Cranberry Pecan Rolls

Published on
September 22, 2023
I LOVE Iggy's cranberry pecan rolls. They are hearty, dense, and chock full of cranberries and pecans. My culinary director set to work to re-created their recipe. These are amazing rolls for special occasions, and the holidays. And worth ALL the effort.
Cranberry pecan rolls in a pan with a side of butter.
Prep Time:
45 Minutes
Cook Time:
25 Minutes
Difficulty Level:

1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons whole milk, divided

1/2 cup water

1/3 + 4 1/2 cups bread flour, divided

1 1/4 teaspoon instant yeast

1 cup sour cream, room temperature

1/4 cup granulated sugar

7 teaspoons Pacific Coast Flake Salt, divided

3 eggs, room temperature, divided

8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, divided

1/2 cup pecan meal, toasted - see Cook's Note

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup dried cranberries

3/4 cup pecan pieces, toasted


1. In a heavy saucepan combine 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup of water and 1/3 cup of bread flour. Whisk to combine. Then switch to a wooden spoon. Cook over medium heat until mixture is a very thick paste (much like the consistency of mashed potatoes), about 8-10 minutes. Transfer to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook.

2. In a glass measuring cup add the remaining 2 tablespoons of milk and heat to 80ºF. Stir in the yeast Let sit until bubbling and foamy, about 5 minutes.

3. To the bowl with the cooked flour paste, add the yeast mixture, sour cream, sugar, 4 teaspoons Pacific Sea Salt, 2 eggs, 4 tablespoons butter, pecan meal, whole wheat flour, and 4 cups of bread flour. Turn mixer to low and knead until mixture just comes together. Add in the cranberries and pecan pieces. Knead on low for 5 to 10 minutes. If the dough is sticky add in the remaining 1/2 cup bread flour.

4. Dust the dough, top and bottom with additional flour and transfer to a clean bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm place until the dough doubles in size, about 60 - 90 minutes.

5. Meanwhile, grease a 9x13 inch baking pan with the remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Set aside.

6. Divide the dough into 2 ounce balls. You should have 20-24. Gather the dough in your hand, pinch the corners together to an oval. Place the dough seam side down on a un-floured surface. Using the outer edge of your palm move in a circular motion to create a tight ball of dough. Place into prepared pan. Repeat with remaining dough. Arrange so the dough just touches. Cover with plastic wrap and let set in a warm place to rise, about 1 hour.

7. Preheat oven to 375ºF.

8. To make egg wash, whisk the egg until no streaks of yolk are visible. Brush each roll with egg wash and season with 3 teaspoons Pacific Sea Salt. Bake uncovered for 20 - 25 minutes or until golden brown. Internal temperature will be 200ºF.

9. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons butter and brush the rolls immediately when removed from the oven. Let cool 5-8 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

To make your own pecan meal- add 1/2 cup toasted (and cooled) pecans in a food processor. Pulse 8-12 times or until you have flour like consistency. Be careful not to overprocess.

2% milk will work in this recipe. Do not substitute 1% or skim milk. Low fat sour cream has not been tested.

A metal baking pan produces the best bread.

Recipe Tip:
To make ahead - stop after step 6. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Allow for extra rise time of 1-2 hours.
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