Fairtrade walnut and blueberry cinnamon rolls

Most of my family lives in the US and I have spent quite a few happy vacations there. I have many amazing US-based food memories, but one of my most wholesome ones is tightly linked to the smell of freshly baked cinnamon rolls.

best 2I don’t really know why they are not so popular here in the UK…but they should be! there is nothing like waking up to the sweet and spicy smell of cinnamon… I guess a bit like the feeling that us Brits get from the incredible aroma of a toasted Hot Cross Bun come Easter time.

This recipe, aside from containing Fairtrade Cinnamon, also includes Fairtrade Walnuts and Blueberries, which I don’t think are ‘conventional’ components of a cinnamon roll, but they work really well and add a crunchy and summery dimension to them.

If you are wondering where to buy your Fairtrade ingredients you can buy your Fairtrade Cinnamon from Just Ingredients who have a great range of Organic and Fairtrade herbs and spices and deliver straight to your door and I buy lots of my baking ingredients like sugar, walnuts, chocolates (and even toys, clothes and cleaning products!) from Traidcraft’s online shop. Traidcraft is amazing. It’s like the Amazon of the Fairtrade retailers in the UK. They have a really huge range and you can buy online, by catalogue, in some Oxfam shops or if you are lucky like me, through volunteers activists or church groups near you.

Give them a go. They are a great addition to anyone’s baking bag of tricks!

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Fairtrade walnut and blueberry cinnamon rolls
Recipe Type: Baking
Cuisine: American,
Author: Fairtradeliving
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Serves: 15-20 small ones
All-American cinnamon rolls with the addition of walnuts and blueberries for a crunchy and summery twist.
  • 7 gr of yeast
  • 5 tablespoons of Fairtrade caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 150 ml of warm water
  • 400 gr of plain flour
  • 1 free-range egg
  • 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon of ground Fairtrade cinnamon
  • 100 gr of chopped Fairtrade walnuts
  • 75 gr of blueberries
  • 4 tablespoons of Demerara sugar
  • Icing:
  • 1/2 cup of Fairtrade Icing Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of Vanilla Essence
  • 1-2 tablespoons of warm water
  1. Dissolve the yeast, caster sugar and salt in the warm water
  2. Add half of the four and mix well
  3. Add the egg and oil and then the rest of the flour
  4. Knead until smooth and elastic (at least 5 minutes)
  5. Leave in an oiled bowl in a warm place for an hour
  6. Pre-heat your oven to 180C
  7. In a small bowl mix the cinnamon and Demerara sugar and prepare your walnuts and blueberries
  8. Roll your dough in the shape of a rectangle of about 0.5 cm height and sprinkle the sugar, nuts and blueberries all over it
  9. Roll tightly and cut, placing the cut out circles onto a pan covered with non-stick baking paper
  10. Leave to rise once more for at least 45 minutes
  11. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden
The icing is entirely optional. When I bake it for the kids I tend to leave it out… but it does add an extra dimension that is worth including once in a while!