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Scroll Sunday

What better thing to do in 40°C+ heat when all but one of your fans have stopped working? Spend the day baking, of course! I write this with a tone of sarcasm, but actually it’s been the loveliest way to spend a Sunday – it got me up and about when I could easily have been tempted to pass the time sat on the couch with the fourth season of Hart of Dixie.

Whenever I pass a Bakers Delight store, I have to exercise extreme will power in not buying some sort of pastry (possibly several). However, I figure, baking them myself means I’m saving money (I mean, I still have to buy ingredients, but still – it’s got to be cheaper, right?), and I can eat as many as I want in the comfort of my own home. It was in this frame of mind that I went hunting for a cinnamon scroll recipe and I think I’ve found the perfect one!

In my current effort to avoid all things lactose, I’ve been discovering that it really is barely a limitation these days – you can now get lactose free butter, milk, and thickened cream, all of which came in handy with this baking endeavor. I’ve included the original recipe below, but if you have intolerances or diet limitations, my recommendation would be seeing what ‘friendly food’ substitutions you can find at your supermarket or health food store; Google is also super useful when you need to find options that work for you.

Cinnamon and pecan scrolls

Prep: 1h 45 m | Cook: 40m |Makes: 8


  • 1 cup (250ml) warm milk
  • 2 teaspoons (7g) dried yeast
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
  • 3 cups (450g) plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Coles Brand Australian Free Range Egg, lightly whisked
  • 80g butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup (110g) brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup (90g) finely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup (80g) icing sugar

Butterscotch sauce

  • 50g butter
  • 1/3 cup (75g) brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon thickened cream
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


1. Combine milk, yeast and caster sugar in a bowl. Set aside for 5 mins.

2. Place the flour and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre. Add the milk mixture and egg and stir until a sticky dough forms. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 mins or until smooth and elastic. Place in a greased bowl. Cover. Set aside for 1 hour to rise.

3. Meanwhile, to make the butterscotch sauce, combine the butter, brown sugar, maple syrup, cream and cinnamon in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, for 2-3 mins or until mixture boils and thickens. Set aside to cool.

4. Preheat oven to 200°C. Use an electric mixer to beat the butter, sugar and cinnamon in a bowl until pale and creamy.

5. Grease and line the base of a 22cm (base measurement) springform pan with baking paper. Punch down dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth. Use a rolling pin to roll out to a 30cm x 40cm rectangle. Spread with one-third of cinnamon mixture. Fold a short side of dough over two-thirds of filling. Fold remaining side over. Roll out to a 30cm x 40cm rectangle. Spread with half remaining cinnamon mixture. Fold into thirds. Roll out to a 30cm x 40cm rectangle. Spread with remaining cinnamon mixture. Sprinkle with pecans. Drizzle over one-third of the sauce. Starting from 1 long edge, roll up to enclose filling. Cut crossways into 8 portions.

6. Pour remaining sauce over the base of the prepared pan. Arrange the rolls, cut-side up, in the pan over the sauce. Cover. Set aside for 15 mins to rise.

7. Bake for 10 mins. Reduce oven to 180C. Bake, covering with foil if overbrowning, for 30 mins or until golden and cooked through. Set aside for 30 mins to cool. Remove from pan.

8. Place the icing sugar in a small bowl. Add enough water to make a runny paste. Drizzle over the top of scrolls.

9. Divide and enjoy! (Or just enjoy – no judgement here.)


I hope you’ve all had a lovely week, and I’ll see you back on the blog next Sunday! Xo

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