These Vegan Sticky Butter Cardamom Swirls will make you feel like a pastry chef, even if you are an inexperienced or self-taught baker! These shiny, beautiful swirls are deceiving as they are quite easy to make! 5-ingredient fluffy vegan dough, layered with sweet cardamom butter (dairy-free of course), rolled up and baked until golden. Then we brush them with homemade vanilla syrup glaze which gives them that shiny look and keeps the tops from hardening.
It all started with planning for our weekly Sunday Morning Coffee. If you’re new here, every Sunday we get together with my and Greg’s families and have coffee and treats. It started with them bringing over bread or pastries from a local bakery, but it has morphed into me making all the treats! I actually love it because it gives me the perfect circumstances for testing new recipes: hungry recipe testers, and lots of them, all in one place.
I have been looking at photos of European bakeries on Pinterest lately because they tend to have the most beautiful spreads of baked goods. I can’t get enough! I have been wanting to make something beautiful and bakery-worthy, and thus came up with this recipe! I was craving cinnamon rolls, and then had the idea to do cardamom instead. If you haven’t tried cardamom before and are wondering how it tastes, Google describes it as “an herbal warmth like a fragrant cross between eucalyptus, mint, and pepper—more citrusy than fennel and sweeter than cumin”.
I tend to tell people the smell reminds me of earl grey tea, and it is like a sweet very delicate herbal flavour. It is absolutely delicious when combined with sugar and extra extra delicious when layered with buttery dough.
How to make these Vegan Sticky Butter Cardamom Swirls SO swirly…
Normally my cinnamon rolls are pretty thick and doughy (which I love) with a thicker swirl. I wanted to make these ones have tons of swirly layers, with a gorgeous spiral on top. I thought it would be tricky to execute, but it wasn’t any more difficult than regular cinnamon rolls. In fact, it may have even been easier! I know!
Basically I rolled out a long rectangle of dough like I always do with cinnamon rolls. Spread on the buttery cardamom sugar filling in a thin layer. Then, instead of rolling it up lengthwise into a log and then slicing it, I did something that totally changed the way these rolls turn out!
I used a pizza wheel to slice 8 strips the long way, then rolled each strip up into a swirl, resulting in a super tight spiral with lots of layers. Such a game changer!
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