Baking| Sweet Orange, Roasted Strawberry & Chocolate Buttermilk Rolls … the best of The Pioneer Woman

“I wanted to make a cookbook full of food that you’d absolutely love, because I love all of you.”
Ree Drummond

Sweet Orange, Roasted Strawberry & Chocolate Buttermilk RollsOf course I got tempted again! What’s not to love about Sweet Orange Rolls? The day I saw these delicious rolls from Rees new cookbook, I was in a trance. 24 hours later, my kitchen was enticingly orangey, deeply strawberryish … and like the best bakery in town. These Sweet Orange, Roasted Strawberry and Chocolate Buttermilk Rolls were winners.Sweet Orange, Roasted Strawberry & Chocolate Buttermilk Rolls I knew they would be! I am a huge fan of The Pioneer Womans cinnamon roll dough, a dough I have endlessly experimented with outstanding results each time. If the Apple Cranberry Almond Olive Oil Pull-Apart Loaf & Popovers weren’t a screaming success enough, these Savoury Chili Cheese & Garlic Olive Oil Pull-Apart Bread reconfirmed it!Sweet Orange, Roasted Strawberry & Chocolate Buttermilk Rolls So when I saw the dashing and talented {in Rees words of course, but seriously, it’s true} Brians post on  A Thought For Food, I knew my homemade bitter tangerine marmalade had found a new destination. This has turned out to be the yummiest one yet. It was a bread dessert waiting to be baked, and while I worked on the dough I made changes, just a few changes.Sweet Orange, Roasted Strawberry & Chocolate Buttermilk RollsNothing radical as the basic recipe is a winner. I had some buttermilk on hand, so in it went instead of milk. Then, when I opened the fridge to take out the jar of marmalade, I couldn’t resist thinking the oranges might enjoy some colourful company …Roasted Balsamic StrawberriesSo the marmalade got slathered over with some roasted balsamic strawberries I had made the day before. These are delightful to have in the fridge. For times when you buy too many strawberries in temptation and then panic that they will spoil, this is a good recipe. It keeps them safe for at least a few days longer.Roasted Balsamic Strawberries I make small portions at a time and put them into fruit bakes, sandwich and top a cake with cream, or drizzle a few spoonfuls over a parfait or ice cream. You can see them in these – Quark Mousse Cake, Quarkauflauf, Eggless Caramel Cream Cakes. Just yesterday I topped a cheesecake with the left overs. So many ways and so much fun; taste, colour and variety all packed into one jar! Sweet Orange, Roasted Strawberry & Chocolate Buttermilk RollsBecause they are oven roasted, they are nice and thick, they don’t ‘leak‘ extra liquid into the dough to make it soggy. To keep the ‘not so terrible any more’ teen happy I threw in some dark chocolate too. Orange, strawberry and chocolate together worked some magic in there to serve up some darned delicious dessert rolls! We loved them … LOTS! {I made 2 individual pop over rolls too with left over dough}.Sweet Orange, Roasted Strawberry & Chocolate Buttermilk RollsHow do I describe something bursting with the freshness of orange, seduced by the heady combination of deep roasted strawberries and dark chocolate … ooeeey, gooeey, wonderful. They were fabulous warm, and very very good at room temperature. And with obligatory lashings of unsweetened low fat cream, even more DELICIOUS!Sweet Orange, Roasted Strawberry & Chocolate Buttermilk RollsThis is my new favourite dessert – light, eggless, fruity, chocolaty. I love it! Dark chocolate only makes good things even gooder better. It’s adapted minimally from the Rees new cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks – Food From My Frontier. If the recipe is anything to go by, the book has to be a winner.Sweet Orange, Roasted Strawberry & Chocolate Buttermilk Rolls Sweet Orange, Roasted Strawberry & Chocolate Buttermilk Rolls I made a half quantity and am glad I did. Half was hard to keep away from, how could we have  justified digging into 48 rolls? Next 24 to be made soon, and more bitter marmalade making coming up just for these! Yes, they were that good! Thank you Brian for the inspiration to bake this ‘miracle‘! Loved your ‘thought for food!

[print_this]Recipe: Sweet Orange, Roasted Strawberry & Chocolate Buttermilk Rolls
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Summary: Sweet dessert rolls bursting with the freshness of orange flavour, seduced by deep roasted strawberries and then given the kick of dark chocolate … all ooeeey, gooeey, wonderful. Adapted minimally from The Pioneer Woman Cooks – Food From My Frontier

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes {plus resting time}

  • Buttermilk Dough
  • 240ml {1 cup} buttermilk
  • 70gm {1/4 cup} granulated sugar
  • 60ml {1/4 cup} vegetable oil
  • 1 1/8 tsp active dry yeast
  • 270gm {2 1/4 cups} all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Filling
  • 50gm {1/4 cup} unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 tbsp orange marmalade
  • 1 serving roasted balsamic strawberries {recipe follows}
  • 100gm dark chocolate chips {good quality}
  • 1/2 cup {1 stick} butter, melted
  • Icing
  • Zest and juice of 1 orange
  • 60gm {1/2 cup} powdered sugar
  • 50gm {1/4 cup} unsalted butter, melted
  • 2-3 tbsp milk, room temperature
  • Dash of salt
  • Roasted Balsamic Strawberries
  • 225gm strawberries
  • 30gm  {2tbsp} brown sugar
  • 15ml {1tbsp} balsamic vinegar


  1. In a large saucepan over low heat, heat the milk, granulated sugar, and oil until warm but not hot. Add the yeast and 2 cups of flour, then mix and transfer to a bowl. Cover and let it rise for at least an hour.
  2. Stir in the remaining 1/2 cup flour, the baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. {Thermomix: warm milk, sugar,oil, yeast and flour in TM bowl. Mix at Speed 6 for 5 seconds. Knead at intermittent speed for 2 minutes. Leave dough in TH for an hour until it doubles. Cover TM if weather is cold. Add baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix on reverse speed 2 for 10 seconds.}
  4. Roll the dough into a long rectangle, about 15 inches wide by 10 inches deep. You’ll want it to be as thin as you can get so that you can add plenty of goo.
    Drizzle the melted butter all over the surface of the dough. Use your fingers to smear it all around so that it coats evenly.
  5. Spread the orange marmalade all over the buttered dough, distributing it as evenly as you can, followed by the roasted balsamic strawberries.  Sprinkle as much good quality dark chocolate all over the two …
  6. Using both hands in a back-and-forth motion, gradually roll the dough toward you into one long log. {I took a little long getting here, so the dough began to rise. It’s a slightly shaggy dough, so might be a good idea to roll it on parchment, especially if you fill it ‘up’ like I did!}
  7. Pinch the seam to seal it. Slice the log-o’-dough into 1/2 inch pieces.
  8. Preheat the oven to 190C. Place the rolls in a buttered baking dish and allow them to rise for 20 minutes while the oven preheats. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes until nice and golden.
  9. While the rolls are baking, make the icing.  Add the zest and juice of 1 orange to a bowl. Add the powdered sugar and salt, some milk.
  10. Then some melted butter and whisk it together until it’s nice and smooth and lovely.
  11. Pull the rolls out of the oven when they’re golden brown and drizzle on the icing right off the bat. The piping hot rolls will suck that gorgeous icing right down into their crevices and the whole thing pretty much becomes a miracle.
  12. Serve them warm.
  13. Roasted Balsamic Strawberries
  14. Toss the quartered strawberries well with the brown sugar and balsamic vinegar. Bake at 180C for about 45 minutes until nice and bubbly, stirring once or twice. Cool completely, transfer to a clean glass jar and refrigerate.


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  • 5 years ago

    Deeba, only you could take something like a cinnamon roll and make it into something even more decadent. i love berries and would adore to try this. x s

  • 5 years ago

    This must be heavenly with the combination of orange, chocolate and strawberries, love it.

  • 5 years ago

    how gorgeous these rolls are! i just posted savoury stuffed rolls with paneer, veggies and herbs. i made pumpkin cinnmon rolls too and only the good lord knows when i will get down to posting them! that orange tree looks so beautiful!

  • 5 years ago

    Fantastic rolls! A wonderful teatime treat.



  • 5 years ago

    I haven’t received her new cookbook yet but can’t wait to have a look at it. These are beautiful rolls full of flavors.

  • 5 years ago

    Looks the flavors, pictures and it looks like spring 🙂 Yuuuuuuum:)

  • 5 years ago

    Could these be any better? No! They’re perfect! I am a huge fan of rolls. Yours look so tender and soft, just the way they should be. I like the fruit additions

  • 5 years ago

    I’ve been eyeing PW’s Cinnamon rolls for quite some time now.I guess this is one easy recipe to tackle!Itching to buy her new book too..hmm.

  • 5 years ago

    Don’t do this, Deeba!!! You are making me go into a trance now :-p These look yummy!! And the pictures are just perfect 🙂

    Have no berries so I will bookmark this for the next season!


  • 5 years ago

    Unbelievably delicious looking rolls! And great shots! I can’t take my eyes off them.

  • Lovely! The recipe and the images are delicious!

  • 5 years ago

    Deeba you are a genius! I could eat these all day long. Thanks for the lovely recipe!

  • 5 years ago

    Ciao, volevo invitarti alla mia raccolta sui dolci che si preparano a Pasqua in tutti gli angoli del mondo 🙂
    Spero vi parteciperai

    A presto


  • malavika
    5 years ago

    hello ma’am!
    i love you site 🙂
    you make food look even better than it tastes!
    i was wondering what camera you use, and what lens?

    • 5 years ago

      Thank you for your sweet words M. I use a Canon 50D with a canon 100mm/f 2.8 macro lens

  • Strawberry, orange and chocolate sounds like such great combo! Beautiful rolls…

  • I love the colors and the falvours in this, oranges, strawberries and chocolate are a heavenly mix

  • 5 years ago

    These look fabulous!!

  • 5 years ago

    Wow. You are making me want to eat my computer screen.
    Your shots are gorgeous and your rolls look delicious.

  • Shivangi
    5 years ago

    Simply superb………..marvelous….

  • Nicole
    5 years ago

    Wow! superb recipe.! i wanna try this at home .really YUMMY!

  • Avril
    5 years ago

    Sweet Orange, Roasted Strawberry & Chocolate Buttermilk Rolls …LOVE IT. Thanks for the delicious blog.

  • Liz
    5 years ago

    Yummy.. I love those picture. It made me hungry.

  • Maryden25
    5 years ago

    Oh my God! I will surely forget my diet again! These foods are super yummy! Super sweet! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  • Heidi19
    5 years ago

    Wow! What a mouthwatering dessert you have here. I’m so excited to try this someday. Thanks for sharing your recipe to us!

  • Charmaine
    5 years ago

    Yummy kind of desserts…I want to try it…My family will love to try this also…Thanks for sharing this kind of post to us..

  • Deeba, I am always blown away by the combination of flavors in your baking–I love the freshness of these rolls. And I think I’m going to stop talking about the pictures because they are always fantastic! 😀

  • Karyn18
    5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this oh so sweet recipe! I really love strawberries. Having this recipe on our table will be a big surprise to my family.

  • Born25
    5 years ago

    I love this recipe as much as I love those fruits! Eating healthy is eating food like this..
    Thanks for sharing this sweet recipe.

  • 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing the recipe. Looks like a great recipe for Easter weekend.

  • 5 years ago

    Hi Deebs,

    This had been haunting me since you posted it!! It came out YUMMMMMMMM!!
    Skipped the strawberries cudnt find them here!!
    But Orange and Choco-chip was a droolworthy combo.
    Had some leftover dough so made the same with our good old kissan mixed fruit jam and some raisins for the bite…thats the datr’s fav!!


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