Baklava Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls & sourdough surprises

Can you tell that I like challenges?  This is my second challenge recipe this week, but this one does not include alcohol.  These are my Baklava Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls for the Sourdough Surprises Challenge!  These are not an exact representation of Baklava, there is no phyllo dough…..just to make that clear.  When I started planning my Greek inspired Cooking with Astrology meal, baklava came to mind for a dessert.  Have you ever made baklava before?  It takes hours, and I can never get my lines exactly straight!  Then I started thinking about how similar the tastes are in baklava and cinnamon rolls…..Done!

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Same layers of pecans, cinnamon and sugar.  In fact, it is even the same syrup that I use on my baklava during the holidays.  You may have noticed that I said pecans and not walnuts.  That is a family preference around here, the kids don’t like walnuts.  Feel free to substitute walnuts for the pecans, I won’t mind a bit 🙂

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In case you are wondering, no, these do not taste like sourdough at all!  They also do not taste like traditional baklava either, they are soft and squishy, not crispy 🙂  I used my oval baking pan again for photographic effect.  I would normally use a standard 13 X 9 pan so they would have more room to spread, but they are delicious either way!

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I know that I promised to make cinnamon rolls from scratch, but this was not the week for that to happen……I am sorry!  Next time I will make them completely from scratch, for the very first time ever!

Make sure you check out all of the other awesome Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls that are linked up after the recipe!  Thank you Sourdough Surprises for this fun challenge 🙂  Enjoy!

*If you would like to purchase sourdough starter, I buy mine from King Arthur Flour*

Baklava Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls

Serves 12
Prep time 1 hour, 50 minutes
Cook time 25 minutes
Total time 2 hours, 15 minutes
Meal type Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
All of the traditional baklava flavors, baked into Baklava Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls. This recipe is part of the Sourdough Surprises Challenge.


  • For the Dough
  • 1 cup sourdough starter (fed)
  • 3/4 cups lukewarm milk (I used coconut milk (box))
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 Large organic egg (at room temperature)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/4 Cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • For the Filling
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter (softened)
  • 4 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 Cups finely chopped pecans (or walnuts)
  • For the Syrup
  • 3/4 cups pure orange juice
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice


For the Dough:
Baklava Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls Liquid
Add the sourdough starter, warm milk, butter, egg, salt, and sugar to the pan of a bread machine ( or follow the instructions for your particular machine).
Baklava Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls Flour
Add the flour and yeast. Place in bread machine and set for dough cycle. When the machine beeps, check the height of the dough "without opening the lid". If it has not risen, allow to continue to rise for an additional 30 minutes.
Baklava Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls Board
Place dough on a lightly floured work surface and knead a few time to release the air pockets and form into an oval ball. Allow to rest for 10 minutes.
Baklava Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls Roll Out
Roll the dough out into a 15 X 18 rectangle.
Baklava Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls Butter
Brush with butter.
Mix the sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl, and sprinkle over the butter. Sorry, photo was way too blurry.
Baklava Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls Pecans Sugar
Sprinkle chopped pecans over the dough.
Baklava Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls Log
Starting with the long end of the rectangle, roll the dough into a log.
Baklava Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls Cut
Cut (12) 1 1/2" slices from the cinnamon roll log.
Baklava Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls Pan
Place in a buttered/sprayed 9 X 13 baking pan.
Baklava Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls Rise
Cover and allow to rise for 45 - 60 minutes, or until doubled.
Baklava Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls Baked
Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20 - 25 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes or so while you make the orange syrup.
For the Orange Syrup:
Baklava Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls Syrup Pan
Pour orange juice, sugar, honey, and lemon juice into a small sauce pan.
Baklava Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls Syrup
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
Baklava Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls Pour Syrup
Pour the syrup over the cinnamon rolls in the pan. Allow to cool before serving, the syrup is extremely hot! I poured about half of the syrup on the cinnamon rolls, and saved the remaining syrup to pour over when they are served.

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  1. says

    Awesome job! I love that you used baklava flavors for the rolls, I bet they were divine and so delicious! Beautiful job and lovely photographs! 🙂 Thanks for baking with us again this month!

  2. says

    What a nice inspiration for the rolls! I like the idea of syrup instead of frosting. For a moment when I saw your title I thought you had tackled sourdough phyllo! Now there would be a project…

  3. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says

    Cinnamon Rolls are a favorite here – I love the baklava twist and the orange syrup sounds wonderful!

  4. says

    Oh my gosh, what a fun inspiration for your cinnamon buns – I bet they were outstanding! We use pecans instead of walnuts in our baklava, too, so these look perfect exactly as they are!!

  5. says

    These look amazing! I have made baklava. I used to work in a bakery while in my first years of college. I digress, I have never tried at home. But, would love to try your recipe. If you needed to substitute the coconut milk what would you suggest? I live in a smaller town we have nothing cool or ethnic in the stores. Except good wines, it’s wine country here, lol!

  6. says

    As you can probably tell, I’ve haven’t really been around the internet this summer. But I am seeing your fabulous treats all over! I love how you created these cinnamon rolls into such a sweet treat! You are just amazing, Lisa! Your pics look awesome! xo
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  7. says

    Hey Lisa! Ohmygosh I spotted your Baklava Rolls on Buns in my Oven just now and I had to drop everything to tell you I THINK THIS IDEA IS BRILLIANT! And I’m totally jealous that I didn’t think of it myself, lol. My hubs is a huge baklava lover and I would totally make this for him. Genius!
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    • Carmel says

      Thank you so much Lisa…will check it out Friday when I go to the market. If I can’t find it there, I’ll order it. Can’t wait to try these rolls!

  8. Carmel says

    I forgot to ask another question. What do you mean by “◾sourdough starter (fed)…what is “fed”? I ordered the starter from King Arthur, per your suggestion. Thanks!


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