Holy shit! Cinnamon Pull-Apart Brioche by Have Cake Will Travel! We love Celine so much, she is a mega-genius, and the purveyor of everything delicious. One day, we will kill her husband, cut his face off, and wear it as a mask, so that we can assume his identity, eat her cooking every night, and be the creepiest. That, or become her friend. We haven’t decided which yet.
Guest review: Azna Gluten Free bakery! »
I was visiting Never Felt Better in Sacramento when the owner, Shawn, gave me a tip: if I had the time, I should visit the gluten-free and vegan bakery called Azna Gluten Free, located in Cameron Park (about 30 miles east from Sacramento). It happened that I did have the time, so I decided to make the trip.
Although Anza normally offers sandwiches, burritos, lasagna, and calzones, in addition to their sweet items, they didn’t have any sandwiches available to eat when I visited; I made do with a baked good instead. Of course, it was still difficult to make a decision. After conferring with a fellow customer and gazing over the display, I picked a mini cinnamon roll and blackberry scone, as well as a spoonful of some roasted yams and sweet potatoes (cooked with olive oil and many seasonings, and the only savory items available).
Really, EVERYTHING on their menu is vegan and gluten-free; I could eat ANYTHING I wanted. I was in special-diet heaven.
The scone was a little crumbly, but the berries added sweetness and made it a little moister. The mini cinnamon roll was chewy and yummy and just the right size. The roasted yams were delicious, I couldn’t believe how well-seasoned they were. I wanted to just keep eating them, but I got too full.
The service was friendly and fast, even though there was just one guy there, and he seemed to be in charge of baking AND serving the customers. Prices were on the moderate end—my entire “meal” cost $10.25 with tax—and I left feeling more than satisfied.
Geanna lives in Portland, Ore. where she can be found hiking, eating, or writing about food (sometimes she goes to work, too). Find her on Twitter @greenvegnliving or check out her blog, Green Vegan Living.
Cinnamon rolls from reader Sheri’s Christmas brunch; they’re looking good!
[send us your holiday food photos! we’re taking them through Saturday, Jan. 1!]
Bonjour, butternut squash cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting! They are super-easy to make and they taste like they’ve got pumpkin (squash, whatever) pie inside.
The filling recipe goes like this:
½ cup Earth Balance (or similar)
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup butternut squash purée
3 Tbsp. cinnamon
1 Tbsp. ginger
1 Tbsp. cardamom
2 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. coriander
Cream the vegan butter and sugar until well combined. Add squash purée and spices, mix thoroughly but gently. I then refrigerated mine for like 12 hours, as I made it the night before, but if you can refrigerate yours for an hour, that’d be fine. You want the filling to be thick and gloppy so it stays within the confines of the dough when you work with it.
Follow instructions for filling and baking in your cinnamon roll recipe (here are some ideas!). I baked mine for 30ish minutes at 360 F (yeah I know; I was splitting the difference between two sets of instructions). After about 30 minutes out of the oven, I frosted them, using the cream cheese frosting recipe from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World with extra cream cheese and a little sour cream (leftovers).
Eat warm, though they’re really good cold, too.
The fabulous Shannon from Cinnaholic is up on The Feast showing us all how to make her cinnamon rolls. So cool! Although I’m very lazy and will always buy them and will never ever ever make a batch of cinnamon rolls in my life (I know my limits!), it’s still fun to see how the magic happens. CINNAHOLIC CINNAMON ROLLS, I LOVE YOU!!!
CINNAHOLIC IS OPENING SATURDAY, JULY 17! Yes, that’s two days from now. We cannot contain our giant erections and we don’t want to.
Oh also, I wrote them up in SFist for my Three Vegan Dishes Worth Creaming Your Culinary Pants For article! CHECK IT OUT, I’m getting international, folks! And by international, I mean another San Francisco-based website. Whatevs!
UPDATE: Cinnaholic now has a STORE FRONT in Berkeley! And It’s open! Go forth and conquer!!
Just look at those sons of bitches. JUST LOOK AT THEM. If you’re not turned on, you don’t have eyes or your eyes should be taken away from you (and given to me! I NEED MORE EYES!!!).
The purveyor of those insane looking things is new vegan bakery Cinnaholic. Its bakers specialize in cinnamon rolls and these things are pretty much everything you look for in a man. Sweet, doughy, and delectable. It also helps if your ideal man is the Pillsbury Dough Boy DON’T JUDGE I KNOW YOU HAVE SOME SHAMEFUL FANTASIES ABOUT DOING IT WITH A SANDWICH. Or is that just the people I hang around? Well, YOUR LOSS.
Cinnaholic plans to open up a storefront sometime soon (FASTER!), but until then you can order from a whole line of custom cinnamon rolls. DO IT. Also, if you want to win a dozen, come to SF Vegan Drinks on Thursday and make it happen. ALSO DO IT.
I’m sleepy. This review has been less than stellar but like, I’m trying to do 50 things at once here so lay the fuck off. I don’t come into your home and break your dishes, OK? OR MAYBE I WILL HAVE TO START. I know, it’s my charming insouciance that keeps you coming back for more. Bye!
Sugar Plum Vegan is selling some bomb-ass vegan cinnamon rolls at Rainbow! Get ‘em while they’re hot! Or not like 10 days old. What is up with Rainbow and leaving baked goods out forever?! Ah well, the fact that they provide for the vegans, and my ever expanding ass-ular region, is reason enough for me to not talk shit. AND STILL I RISE.