I have to say that these recipe challenges keep getting harder and harder but oddly, more rewarding. I was legitimately stumped when I saw the ingredients for this one. I mean, coffee beans, peppercorns and elderberry jam. What the eff could I make with all of those things? Well, as it turns out, those three things are perfect for these elderberry dirty chai sweet rolls.
I’ve been a pretty big fan of chai for the last 6 months or so. One sip of this chai hot chocolate and I was hooked. Something about that combination of spices just gets me every time. So. Freakin’. Good. In fact, let’s have a moment of silence for the person who decided to combine ginger, cardamom, star anise, cinnamon, peppercorn and nutmeg…
And, now that that’s over, let’s get back to the dirty chai sweet rolls.
Since my initial exposure to chai, I’ve bought a couple chai spiced treats but I never attempted to make one myself. Until these dirty chai sweet rolls.
What’s dirty chai you ask? Well, it’s basically adding espresso or in this case, strongly brewed coffee, to your regular chai spice blend. It’s usually done with things like chai lattes but I decided to give it a go with these sweet rolls and I’m so glad I did.
No Yeast Elderberry Dirty Chai Sweet Rolls
First things first, let’s talk about the lack of yeast in these. I’ve never baked with yeast before. I have no idea why but I usually go out of my way to avoid it. And these dirty chai sweet rolls are no exception. The lack of yeast means these sweet rolls can be ready in wayyy less time. But the downside is the dough doesn’t keep its shape as well. Which is why I made these in muffin tins vs a regular baking dish.
They may not be the prettiest but they’re so damn good.
When paired with the elderberry jam, which is already epic AF on its own, these dirty chai sweet rolls are a little spicy, thanks to the chai and not overly sweet since most of the sugar comes from the jam. These will seriously be perfect for your next high tea with the queen or ya know, a cup of coffee or some chai hot chocolate while you binge watch Supernatural.
If you’re a fan of these dirty chai sweet rolls, I’d love it if you could head over to Progressive Nectar when voting opens on Monday and vote for me. If my photo gets the most likes I win a prize & you have a chance to win too.
Here’s how to vote:
- Go to IG and follow @progressive_nectar & @normsfarms
- Find my photo of these rolls, like and comment on it
- If I win the recipe competition Progressive Nectar will randomly pick one of the commenters on my post & reward them with a prize too
Oh, and if you make these dirty chai sweet rolls, I’d love to hear what you think. Leave a comment and rate the recipe or take a pic and tag me @ExSloth on Instagram!
- 1½ cups light spelt flour, plus more for rolling
- 1 12 tsp baking powder
- a pinch of salt
- 1 tsp chai spice*
- 1 tbsp coconut sugar
- ½ cup almond milk
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- ¼ cup strongly brewed coffee
- ½ cup elderberry jam
- Preheat oven to 375F, spray a muffin tin with cooking spray and set aside
- In a small bowl, combine almond milk and ACV and set aside
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and chai
- Add the coffee to the milk mixture then stir into the dry ingredients until a soft dough is formed
- Transfer the dough to a floured surface and roll out into a rectangle
- Spread the jam evenly around the dough and roll into a long log. This will get messy and the jam will leak out
- Slice the log into 6 - 7 pieces and transfer to the prepared muffin tin
- Top sweet rolls with any leftover jam that leaked out while rolling
- Bake for 14 - 16 minutes or until the rolls start to turn golden brown. Do not over bake
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What about you?
- Have you ever had elderberry before? Or dirty chai anything?
- Do you bake with yeast or do you avoid it like I do?