Rose-Shaped Sweet Rolls with a Warm Caramel Nut Sauce

Rose-shaped Sweet Rolls with a Warm Caramel Nut Topping

In honour of upcoming Valentine’s day, a dozen {sweet} roses! I mean what says “I Love You” more than a dozen sweet and buttery roses covered in a warm, nutty caramel sauce to celebrate Valentine’s, right?

This recipe is my very loose adaptation of a classic Italian rose sweet bread (Torta delle Rose) The classic is traditionally prepared over several days and baked in a tall springform pan with the rolls filled with butter that is whipped with white sugar. I decided I want to do a quicker, more rustic version (read, how can I make this in my skillet?) and change it up a bit. I thought about making it red velvet (no, not really! :), but in the end, decided to fill my sweet rolls with mixture of brown sugar and butter, with a touch of cinnamon. And since I was on a brown sugar and butter roll (no pun intended), I decided to top it all off with a quick, warm brown sugar, butter and nut sauce after it was baked.

Rose-Shaped Sweet Rolls with a Warm Caramel Nut Sauce
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There are a couple of points to pass along should you decide to make this recipe. They are made just like cinnamon/sticky rolls right up until the point you place them into your pan. Before you do, you need to pinch together the bottom of the slice. This serves two purposes – it keeps the butter/sugar filling from escaping out the bottom, and it pushes up and loosens the spiral a bit, making a fun “rose” shape as it bakes.

And speaking of the spiral shape, let me tell you, these rolls have a bit of trouble controlling their enthusiasm when not confined in a large pan, and have a tendency to grow exponentially in the oven. You may even encounter a rogue rose that will unravel itself and pop right out of the top or even right out of the pan. Of course, you’ll have less of a problem if you use a springform pan or at least a pan with higher sides than my skillet. If you use a skillet and you have any escapees, never fear, you can just pop it back in where it belongs and all will be well.

In any event, I strongly recommend placing a baking sheet under whatever pan you use, to catch any escaping butter/sugar mixture or the odd centre of a rose.

Rose-shaped  Sweet Rolls with a Warm Caramel Nut Sauce
Pin It One last thing, the dough on these rolls is just lovely – a rich and sweet brioche-like dough. Despite that, they keep remarkably well and were moist and delicious the second day and beyond. And like all breads, these freeze well.

24 Comments

  • I love the shape of these rolls! And the caramel on top looks killer :)

    • Reply February 9, 2014

      Jennifer M

      Thanks Katrina. They were fun to make (and seriously delicious!)

  • Reply February 9, 2014

    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    These are so pretty. What a lovely way to wake someone up on Valentine’s Day morning!

    • Reply February 9, 2014

      Jennifer M

      Thanks so much, Maureen.

  • Reply February 9, 2014

    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    How amazing is this?! I could just shove my face in the entire pan!

    • Reply February 9, 2014

      Jennifer M

      Thanks Chung-Ah. I like your idea ;)

  • Reply February 9, 2014

    Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    These rolls look like absolute heaven and that sauce is divine!

    • Reply February 9, 2014

      Jennifer M

      Thanks so much, Laura. Can never go wrong with a simple brown sugar and butter sauce.

  • Reply February 10, 2014

    thelittleloaf

    Oh wow, I’d rather receive these than a dozen roses any day!

    • Reply February 10, 2014

      Jennifer M

      Thanks and I think the same way, Kate :)

  • Reply February 10, 2014

    Sophie

    Oh — reading food blogs when hungry — you know the rest! These look killer-good! Caramel anything, sign me up

    • Reply February 10, 2014

      Jennifer M

      Thanks Sophie. I do know :)

  • Reply February 10, 2014

    MB

    How completely ingenious to bake sweet rolls in a lovely rustic skillet! With caramel! This is my kind of cooking… I am thrilled to have discovered your blog, and look forward to following it!

    • Reply February 10, 2014

      Jennifer M

      Thanks so much, MB. You’ll find I don’t need much encouragement to stuff something into a skillet ;) It’s my favourite cooking vessel.

  • Reply February 10, 2014

    Dana

    I had just about given up trying to find a decent caramel roll recipe. These look like they are definiteyl worth trying.

    • Reply February 10, 2014

      Jennifer M

      I think you would really enjoy these, Dana. The rolls are lovely and the caramel sauce, well…just delicious.

  • Reply February 12, 2014

    whilehewasout

    Wow these rolls look wonderful! And that sauce is lovely :)

    • Reply February 12, 2014

      Jennifer M

      Thanks so much!

  • These rolls are absolutely gorgeous, and I would never EVER say no to a homemade sweet roll, especially when it’s smothered in an incredible caramel nut sauce. Love this!

    • Reply February 12, 2014

      Jennifer M

      Thanks so much, Alexandra. I would never say no to a roll, either :)

  • Reply February 13, 2014

    Laura Dembowski

    These rolls are beautiful! So glamorous and comforting at the same time.

    • Reply February 13, 2014

      Jennifer M

      Thanks so much, Laura.

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    • Reply April 6, 2014

      Jennifer M

      So glad to hear!

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