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White Chocolate, Sour Cherry and Cardamom Rolls

When I was a girl, my mother often made us Cinnamon Rolls for a treat . . . not the yeast kind, mind you . . . but the kind made with scone dough. Easy peasy lemon squeasy, and no waiting for the dough to rise and all that faff! We loved them.

What we loved even more was the name my father had for them . . . "Pets de Nonne", or translated into English . . . "Nun's Farts." I know, terribly rude . . . but to a child quite hilarious, bringing us no end of giggles. As Todd would say . . . typical Canadian humour . . . n'est ce pas?

Anyways, they were delicious regardless to the name and we would scarf them down in no time. I often made them for my own children as well . . . but we called them . . . Cinnamon Rolls. 'Nuff said.

Today I got to thinking what if I filled them with something different. I had some white chocolate chips and I have tons of sour cherries and so I decided to combine the two . . . I didn't think cinnamon would be that good with them though . . .

Not that it would taste really bad . . . but I wanted something moreishly different . . . something that would smell just as enticing while they were baking, but that would perfectly enhance the sweetness of the white chocolate and the tartness of the sour cherries.

Ground Cardamom. PERFECT!!

Easy peasy, lemon squeasy and every bit as delicious as the originals . . . and maybe even more so . . . well, all depending on what kind of mood you are in at any rate! I dare say dried blueberries would also be very scrummy done this way! Oh and Dried Strawberries would be just gorgeous with the cardamom!

*White Chocolate, Sour Cherry and Cardamom Rolls*
Makes 12
Printable Recipe

These smell heavenly when they are baking and are scrummy yummy!

8.5 ounces plain flour (2 cups)
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2.5 ounces white shortening (1/3 cup)
6 ounces milk

To fill:
3 TBS softened butter
3 3/4 ounces soft light brown sugar (1/2 cup, packed)
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
6 ounces white chocolate chips (1 cup)
3 ounces of dried sour cherries, chopped (1/2 cup packed)

To glaze:
4 ounces of icing sugar, sifted

Preheat the oven to 220*C/425*F/ gas mark 7. Butter a baking sheet. Set aside.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in the shortening with a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add enough of the milk to make a soft dough. You may not need it all. Turn out onto a floured board and knead several times. Pat out into a 12 by 8 inch rectangle.

Spread with the softened butter. Sprinkle the brown sugar evenly over top. Sprinkle the cardamom evenly over top. Scatter the chocolate chips and cherries over top. Roll up as for a jelly roll from the long side, rolling it tightly and sealing the edges. Slice into 12 even slices with a sharp knife. Place cut side down onto the baking sheet, leaving space in between each one.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until well risen and lightly browned. Remove from the oven. Whisk together the icing sugar and enough milk to make a smooth drizzle. Drizzle this over the warm rolls. Serve warm. Delicious!

Note - If you haven't got any in make sure you go out and buy a couple of hot cross bun loafs today or cinnamon raisin loafs! You won't want to miss out on the recipe I am posting tomorrow! Perfect for an Easter morning breakfast!
Marie Rayner
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  1. Wow, that's very different from cinnamon rolls. What a wonderful treat!

  2. I love cinnamon rolls, and 'd love to have your recipe for the filling!

  3. Hi Marie,
    These look delicious and I'm looking forward to making them, but I have a question first..
    What are Sour Cherries?
    Are they fresh unripe cherries or dried cherries or something totally different?
    Thanks kindly,
    Barbara in Toronto

  4. I love buns!! and these look amazing Marie, what yummy!! Happy easter and Blessings to you and Todd and Daisie, huggs!!!

  5. Those would be dried sour cherries Barbara! I should have been clearer in my directions. Fixing it now! xx

  6. Marie, you had my complete attention at the title: White Chocolate, Sour Cherry and Cardamom Rolls; but the pictures (Oh My!), and then -Nun's Farts!?! What fun! I am making these VERY soon, and for as many tittering children as I can gather and whisper the name of 'Nun's Farts' to. Thanks!

  7. Dear Marie,
    Thank you so much for responding.
    I will make the addition to my copy and look forward to making them.
    Thank you for your lovely site and for sharing your hard work and expertise with us. People like you make people like me look good in the kitchen!
    Barbara in Toronto


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