Brown sugar yeast scrolls


brown sugar scrolls final

For these brown sugar yeast rolls, I adapted the filling recipe from the Nazook I made a couple of years ago, replacing the white sugar with dark brown sugar for a rich, molasses flavour. I swear, this batch of 16 scrolls were gone in a matter of hours. I think I found the key to M’s sweet tooth with these πŸ˜‰Β  Soooooo much brown sugar, and the tops become crisp for a fantastic textural contrast. I am well and truly convinced that adding mashed potato to a yeast dough makes a huge impact on texture – the rolls turn out so fluffy soft and shreddy. I really dislike that thing where you bite into a sweet roll and it ends up chewy and hard in your mouth as you chew – it should melt. These melt πŸ™‚

Makes 16


500g (4 scant cups) all-purpose (plain) flour
1 x 7g sachet (2 1/4 tsp) instant dry yeast
60g (1/4 cup, packed) dark brown (muscovado) sugar
1 tsp salt
100g (7 tbsp) unsalted butter, room temperature
125ml (1/2 cup + 1 tsp) milk, room temperature
200g (1 cup) mashed potato, room temperature
2 large eggs, room temperature


125g (1 scant cup) all-purpose (plain) flour, sifted
325g (1 1/2 cups, packed) dark brown (muscovado) sugar
170g (3/4 cup, 1 1/2 sticks)) butter, room temperature

1 egg, lightly beaten together with 1 tsp water for wash


In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together flour, yeast, sugar and salt, then rub in butter with your fingertips until it has the texture of soft breadcrumbs.

In a small bowl, whisk the milk, mashed potato and eggs together and add to the dry mixture, stirring to combine.

Either fit the mixer with a dough hook or turn dough out onto a clean work surface and knead until soft and elastic.

Transfer dough to a large buttered bowl, cover tightly with plastic wrap and allow to rise until doubled in size, about an hour, up to two, depending on ambient temperature.

Filling and baking

Put the flour, brown sugar and butter in a medium bowl and mix with a fork until it looks like wet sand.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and roll it out to a rectangle about 30 x 50cm (12 x 20β€³).

Sprinkle the dough evenly with the filling.

Roll the dough from the long edge into a tight log, seam-side down, then cut crosswise into 16 equal pieces.

Arrange the rolls cut-side-up on the baking sheet, leaving about 2cm (about 1”) between them.

Cover rolls loosely with plastic wrap and allow to rise for about one hour, or until puffed and jostling for space in the pan.

Preheat the oven to 180Β°C (360Β°F).

Brush rolls with egg wash and bake in centre of oven for about 30 minutes, until deep golden brown.

Remove rolls to a wire rack to cool.

This entry was posted in cake, dessert, muffin, potato, snack, sweet. Bookmark the permalink.

12 Responses to Brown sugar yeast scrolls

  1. MamaD1xx4xy says:

    I will have to try adding mashed potato sometime. These look great.

    • pizzarossa says:

      Thanks Gretchen! I think it’s a quite magical ingredient is yeast dough, I just wish I knew why! I wonder if potato starch would do a similar job. That might have to be my next experiment, seeing as I always boil and mash potatoes especially for baking. πŸ™‚

  2. Emma says:

    I had to do a double take when I read mashed potato, I never knew this trick I shall definitely have to give it a go some time. By the way these rolls look absolutely lovely πŸ˜€

  3. huntfortheverybest says:

    i’d love one of these for breakfast!

  4. what an awesome idea.. love the concept of using mashed potato – definitely a recipe i will be trying, if only i will be able to overcome my yeast proving phobia!

  5. Gemma says:

    These rolls look so nice and yummy! Love that you replaced the white sugar for dark brown sugar, it really gives a more caramelized/toasted/molasses flavor. πŸ™‚
    ..and I bet the whole house smells amazing when you bake these!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.