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Cardamom Rolls

Even die-hard cinnamon-bun fans will love this warmly aromatic cardamom version. Prep and Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes, plus rising time. Notes: Freshly ground cardamom makes a big difference in this recipe, and is easy to prepare: Remove cardamom seeds from pods and grind them in a clean coffee grinder or with a mortar and pestle.

Sunset NOVEMBER 2006

  • Yield: Makes 16 rolls

Ingredients

  • 2 packages active dry yeast
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, plus more for buttering pans
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 4 1/2 cups flour, plus more for kneading
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar

Preparation

1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water (about 110°). Let sit until foamy bubbles form on surface, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, melt 1/2 cup butter in a pan over low heat and let cool just until warm. Let remaining 1/2 cup butter soften in a warm place until spreadable.

2. To the yeast, add melted butter, granulated sugar, eggs, 1/2 cup milk, 4 1/2 cups flour, and salt. Stir or mix in a standing mixer with a dough hook until smooth, 5 minutes. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.

3. Butter two 9-in. cake pans. When dough has doubled, punch it down and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll dough into a 2-ft. square, spread with softened butter, and sprinkle with brown sugar and cardamom. Roll dough into a log, pinching the seam to seal. Cut log into 16 pieces and arrange, cut sides up, in a single layer in cake pans. Cover with plastic wrap and chill overnight.

4. Preheat oven to 350°. Remove plastic wrap from rolls and bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Let cool in pan 10 minutes.

5. Meanwhile, make glaze: Whisk together 1/4 cup milk and 1/2 cup powdered sugar in a small bowl. Remove rolls from pans and drizzle with half of this thin glaze. Add remaining 1/4 cup powdered sugar to remaining glaze and drizzle over rolls. Serve warm.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per roll.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 330
  • Calories from fat: 35%
  • Protein: 5.4g
  • Fat: 13g
  • Saturated fat: 7.9g
  • Carbohydrate: 47g
  • Fiber: 1.2g
  • Sodium: 286mg
  • Cholesterol: 60mg
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