Christmas Sweet Rolls

The #TwelveLoaves Challenge

I found this challenge over at That Skinny Chick Can Bake. I am only sorry I didn’t find out about it earlier so I could have joined in sooner it’s all based around bread, yeast and quick breads.

Recently I have developed a bit of an obsession with sweet rolls. I may have only put one recipe up on the blog so far (Pumpkin sweet rolls) but I have been experimenting with lots of different flavours and techniques. This time with the #TwelveLoaves challenge in mind, I wanted to create Christmas in a roll.

Christmas Sweet Rolls

Christmas Flavours

I started off by making a list of some of my favourite Christmas flavours.

Christmas Sweet Rolls

Previously when I have made sweet rolls I have used plain flour (all purpose) and while this has worked well and given me some wonderful results I wanted to try them out using strong bread flour instead and boy were the results worth the extra effort.

Extra Effort?

Because I used bread flour there is kneading involved. If you are lucky enough to have an electric stand mixer with a dough hook there really is no extra effort. If you have to do it by hand (trust me when I tell you this), they are really worth the effort and you will love just how light and fluffy these rolls are :D

Christmas Sweet Rolls

Having a real bread base for these gives them a lovely light texture.

Christmas Sweet Rolls

A double proving for them is needed but as I assured you they really are worth the effort.

The Filling

Most of the ingredients I used are common Christmas flavours, I used my homemade Sweet Mincemeat, but shop bought works just as well here. I also used sliced up kumquats, there is something so special about their sweet and sour flavour and they are only available at this time of year.

Christmas Sweet Rolls

I added chopped mixed nuts, any nuts can be used but I liked the mixed ones for a variety of flavour, to add a little crunch to them.

Cranberries, fresh or dried ones can be used, they add a lovely burst of colour. Ground cinnamon because it adds wonderful flavour and aroma and I used brown sugar to bring it all together because it caramelises so well when baked.

Topping

Christmas Sweet Rolls

I love maple syrup and it complements these flavours so well so I made a very simple maple glaze for the topping.

Christmas Breakfast

I will definitely be serving these for breakfast Christmas morning. I suggest making these the night before; then all you have to do is pop them back in the oven covered with foil so they don’t burn, for around 15 minutes at 180C / 350F / Gas mark 4 to heat them back up.

Christmas Sweet Rolls

Top with glaze then serve warm, toasty aromatic Christmas sweet rolls for a festive breakfast.

Merry Christmas everyone I hope you all have a wonderful day filled with family, friends and loved ones :D


Christmas Sweet Rolls

Christmas Sweet Rolls

By Emma Published: December 20, 2013

  • Yield: 14-16 rolls

A festive take on the classic cinnamon sweet roll, packed with sweet mincemeat, kumquats, cranberries, chopped nuts and cinnamon.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Directions for the dough:
    Gently heat the milk and butter over a low heat until the butter has just melted then remove it from the heat and leave it until it is just lukewarm.
  2. Mix the flour, salt and sugar in a large mixing bowl, or in the bowl of your freestanding mixer.
  3. Gently beat the egg into the lukewarm milk mixture.
  4. Add the yeast to the flour and mix it in, make a well in the centre of your flour.
  5. Using your hand or the dough hook on your stand mixer and on a low speed work the liquid into the flour to get a soft but not sticky dough.
  6. If working the dough by hand turn it out onto a floured surface and kneed thoroughly for 10 minutes until smooth and pliable.
  7. If using a stand mixer with a dough hook keep the mixer on a low speed and kneed the dough for 4 minutes until you have a smooth and pliable dough.
  8. Return the dough to your bowl / take the dough hook out and cover with clingfilm or a damp tea towel and leave to rise in a warm place for about 1 hour or until it has doubled in size.
  9. After the first prove, punch the dough down and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll or press the dough out to a rectangle shape about 24cm wide x 48cm long.
  10. Filling
    Get your sweet mincemeat and spread it all over the dough spreading it to every corner and edge. If you feel you need a little more feel free to add another couple of tablespoons. I found this to be the right amount.
  11. Sprinkle your cranberries and chopped nuts evenly over the top of the mincemeat.
  12. Thinly slice your kumquats, and evenly spread them over the filling. I found 12 to be the perfect amount but add as many or as few as you desire.
  13. Mix the light brown sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle evenly over the filling.
  14. Taking the long edge roll it up as tightly as you can.
  15. Take a sharp knife and slice the roll up into smaller rolls of about 1 and 1/2 inches thick.
  16. Space them out, cut side up on a baking sheet / dish / tray leaving a little room (about 1/2 an inch) for them to swell. Cover them loosely with a damp tea towel or pop them in a plastic bag and leave them for the second proving for 30 to 45 minutes.
  17. You are looking for them to have almost doubled in size and swollen to have filled in the gaps.
  18. Towards the end of the second proving pre heat your oven to 180C / 350F / Gas mark 4.
  19. Uncover the tin and bake your rolls for 20 to 25 minutes. You are looking for your buns to be a good golden colour. If you feel they are starting to go too brown, cover with foil and continue baking until cooked.
  20. Once baked take them out of the oven and run a round-bladed knife around the edges to loosen them. Then leave them to cool slightly.
  21. If eating them fresh once the are cool enough to touch make the glaze. If enjoying them at a later time, make the glaze but don't put it on top of your buns until you have reheated them.
  22. Glaze
    Really simple put your icing sugar in a small bowl then stir in your maple syrup, once smooth drizzle on top and enjoy.
  23. These will make a wonderful warming aromatic Christmas breakfast, I hope you enjoy them. Merry Christmas :D
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12 Responses

  1. These rolls look gorgeous Emma! I love how perfect and pretty they turned out :) That’s so creative to use kumquats, mincemeat and cranberries in here too, I love the sound of all these Christmas flavors in here :) I can imagine how wonderful and fluffy these taste, would love to have this on Christmas morning for breakfast :) Hope you have a very Merry Christmas Emma and your day is filled with lots of laughter and wonderful memories spent with your family, friends and loved ones :) xo

    • Thank you so much Kelly, these are definitely the flavours I associate with Christmas especially kumquats and mincemeat. I will be enjoying a batch of these for Christmas breakfast. Merry Christmas to you and yours as well :D

  2. These look amazing!! I would love to bite into one of these guys on christmas morning or any time really. Love!
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    • Thanks Miranda, I shall be enjoying these Christmas morning but I shall definitely be having them whenever I can, as soon as everything is in season these will be on the oven! Merry Christmas Miranda to you and yours :D

  3. Maureen from Orgasmic Chef

    I don’t think I can wait for Christmas morning to make these. :) I’ll do my best but no promises. :) They look fantastic!
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    • Thank you Maureen, I couldn’t wait either and have so far baked 2 batches, but will make another for Christmas morning :D

  4. Rachel K from MarmadukeS

    What a fabulous bake to wake up to! I love the way you have used the kumquats too – inspired!
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    • Hi Rachel, thank you :) I love kumquats so much and it’s such a shame they have such a short season, I have made sure to preserve quite a lot so I can enjoy them year round. I hope you have a merry Christmas.

  5. Liz

    I am so glad you joined in! We’ll have a new them on January 1st :) What a wonderful sweet roll recipe…perfect for Christmas morning. Merry, merry Christmas, Emma!
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    • Thank you so much it’s a good challenge and lots of fun I shall be enjoying these warm from the oven this morning. I hope you and your family have a wonderful day, merry Christmas :D

  6. Mmmmm the perfect Christmas morning treat!

    • Hi Kayle, thanks for stopping by they certainly were a lovely Christmas morning treat. Happy New Year :D

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