now!? Eeeeeiiiwwww! Your rolls look great though. :)

  9. This looks amazing!! I love the combination of ingredients!