Raspberry and orange sweet rolls

I am in love with these rolls. I have actually made them twice in the span of one week and tried to experiment with the whole wheat content of the dough. While both turned out good the one that used a mixture of whole wheat and all purpose flour worked best. The texture was more spongy like.

I am actually going to try to make them again just all whole wheat because I really hate having all purpose flour in the mixture. I like them to be 100% whole wheat so I am trying once more and if they are as good or better than the last batch I will change the recipe to 3 cups of whole wheat pastry flour instead :-)

Anyhow, I know that these rolls require a little bit of time but they are worth every minute. If you venture and try them out I suggest you try to get 12 little rolls out of each circle instead of 8 like I did. Either way they will be good, I just think they will be better being a bit smaller.

By the way these rolls are not that sweet at all. They are just perfect!!


Dough pictures before and after rising. It took about 2-3 hours. If using all 3 cups of whole wheat pastry flour it will take longer. If choosing to use 3 cups whole wheat flour for the bread, add 1 teaspoon of gluten if you have it. It will help with the rising of the dough as well as the texture.

Place 2-3 tablespoons of marmalade, 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 tablespoon of shredded coconut over each circle. Then with a pizza cutter divide each circle into 12 if you can. I did into 8 :-)

Left picture depicts the rolls before rising which probably took about 1-2 hours. The right picture was after the rolls risen. I baked it that night and the next morning half the batch was pretty much gone :-)

The dough itself is not that sweet even with the marmalade and all so the glaze complements these rolls very good. You can omit it if you like but I do recommend it!!

You can add what ever marmalade you like to the rolls. I had raspberry on hand but any would work perfectly.


Raspberry and orange sweet rolls

Yield: 16-20 rolls


2 teaspoons instant yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1/3 cup unrefined sugar
1/3 cup olive oil
2 eggs
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 cup all purpose flour, I am going to try to get rid of this in the recipe next time, I was just experimenting


4-6 tablespoons raspberry marmalade
2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
4 tablespoons sugar
zest of two organic oranges


1/2 cup confectioner sugar
2-3 tablespoons orange juice


In a bowl add sugar, oil, eggs, yeast and yogurt. Add 2 cups of whole wheat pastry flour and 3/4 cup of all purpose flour, mix well. (I do all of this with my hands). If the dough appears too sticky, add the remaining 1/4 cup all purpose flour.

Cover dough with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel and let rise until doubled in a warm place, about 2 hours. Divide dough in half and, on a lightly floured surface, roll out each half into a 12-inch circle.

Spread 2-3 tablespoons of marmalade on each circle and sprinkle 2 tablespoons of sugar plus 1 tablespoon of coconut on each circle. Divide the orange zest among both circles.

Using a pizza cutter, cut the circle into 12 equal slices. (I cut mine into 8 but 12 would work a lot better). Starting on the wide end, roll up each slice like a croissant.

In a greased 9x13-inch baking pan, lay the rolls pointed end down. Cover with a kitchen towel and allow to rise until doubled in size, about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Alternatively, cover with foil and allow to rise in the refrigerator overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Brush (you can also use your fingers) each roll with egg wash (1 egg mixed in with 1 tsp of water or milk) and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden. Mix the glaze ingredients and pour over the rolls. Served while still warm or completely cooled.

adapted from the pastry affair

 Nutrition facts calculated based on the recipe giving 18 rolls.


  1. Aww, I’m not going to post my rolls now! These are so much yummier looking. I was very unhappy with mine because the dough tasted healthy. With lots of filling and icing, you can’t taste the healthyness, but I don’t want to have to load them with sugar to make them taste good.

    These look and probably taste a lot better with some white flour in there! I’m going to try this version when I finish the rolls I made today, which probably won’t be for another week. Or maybe I’ll just try mine again but with half white flour. After I made the rolls, I made pretzel bites and I had the same problem. They would have been SO much better with some white flour in there.

    Yours came out very pretty! Are these the danishes you were talking about earlier? They’re kind of danish-like. :)

  2. Texanerin, Thanks :-)
    yeah they work a lot better with some white flour although I hate that :-( I made another batch with all of it 100% WW pastry flour and they were still good but a bit tougher texture, especially the next day. These were the ones I made into Danishes. They were gone in 2 days but it liked the rolls better.

    I think you should try your rolls with a little bit of white flour in there, I am sure you will like them better!!

  3. These look so good. I wish I had a batch ready to go for tomorrow to enjoy with my coffee. I’ll have to make some of these when we have company come in town. I bet they freeze well before baking.

  4. this looks so good and not too unhealthy on the fat. initially i thought it was pizza.. but then i read raspberry marmalade. :-) beautiful pics.

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