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Our First Easter in California

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Although we seriously debated making a trip into the city for the Hunky Jesus contest at Dolores Park or the bigwheel race at Portrero Hill, we ultimately landed on brunch at our place with friends. On the menu? Scrambled eggs with vegetables and cheese, egg sandwiches with Canadian bacon, mimosas, fruit salad, and cardamom and cinnamon-scented Swedish rolls. I thought I’d share the recipe for that one, from Prairie Home Breads by Judith M. Fertig.

Cardamom and Cinnamon-Scented Swedish Rolls

2 1/2 c. milk

1 c. granulated sugar

1 Tbsp. packed brown sugar

4 large eggs, beaten

8 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted

Seeds from 24 cardamom pods, crushed or 2 tsp. ground cardamom

1 1/2 tsp. salt

1 1/2 Tbsp. active dry yeast

1 c. warm water (110 degrees)

8-9 c. all purpose flour; plus more if needed


6 Tbsp. granulated sugar

1/4 c. ground cinnamon

12 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened


2 c. confectioners’ sugar

1/4 c. milk

1/2 tsp. almond extract


1. Heat the milk until lukewarm. Transfer to the bowl of an electric mixer and stir in the sugar, eggs, butter, cardamom, and salt. Proof the yeast and add to the liquid mixture.

2. Using the paddle attachment or a wooden spoon, beat in the flour until you have a soft dough.

3. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk (45 minutes to 1 hour).

4. Make the filling by combining all ingredients.

5. Roll the dough into an 18 x 12 inch rectangle. Leaving a 1-inch margin, spread the filling over the dough, sprinkle with 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon. Starting at the long end, roll the dough jelly-roll fashion. Cut the dough into 12 pieces (in the style of cinnamon rolls). Lay the pieces on a prepared baking sheet and allow them to rise for 30 minutes, or until doubled in bulk.

6. Bake fro 15 minutes at 375 degrees.

7. Drizzle with the glaze.

My notes:

  • I added quite a bit of extra flour (probably in the range of 1-2 cups), as the dough was quite sticky. (Too sticky to roll.)
  • We struggled to crush the cardamom pods, so make sure you have the right tools or buy the pulverized version from the store!
  • The filling should be increased by 50-100%. I like a good sticky cinnamon roll, and these needed a bit more filling.
Cardamom and cinnamon-scented Swedish rolls.

Cardamom and cinnamon-scented Swedish rolls.


One thought on “Our First Easter in California

  1. Bet they were great. Look like Baba’s cinnamon rolls.

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