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Vanilla Bean Orange Cardamom Rolls

Vanilla Bean Orange Cardamom Rolls

  • Author: Molly
  • Prep Time: 2 hours 30 minutes (mostly inactive time)
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours
  • Yield: 10 rolls 1x



For the Dough:

  • ¾ cup whole milk, warmed
  • 1 packet dry active yeast (2¼ teaspoons)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Zest of 1 orange (roughly 1 tablespoon)
  • 3½ cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • Additional flour, for rolling out the dough

For the Filling:

  • 1 stick of unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste (or extract)
  • Zest of 2 oranges (roughly 2 tablespoons)
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom

For the Icing:

  • Zest and juice of 1 orange
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or extract)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup heavy cream


For the Dough:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the warm milk (you want it right around 110°F), sugar, and yeast. Stir to combine and allow the mixture to sit in the bowl for about 5 minutes, or until foamy and fragrant.
  2. Whisk in the egg, egg yolk, melted butter, and orange zest.
  3. Add in the flour, salt, and cardamom and fit the mixer with the dough hook attachment (alternatively, you can make the dough by hand by mixing well with a wooden spoon and then kneading well on a floured surface for about 10 minutes). Turn on the machine and mix until all the dry ingredients have been incorporated. Scrape down the sides and then turn the mixer on again and knead the dough with the dough hook for at least 5 minutes.
  4. Cover the bowl with a damp towel and transfer the bowl to warm, draft-free spot. I love my (turned off!) oven for this.
  5. Allow the dough to rest for 2 hours or until it has doubled in size.
  6. Punch down the dough and then knead for a few minutes with your hands. Transfer the dough to a floured surface and roll out to a large rectangle, roughly 14 x 10 inches.

For the Filling:

  1. Melt the butter in a large microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Whisk in the other ingredients and stir until a moist paste forms.
  3. Spread the mixture all over the rolled out dough.

To Assemble and Bake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and liberally butter a 9 x 9 baking dish (or a 9-inch round cake pan).
  2. Roll the dough over the filling jelly roll style, starting at the longest end of the rectangle and gently rolling it to form a tight cylinder.
  3. Slice the dough into 10 equal pieces and place them sliced side up in the prepared pan. Cover with a damp kitchen towel and allow the rolls to rise for another 30 minutes.
  4. After they have risen, place the pan in the preheated oven and bake for 25 minutes or until puffed, golden, and slightly crisp around the edges.
  5. Allow to cool slightly before icing.

For the Icing:

  1. Whisk together the ingredients until smooth and creamy.
  2. Pour over the warm rolls and allow to set for a few minutes before serving.
  • Category: breakfast

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