Not so long ago I sat with some friends from the VoKü Munich in our tent near the main trainstation. They’ve been cooking for five days for the refugees, everything was still new and nobody knew what was going to happen. We had some free time on our hands and decided to clean out the whole ‘kitchen’. It was a slow and warm afternoon. After we had a meeting about how this was going to continue (no big changes were agreed on) I went home. The next day I felt a little bit off and decided to not join them for the day. Just a few hours later I heard the whole kitchen moved to another place and then everything happened so fast. The amount of arriving refugees climbed into the thousands, helping hands were needed and everything started to get a lot more stressful. I decided to take some medicine and leave my bed to help them and also to check out what was going on there.
I was baking those lovely Apple-Cinnamon-Rolls this afternoon and as soon as they were done I grabbed the tray to take them with me to my friends. Little did I expect what was going on there. The scene changed from our little tent to a big old hall, there were at least 25 people running around in the kitchen, even more outside. On that day I thought there was no way this would work out, there were too many people depending on us. Now we are able to serve thousands of people a day. Yesterday we served more than 3000 warm meals, can you imagine? It’s said that you grow with your tasks and that is exactly what happend in this case. I’m extremely proud, those people care so much and give every ounce of energy they have. Repaying them with some lovely sweet and delicious pastries is really the least I can do. Those Apple-Cinnamon-Rolls came pretty handy in this case, since they can be eaten on the go with hands. They are also perfect for your sunday table, your childrens school snack or as a little treat after dinner.
For the dough:
125 ml soy milk
1/2 cube fresh yeast
250 g spelt flour
30 g raw sugar
30 g vegan butter
1 pinch of salt
For the filling:
3 medium sized apples
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoon almonds, grated
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
For the glaze:
50 g powdered sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
30 g almond flakes
1. Dissolve the yeast in the warmed up soy milk and let it sit for about 10 minutes.
2. Combine the rest of the ingredients for the dough in a large bowl. Add the milk and knead thoroughly to a smooth dough. Store it covered at a warm place for at least 30 minutes.
3. Wash the apples and grate them with peel. Mix in a medium sized bowl with the rest of the ingredients for the filling.
4. On a floured working space roll out the dough as a rectangle and spread the apple filling on top. Roll it up and cut them into pieces (about 1,5 cm wide).
5. Place on a baking tray and let them rise at a warm place for 10 more minutes.
6. Bake at 200°C for about 20 minutes, or until golden.
7. Sift the powdered sugar and mix with the lemon juice. Drizzle over the warm rolls and sprinkle with the almond flakes.