Bet you’ve never seen rolls this spice-y. These five-spice rolls are a fun, fusional take on classic cinnamon rolls! And of course, they’re vegan, but no less fluffy on the inside and crunchy on the outside.
As you likely already know, traditional cinnamon rolls are, well, filled with cinnamon. Since five-spice is a mixture of spices (specifically star anise, cinnamon, fennel seeds, Sichuan peppercorns, and cloves) that contains cinnamon, I figured I had to give it a try.
How does it taste, you might ask? To me, these five-spice rolls taste very similar to traditional cinnamon rolls but with an extra complexity from the additional spices. Cinnamon is a rather dominant flavor in five-spice and that characteristic shines through. The black sesame glaze is a nice touch as well. It’s not too sweet and adds a roasted, nutty dimension to the rolls.
The fluffy interior is encased by a crusty, toasted exterior — talk about perfect textural contrast!