Nectarine Cinnamon Rolls #TwelveLoaves


I grew up in a small, central Iowa college town…a safe, drama-free community smack dab in the cornfields of the Midwest. Well, no major drama until my dad decided to move us to Canada for a year. Harumph…not the news a high school junior wanted to hear. But we packed up the house and trekked halfway across the continent to the west coast of British Columbia where my dad took a year long sabbatical at UBC. Vancouver seemed to have some perks…shopping, mountains, beaches, ski slopes, cute boys…it wasn’t so bad after all. Now what does this have to do with Nectarine Cinnamon Rolls? Read on…

We lived quite close to the campus…and my sister and I would jog along the forested paths on the university property. And I’d gather at the UBC library with friends to study for our biology tests. But no one ever told me about the famous UBC cinnamon buns…till many years later. I found a clipping from the paper back in Iowa entitled: UBC Buns: at last, the secret’s out. I’d been meaning to try this recipe for years, and I finally took the yellowed article home with me after our last visit.

The concept was good, but the recipe fell short. The buns were a little on the dry side…and a bit flat on flavor. More salt, more cinnamon…and definitely frosting would have improved these. So back to the recipe box. This time I added diced nectarines to our favorite Cook’s Country Cinnamon Rolls. Well….to half the batch…you loyal readers know my family. The dough was buttery and pliant. Filled with brown sugar, cinnamon and fruit….they puffed up to perfection. The brown sugar caramelized…and the scent of cinnamon filled the kitchen. These Nectarine Cinnamon Rolls were soft and tender…and those with the nectarine pieces were even gooier…insanely good. Hooray, I had an entry for our baking party this month. And a winner at that.

#TwelveLoaves July theme: Stone Fruit hosted by Paula from Vintage Kitchen Notes and Renee from Magnolia Days. Summer is when we get to enjoy an abundance of fresh stone fruits at our markets. Let’s create some breads with their juicy deliciousness! Share your favorite stone fruit bread recipe(yeast or quick bread). Let’s get baking!

Want to join the #TwelveLoaves group? It’s easy!

1. When you post your Twelve Loaves bread on your blog, make sure that you mention the Twelve Loaves challenge in your blog post; this helps us to get more members as well as share everyone’s posts. Please make sure that your bread is inspired by the theme!

2. Please link your post to the linky tool at the bottom of my blog. It must be a bread baked to the Twelve Loaves theme.

3. Have your Twelve Loaves bread that you baked this July, 2013, and posted on your blog by July 31, 2013.

#TwelveLoaves is a monthly bread baking party created by Lora from Cake Duchess.

Nectarine Cinnamon Rolls

Adapted from Cook's Country


    • 3/4 cup warm whole milk (about 110º)
    • 1 packet (2 1/4 teaspoons rapid rise or instant yeast)
    • 3 eggs (at room temperature)
    • 4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup cornstarch
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
    • 12 tablespoons 1 1/2 sticks butter, at room temp, cut into 12 pieces


    • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
    • A pinch of salt
    • 4 tablespoons butter (at room temperature)
    • 1 cup diced nectarines or peaches (patted dry)
    • Glaze:
    • 2 tablespoons butter (melted)
    • 2 cups powdered sugar
    • 3 tablespoons milk
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
    1. Line a 13×9 inch baking pan with nonstick foil (or spray regular foil with non-stick spray).
    2. Combine the warm milk and yeast in glass measuring cup and whisk until the yeast dissolves. Mix in the eggs. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the flour, cornstarch, sugar and salt. Mix briefly to combine. With the mixer on low, slowly add the warm milk mixture and mix till the dough comes together, about a minute. Increase the speed to medium and add the butter, one piece at a time, till incorporated. Switch to dough hook knead for about 10 minutes. Place the dough in a greased bowl. Cover with plastic and let rest till doubled in size in a warm location, about 2 hours.
    3. Mix the brown sugar, cinnamon and salt together in a small bowl. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into an 18 inch square. Spread with the softened butter. Sprinkle the filling evenly over the dough and then sprinkle the fruit over the brown sugar. Roll the dough up starting with the edge closest to you, and pinch the edge to seal. Cut a bit off the two ends and discard, then cut the remaining cylinder into 12 even pieces. Arrange slices in pan, then cover with plastic wrap and let rise in warm spot until doubled, about an hour.
    4. Preheat oven to 350 º. Bake the rolls for 35-40 minutes, till they are light brown.
    5. Make glaze by whisking all ingredients together. Put into quart ziploc bag, snip corner and drizzle over cooled rollls.
    6. Yield: 12 rolls

    Yield: 12 buns

      Total time: 4 hours



        1. I love this style sticky bun, anything fruit filled with cinnamon has got to be a winner.

        2. I love nectarines, these rolls look fabulous!

        3. I love the idea of adding fruit to cinnamon rolls – I think it would take the taste quotient way up!

          And I didn’t know before about your year in Canada. High school is a really tough time to move, but I hope you enjoyed your time here. (Just out of curiosity – the University of Iowa is so well-known for its writing program. Was your dad affiliated with that?)

        4. Cinnamon rolls are my biggest weakness. If I smell fresh ones I am done. Yours look amazing. I wish I was in your kitchen when they came out of the oven.

        5. Helene D'souza says:

          Brilliant flavor choice, I am a big fan of nectarines and I have never seen a nectarine cinnamon roll before. I want now!!

        6. Wow, I wish I could have had a piece of your incredible delicious peach cinnamon roll; didn’t realize Lora is still involved with the #twelve loaves. Will have to check hers out now! I talked to her yesterday…they’ll be coming home next week! xoxo

        7. I have a real weakness for cinnamon rolls. I’ve yet to add fruit to mine however after seeing yours with the nectarines it is inspiring me to change it up and add some fresh fruit to my next batch.

        8. Ooh I love the sound of these cinnamon rolls with nectarines! The peachy nectarine flavors sound amazing – especially with the oozy filling 🙂

        9. You remind me of myself being dragged from south america to CA during my sophmore year…not what I wanted at all! But it´s true I discovered so many food stuff those two years. Interesting how I remember them to this day. Girl, I think you should need to get yourself some foodie neighbours to share `strange´ flavors, like nectarines…jaja
          Absolutely gorgeous rolls Liz!

        10. Lizzy,
          I love nectarines! I’m pinning this for later.

        11. Congratulations!! I am joining Twelve Loaves group, thanks for the information.
          This pull apart bun looks so nice, it would be perfect for picnic.
          The move would have been hard especially moving to big city. Oh, what I would give to stay in a small town.

        12. I hate when you have kitchen fails. I’ve had more than my fair share. In fact I caught my oven on fire for the first time a few weeks ago when I overfilled a quick bread batter to a too small pan. Batter on the oven heating element=fire. Good to know. Yikes. I’m glad your disaster wasn’t like mine, but this batch looks fabulous. I would have to do 1/2 cinnamon too. Sometimes my boys aren’t willing to branch out that much 🙂 Krista @ A Handful of Everything

        13. Liz!
          omg, these cinnamon rolls look fabulous! I love the addition of the diced nectarines . . and aren’t you glad you finally tried that recipe?! b/c it brought you to baking these! yummmm!

        14. Lora @cakeduchess says:

          I bet you weren’t so excited to move in the middle of HS but it sounds like it ended up not so bad:) Gorgeous rolls…oh, how I’d love one now. This inspires me to bake cinnamon rolls as soon as I get home with some ripe nectarines:)Thank you for being a part of our group, Lizzy! xx

        15. All I can add is “YESssssssssssssssss, BAaaaaaaaaaaby! “””

        16. These are the kind of goodies that I miss now. Love the addition of the fruit for a little moisture. Moving at that age must have been hard but we are resilient when young.

        17. Peach cinnamon roll? Yes please!!! It looks so good and I bet it tastes even better. Looks fabulous!

        18. Nectarine cinnamon rolls… Wow… now I’m dying to try them. I love nectarines and I bet it gives a nice flavor to the rolls. 🙂 Have a wonderful 4th of July holiday if I don’t pop over here before then . 🙂

        19. What a sweet way to use nectarines! Did you save me one? Have a blast on the 4th, Liz!

        20. Vancouver is such a refined city…and apparently a great resource for cinnamon rolls.

          Your adjusted recipe gives me much hope that I can replicate the lovelies pictured in your post =)

        21. I love cinnamon rolls. I love nectarines and peaches.

          Thank you.

        22. I think cinnamon rolls are among the best reasons to bake yeast rolls and your version with nectarines sound wonderful! I think I could eat your icing by the spoonful!

        23. Great memories. I hear Vancouver is wonderful. And these cinnamon rolls look great. I’ve never seen so much cornstarch in a dough. I bet they are very tender.

        24. I never knew about your being in Canada for a year! Other side of the continent from me so I never hear of their rolls. Yours do look amazing and nectarines are a favorite fruit.

        25. Cinnamon rolls are my favorite and peaches are quickly becoming one of my most favorite fruits! I’ll never turn down a peach as long as I don’t have to eat the furry skin. (EEK!) These are going to be made and eaten at my house. You are such a talented baker! Beautiful work!

        26. Okay. I pinned them in Sweet Things but, now, after reading the recipe more thoroughly, I am pinning again in Recipes to Try. These look fabulous, Liz!

        27. I can’t even imagine how difficult it was moving during high school. Teenagers can be so mean! I hope everyone was friendly to you and I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed your time here. Too bad the UBC recipe didn’t live up to the memory but it looks like you created something even better. I love the nectarines in there and WOW that frosting looks incredible! Next time you’re in Vancouver, let me know!

        28. It’s such a bummer the first recipe didn’t turn out like you thought but these look like they more than made up for it! Peaches in cinnamon rolls sounds super yummy!

        29. I love a fruit filled cinnamon roll, I need to try these – they look perfect!

        30. Awww what a wonderful story, Lizzy. Sounds like it was a great for you and your family 🙂

          Mmmmm…nothing like a cinnamon roll and coffee in the morning. You can set aside a nectarine roll for me…that is a fabulous idea to add fruit to cinnamon buns. I cannot imagine how delicious it is.

          Oh sounds like a fun link up too! I know Mom would love to do it!


        31. Delicious and easy. We love rolls, but in Hungary, somehow, we call them “Snails”. Great receipe, just adapted to my blog 🙂 Thanks for the idea.

        32. Sorry to hear these didn’t turn out they way you hoped. They do look lovely. I used nectarine in this month’s theme too.

        33. These are AWESOME !!
          I’ve never tasted fruit rolls (funny as it sounds), and I’m drooling here


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