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!

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About me: I am a freelance food writer, recipe developer and photographer. Food is my passion - baking, cooking, developing recipes, making recipes healthier, using fresh seasonal produce and local products, keeping a check on my carbon footprint and being a responsible foodie! I enjoy food styling, food photography, recipe development and product reviews. I express this through my food photographs which I style and the recipes I blog. My strength lies in 'Doing Food From Scratch'; it must taste as good as it looks, and be healthy too. Baking in India, often my biggest challenge is the non-availability of baking ingredients, and this has now become a platform to get creative on. I enjoy cooking immensely as well.


  1. 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
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  2. This must be heavenly with the combination of orange, chocolate and strawberries, love it.
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  3. 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!
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  4. Fantastic rolls! A wonderful teatime treat.



  5. 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.
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  6. Looks the flavors, pictures and it looks like spring :) Yuuuuuuum:)

  7. 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
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  8. 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.

  9. 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!


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

  11. Lovely! The recipe and the images are delicious!
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  12. Deeba you are a genius! I could eat these all day long. Thanks for the lovely recipe!
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  13. Ciao, volevo invitarti alla mia raccolta sui dolci che si preparano a Pasqua in tutti gli angoli del mondo :)
    Spero vi parteciperai

    A presto


  14. malavika says:

    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?

  15. Strawberry, orange and chocolate sounds like such great combo! Beautiful rolls…
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  16. I love the colors and the falvours in this, oranges, strawberries and chocolate are a heavenly mix

  17. These look fabulous!!

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

    Simply superb………..marvelous….

  20. Nicole says:

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

  21. Avril says:

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

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

  23. Maryden25 says:

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

  24. Heidi19 says:

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

    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..
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  26. 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! 😀
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  27. Karyn18 says:

    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.

  28. Born25 says:

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

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

  30. 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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