February 19, 2011

Forget about lemon sticky buns! Convert to mandarin sticky buns!

Do you see these guys? Aren’t they cute?

I know, right? Cute and delicious! We love mandarins. Our home is a mandarins refuge. You will always find many of them filling our life and bellies. We usually eat them just like that. But for once, I wanted to make something more out of them. I got inspired by a lot of lemon sticky buns recipes that I have seen around the blogsphere lately and I made mandarin sticky buns.

We were very happy about the result. I know, a little time consuming. But boy, it was worth it! And I got some kneading exercise J

Sticky Mandarin Rolls with Mandarin Cream Cheese Glaze
Makes 8-10 small rolls or 6 big rolls

Mandarin Roll Dough

6 gr (1 ¼ tsp) yeast
90 ml (3 fl oz) warm milk
57 gr (1/2 stick or 1/4 cup) unsalted butter, soft
25 gr (2 scant tbsp) sugar
5 ml (1 tsp) vanilla extract

250 gr (9 oz or 2 cups) all-purpose flour
one pinch of salt
2 gr (1/4 tsp) nutmeg
2 mandarins zest (I could possibly use more next time)
1 egg

Mandarin Filling

100 gr (3.55 oz or 1/2 cup) sugar
2 gr (1/4 tsp) nutmeg
2 gr (1/4 tsp) powdered ginger
2 mandarins, zest and juice
15 gr (1 tbsp) unsalted butter, melted

Mandarin Cream Cheese Glaze

60 gr (2 oz) cream cheese, softened
2 mandarins, juice and zest
130 gr (4.5 oz or 1 cup) confectioners’ sugar


In a medium bowl, sprinkle the yeast over the warm milk and let it sit for a couple minutes.

Add the butter, the sugar, the vanilla and 65 gr (½ cup) of flour and stir together. Then add the salt, the nutmeg, and the mandarin zest.

Stir in the eggs and enough of the remaining flour to make a soft, yet sticky, dough.

Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes or until the dough is very smooth. Next, put the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover it with plastic wrap and let it rise for about an hour.

In the meantime, prepare the filling. In a small bowl, mix the sugar with the nutmeg and the ginger and then work in the mandarin zest with the tips of your fingers until the sugar gets a bit wet. Stir in the juice of 2 mandarins.

Lightly grease a baking dish with butter.

On a floured surface pat the dough out into a rectangle. Spread the dough with the melted butter and then with the mandarin-sugar mixture.

Roll the dough up tightly, starting from the top long end. Cut the long dough roll into 6 big (or 8-10 small) rolls and place them in the prepared baking dish.

Cover the rolls with a towel and let them rise for an hour or until puffy and nearly doubled.

In the meantime, preheat the oven to 350F degrees.

Place the risen rolls in the oven and bake for 35 minutes.

While the rolls are baking, prepare the glaze. With a mixer beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add the mandarin juice and blend until well combined and finally add the confectioners’ sugar.

When the rolls are done, spread the cream cheese icing on top of them, and sprinkle the zest of 2 mandarins to garnish.

Serve while warm.

Have a sweet day!

Source: adapted from The Kitchn


  1. hi Sara
    I love those little oranges, I think they were a must better choice for these wonderful sticky buns. I would love to try them especially with that cream cheese glaze!

  2. Oh wow, those are gorgeous Sara. I think they are a great use for your beloved mandarins!

  3. Oh, my friend, these are speaking to me. Since we're sisters in our dislike of chocolate, I know I can count on you to make sweet things that speak to my soul. I love citrus and I adore cream cheese.

    You still need to move to the East Coast. Seriously.

  4. These look scrumptious. I will have to make when I have a day off. Sometimes I want to try something different from cinnamon rolls

  5. I am loving your sticky buns!I've been baking with oranges lately. We can't get enough of them here. ;)The cream cheese glaze looks delicious!!Hope you relax on this nice and long weekend, Sara;)

  6. Oh, Sara! These are perfect!! We always have a bowl of those little mandarins on the counter and who wouldn't love a mandarin flavored bun? I'll take 2... no 3!

  7. Oh my, how good are those sticky buns?! Wow! My mouth is watering just by looking at the photo... great recipe!

  8. I have a feeling I couldn't stop at one or two or 7 of these!

  9. result looks really good. I think mandarin taste is even more interesting

  10. I love that mandarin is infused into every aspect of these buns!!!

  11. Oh my..what a yummy photos!!! I love this recipe!

  12. Mandarin sticky buns!? Heavenly!! These look fantastic!!

  13. Your picture is mouthwatering. These sound delicious.

  14. such a great idea to use mandarin oranges for the sticky buns. They look so good and I love the idea of the cream cheese filling!

  15. Oh goodness these sound & look finger-lickin' good! :)
    Love the substitution of the oranges...sounds yum!
    You have a lovely blog by the way!


  16. Oh my do those look sooo good. I would have a hard time not wanting to eat every one! I love how you put ginger in the filling. YUM! :)

  17. Sara, I think I'm in love! These sticky buns are gorgeous and what a fantastic use for mandarins! I bet they would be great for breakfast or dessert :o)

  18. Oh my, I think I have died and gone to heaven. These are absolutely gorgeous. Love the flavour twist!

  19. These look delicious! i love the generous portion of frosting on your bun :) Could definitely go for one with my coffee in the morning!

  20. Oh honey, what a fantastic idea! Those sticky buns look like they could be my undoing!

  21. Ooh I love mandarins!! Those buns look awesome. I've never made sticky buns!

  22. I remember when my dad used to accidentally get the orange flavored cinnamon rolls by Pilsbury when I was little.. these homemade ones look much more delicious! Your pictures are fantastic! Hope you had a good weekend Sara!

  23. I love that idea, Sara. I bet these buns tasted fresh and citrusy. Leave it to you to come up with something delicious like this. Okay, now this is what I want for brunch when we finally get together for it. Wait, do I say that about all your posts? :-) This is like a mandarin orange explosion and I love it!!!

  24. OHHH! "Stick" some of those in my mouth!! GREG

  25. Yum! Finger licking good...yes yes.

  26. Mandarin sticky buns? Yumms! These sound even better than cinnamon buns!

  27. Fantastic. I have to try these.

  28. Oh my! I've never even had a lemon sticky bun, but I think I'd start with your mandarin ones first now! I love the filling (with ginger YUM)and how soft they look!

  29. i've never made sticky buns, but oh boy, these looks so sinful. LOVE them. i really really have to try them. Thanks Sara

  30. Makes sense since I happen to have a glut of mandarins on my hands. thanks for the neat idea.


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