In our last baking series installment, we showed you how to make decadent chocolate-filled brioche rolls. This time, we’re using brioche for a more traditional roll that’s nonetheless a crowd favorite…the cinnamon roll! Whether you can’t get enough brioche or simply want to put leftover brioche dough to good use, try this sweet, spicy spin for another holiday treat. Tutorial and directions below!

Prepare the dough:

Prepare a batch of brioche dough – you’ll want about 300g of dough to work with. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. With a rolling pin, roll the brioche dough into 14” x 6” rectangle. With an offset spatula, generously layer the brioche with 45g softened butter. Combine 80g dark brown sugar and 5g ground cinnamon and spread evenly over the dough. Sprinkle toasted walnuts and rehydrated golden raisins – about 30g of each. (We recommend rehydrating your raisins for about 20 minutes before using them so they do not draw any moisture from the dough.)

Gently press the ingredients into the dough so that all the ingredients adhere. Working from the bottom of the rectangle, roll the dough as tightly as possible (lengthwise) to the top, forming a 14” cylinder. Press the dough edge together so that it forms a seal.

Cinnamon Rolls Log

With a serrated knife, cut the cylinder in half, then cut those two halves in half, and repeat for the 4 pieces, thereby cutting 8 discs. Grease a muffin tin or pie dish. Place the discs (rolls) on their sides into the dish.

NOTE: the measurements on the cinnamon roll’s interior ingredients can be increased or decreased to suit your taste. And other ingredients are great to try.

Bake the rolls & make the toffee:

Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until deeply golden brown and aromatic.

100g butter
175g cream
225g dark brown sugar

While the cinnamon rolls are baking, prepare the toffee sauce by melting the 3 ingredients together. Set aside. Once baked, remove the cinnamon rolls from the oven, and immediately pour (or brush) on the toffee sauce. Allow the toffee to be absorbed into the rolls and add more if desired. Serve and enjoy!


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Catch the rest of the series:

Lattice Crusts [Watch]
Chocolate-Filled Brioche Rolls [Watch]
Round Braided Challah [Watch]