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I’m an adventurer in the world of vegan cooking - dedicated to crafting and sharing ambitious plant-based cuisine because vegan food shouldn’t mean boring food!

Vegan Orange and Pistachio Swirls

Vegan Orange and Pistachio Swirls

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Yes, I’m obsessed with rolls, or swirls, or breakfast rolls or whatever you want to call them! I’ll be posting a few variations on this theme over the next few weeks, so keep your eyes peeled!

These are a similar dough to my cinnamon rolls but with none of the cinnamon. The glaze is beautifully zingy and the orange zest is an essential little citrus butt-kick.

For the Dough

480ml oat milk (full fat, at room temperature)
120g vegan butter (melted, I used Miyokos but any will do)
50g caster sugar
1x 8g sachet of quick yeast
700g plain flour
1 tsp fine sea salt

For the Filling
185g vegan butter
185g soft dark brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Zest of 1/2 an orange

For the Glaze
200g icing sugar (sieved)
2 tbsp orange juice
1 tbsp oat milk (if necessary)

For Finishing
2 tbsp shelled, unsalted pistachios (crushed)
Zest of 1/2 an orange

To Make the Dough
Combine the milk, butter and sugar in a large bowl. The mixture should be around body temperature so dip your finger to test - if it feels cool, give it a super quick zap in the microwave or in a pan to warm it up slightly.

Sprinkle the yeast over the surface and leave to bloom for one minute. 

Add the flour and salt, mix to combine until a sticky mess, cover and leave for an hour.

Meanwhile make the filling. 

To Make the Filling
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar on high speed until smooth. Add the remaining ingredients and beat to combine. The consistency should be a nice paste. Set aside.

To Assemble
Preheat the oven to 180c. Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.

Once the dough has proved for an hour, lightly dust a surface and turn out. The dough should not be super sticky. Knead lightly for a minute. Dust the top of the dough if necessary and pat into a rough oblong. 

Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough into a rectangular sheet about 60cm wide and 25-30cm tall. Spread the dough sheet with the filling mixture right to the edges. Roll up the dough starting with one of the shorter two sides so you end up with a short fat snake.

Slice the cylinder of dough into 10 discs using a very sharp knife (or you can use strong thread or fishing twine). Place the discs of dough on the prepared baking trays, separated by about an inch. If you have english muffin rings, grease the inside and place them over the rolls (this will make sure they turn out an even circle shape, but don’t worry too much if you don’t have one. Just bake without).

Cover the discs with cling film or a damp cloth and leave to prove for 30 minutes. Once proved, brush the top of each disc of dough with a little soy or oat milk. Place in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until each bun is lightly golden on top.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely while you make the glaze.

To Make the Glaze
In a medium bowl, mix the icing sugar with the orange juice. The glaze should be runny but thick enough to glaze a spoon. If the mixture is too thick to drizzle, add the oat milk and mix to combine.

Once the swirls are cooled completely, drizzle the glaze over each swirl and top with the orange zest and crushed pistachios. Serve and enjoy!

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