Fig rolls

April 8, 2011  •  Category:


Saw a tempting brioche recipe in Nadji’sSaveurs et Gourmandises(I call her the Queen of brioches and desserts of all stripes); anyway, the recipe appealed to me  because it used fresh mandarin  juice in the batter.

I added some orange rind and orange blossom water to the batter and stuffed the brioche with fig jam Lebanese-style (made with dried figs and sesame).

For a traditional fig jam recipe with walnuts, sesame seeds and anise, click here.

The rolls are very soft and fluffy.

INGREDIENTS: Makes 12 rolls

  • All-purpose flour (500 g. or 1 pound and 5 tablespoons)
  • 1 large egg (+1 egg yolk to brush on the rolls)
  • 3 mandarin, orange, clementine, juiced (130 ml or 2/3 cup)
  • 2/3 cup of warm water (130 ml)
  • Rind of one orange
  • Orange blossom water (1/4 cup or as needed)
  • Dry milk powder (80 g. or 2.8 ounces)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon of dry yeast (9 g.)
  • Sugar (50 g. or 2.5oz.)
  • Butter (50 g. or 4 tablespoons), softened at room temperature
  • Salt (1 teaspoon)
  • Fig jam (1 cup or 180 g.)
  • Sesame seeds (1/4 cup or 30 g.)


  1. Place the flour, salt, sugar and dry milk powder in the bowl of a food processor; mix for a few seconds till combined well.
  2. Proof the yeast in a small bowl with the warm water and a pinch of sugar. Let it proof for a few minutes; meanwhile, juice the orange or the mandarin and fill a measuring jug with the collected juice; add some orange blossom water and some water to make 2/3 cup.
  3. Pour the proofed yeast and the citrus juice in the feed tube and run the machine; pour the egg into the batter and the butter in small chunks. The dough will be sticky. Transfer the dough to a greased bowl and keep in a warm place until it doubles in size, overnight if you like.
  4. When the dough has risen, punch it down to deflate the little gas bubbles and knead it briefly, adding a dash of flour or cornstarch to keep it from being too sticky. Divide the dough into equal-sized balls (80 g. or 2.8 ounces). Take each ball and flatten it into a small rectangle; place a good tablespoon of fig jam onto the dough. Pinch it to enclose the jam and roll it into a long sausage. Coil it onto itself and place it on a paper or silpat-lined baking sheet. Brush with an egg yolk and sprinkle with some toasted sesame seeds.
  5. Bake in a 375F oven for about 15 minutes or until the rolls are golden and dry  and firm. Serve.


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  1. hanaa says:

    I can almost taste them. What a great combo. I bet these would taste great with a date filling too.

  2. Katie@Cozydelicious says:

    These rolls look fantastic – a bit sweet but not too sweet. And I’m always looking for ways to use up this bottle of orange flower water that is lurking in my kitchen!

  3. Christine @ Fresh says:

    Oh boy do these rolls look comforting! I can imagine biting into these soft pastries and tasting that sweet fig jam. I like that you added orange blossom water, it must add a nice touch of essence.

  4. Belinda @zomppa says:

    Those are gorgeous! With orange blossom water? Whoa!

  5. Ellie (Almost Bourdain) says:

    These fig rolls are beautiful! Book marked and must try soon.

  6. Chiara says:

    Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe Joumana, I love orange , mandarin, clementine, what a great combo!!! have a lovely weekend…

  7. Rosa says:

    THose must be divine!



  8. Miriam says:

    OMG, the fig filling must be delicious. And I love orange blossom water in doughs, like in the Spanish roscón de Reyes.

  9. meriem says:

    Tes brioches sont très belles et garnis de figues, ça doit être excellent!

  10. deana says:

    Joumana these have all my favorite things in them… how can they not be glorious. Genius to add orange flower water… I can imagine it does spectacular things to figs.

  11. Priya says:

    Gorgeous fig rolls,sooooooo inviting..

  12. Victor says:

    Love the idea of using fig jams in rolls. Looks divine!

  13. Cherine says:

    Jumana, I’m drooling!!! I love those rolls with the date stuffing!!!

  14. domi says:

    Bonjour Joumana, me faire rouler par une telle gourmandise n’est pas pour me déplaire. Bisous et passe une belle fin de semaine

  15. Magic of Spice says:

    Nadji is definitely “Queen of brioches”…love the touch of orange,these are wonderful!

  16. Jelena says:

    thank you for stopping by. I often discover such great treasures on the net just by chance. I had a friend who lived in Beirut for 2 years a long time ago.
    I am from Serbia, Belgrade the capital city, but the recipes from Croatia and Serbia are very similar especially the sweets. There are some fabulous blogs from Croatia and Serbia on my blog roll that are in English
    and many more

    looking forward to discovering your cuisine

  17. Pamela says:

    Absolutely delicious, I have to make these rolls, thanks for a wonderful recipe!!

  18. Joyti says:

    Hmm, those flavors sound SO delicious. And your take on the fig rolls looks delicious.

  19. pierre says:

    j’essaierai bien avec du jus de yuzu !!pierre

  20. Barbara says:

    Nadji’s blog is a delight, I agree.
    These rolls are lovely, Joumana. I must confess I am not overly fond of figs, but imagine I could substitute another jam…it’s the rolls that are divine. Such a lovely crumb!

  21. Ivy says:

    I am sure these tasted wonderful. I love figs so much and last week I bought some dried Kalamata figs which are wonderful. I can’t wait for August to get some fresh figs to make some jam, so I will have this recipe in mind.

  22. Maria @ Scandifoodie says:

    This sounds so mouth-watering, I love figs in any form and I’m sure they are just perfect in these beautiful rolls.

  23. bergamot says:

    These look delicious

  24. JourneyKitchen says:

    Ah! This looks amazing. Oh Joumana you always make me hungry. I love figs so this is right up my alley

  25. Nadji says:

    Joumana mon amie, heureuse que tu aies apprécié cette version de brioche.
    Je note ta version qui me plait beaucoup.
    Bon dimanche et à très bientôt.

  26. Foodycat says:

    These look stunning Joumana!

  27. Peter says:

    You’ve got all the good things I like in these roll and the dough looks fab!

  28. Banana Wonder says:

    mmmm mmmm love the idea of the mandarin juice AND the orange blossom water. these look amazing! i need to try making them when fasting is over.

  29. D. Ramadan says:

    I made these yesterday (with a slight change, dates instead of figs) because my neighbor said she wanted to come over for a “cup of coffee,” since I live in Ramallah this happens often and I always like to make something that goes well coffee or tea and this was PERFECT! Thank you so very much.

  30. Eve@CheapEthnicEatz says:

    Wow a citrus juice in the dough? That is unusual. And a fig filling is perfect!!!! They look amazing!

  31. Su-Lin says:

    This looks insanely good! I love the combination of fig and orange as one of my best friends used to bring us this exact jam from Croatia. I bet it’s lovely all wrapped up in brioche!

  32. Nuts about food says:

    These look amazing, so professional!

  33. Lentil Breakdown says:

    Wow, I got a little overzealous at the 99¢ Store when I found Turkish figs and now I have 5 packs to use up! These look marvelous!

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