A few months back, while trolling food blogs, I came across a site called Citrus Tree Kitchen. When the homepage opened I immediately knew I had hit the jackpot- recipes for cinnamon buns and baba ghanoush on the same page?!? Who was the genius curating such a collection? I had to read more…
I found exploring Citrus Tree Kitchen a true journey for the senses. Browsing the recipe index, developed by the multi-talented Ananda Edelstein, will undoubtedly leave your mouth watering and stomach growling. Ananda’s recipes are thoughtfully created to reduce waste and encourage seasonal, vegetable-based eating. In a nutshell, Ananda’s recipes are the right kind of healthy; the kind that tastes amazing, fills you up and nourishes you from the inside out. These recipes are like the ones you would find dog-eared, hand-written and smudged with coffee from years of use, with a slightly updated twist.
Now back to those buns. I am an absolute sucker for cinnamon rolls. I have tried to recreate my mom’s recipe, which she, of course, knows by heart, without much luck. The yeast-free recipe from Citrus Tree Kitchen for whole-wheat cardamom & walnut buns seemed right up my alley. I was able to whip these buns up in no time and am enjoying one while typing this… so good!
Whole-wheat cardamom pecan buns
makes 12 buns
1 cup walnuts, chopped (I used pecans as I had them on hand)
5 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted, plus more for greasing pan
½ cup coconut palm sugar or organic sugar, plus more for dusting
1 tsp. ground cardamom
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. fine sea salt
1½ cups whole-wheat flour, plus more for dusting
½ cup all-purpose flour
3 tbsp. coconut palm sugar or organic sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. fine sea salt
¼ tsp. ground cardamom
¾ cup almond milk or milk of choice
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
2½ tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
1 egg, beaten
-Grease 10” cake pan and preheat oven to 350 F.
-Combine all ingredients for filling and mix well using one medium flat sauté.
-Whisk together flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cardamom for dough. Mix milk, lemon juice, and butter together; slowly add to dry ingredients. Knead dough on floured surface several times then roll into a 12”x8” rectangle using a French rolling pin.
-Spread filling onto dough leaving a 1” border on the long edges. Gently roll dough away from you forming a log then slice into 12- 1” pieces.
-Place dough in greased pan leaving room in between each portion. Beat one egg and brush onto buns. Dust lightly with sugar if desired. Bake until golden brown.
I hope you enjoy these hearty, tasty treats!