Lemon Raspberry Sweet Rolls

Lemon Raspberry Sweet Rolls - Tender sweet roll dough filled with a lemon raspberry filling and topped with a sweet lemon glaze, these lemon raspberry sweet rolls make a fantastic special breakfast!

I’ve been a bit obsessed with lemon lately.  Maybe because it’s February and I always start longing for spring about this time.  Maybe because it feels like spring this year even though it’s only February.  It’s actually kind of annoying.

I hate to say that, because really, when it’s cold we whine about how cold it is here – and this year it’s been SO warm, and we’re whining about that.  Well, my kids are I are.

It’s a little irritating though.  I kind of like winter.  Not when it’s 35 below and you can’t even go outside, but most of the time it’s not that cold and winter stuff is fun.  My kids are finally all old enough that we can get out and do all that fun stuff without worrying about what to do with the baby and who needs a nap and is too tired to stay up past 7.  All the kids are skating on their own, we don’t have to break our backs helping someone.  They can drag their own sleds up the hill.  They can all put on all their own snow stuff – it’s not a half hour process to get out the door.

Lemon Raspberry Sweet Rolls - Tender sweet roll dough filled with a lemon raspberry filling and topped with a sweet lemon glaze, these lemon raspberry sweet rolls make a fantastic special breakfast!

And there’s no snow.  Or not enough to actually GO sledding.  And I’m scared to let the kids out on the ice to skate because it’s been so warm that I’m envisioning them falling right through in a thin spot.  It’s February.  We should be outside.  But the irritating thing about living in a wintery location is that when winter is really warm and snow-free, there’s not a whole lot to DO outside.  It’s just kind of mucky and brown and blah.  So we’re actually inside more right now then we typically are in the winter.

Oh well.  Spring!  We’ll just pretend it’s already spring and start hoping for the flowers that won’t appear for another couple of months.

And eat all the lemon things because they scream spring.

These lemon raspberry sweet rolls definitely scream spring to me.  So if you’re longing for spring already, you should whip these up for a special weekend brunch.  Even if you’re not (or you live somewhere where it’s always warm!) you should make these because they are incredible.  Tender sweet roll dough filled with a lemon raspberry filling and topped with a sweet lemon glaze.  Fantastic.

I may have even enjoyed them more then these chocolate orange sweet rolls that were one of the best things I ever made.  Decadent, yes.  Amazing and necessary and perfect for Valentine’s Day?  Yes.

Lemon Raspberry Sweet Rolls - Tender sweet roll dough filled with a lemon raspberry filling and topped with a sweet lemon glaze, these lemon raspberry sweet rolls make a fantastic special breakfast!

Lemon Raspberry Sweet Rolls
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Yield: 12 sweet rolls
 
Note: The prep time is hands on time and does not include the rising times. There are several options with the rising and baking of these. You can shape the rolls and then refrigerate for up to two days, pulling them out 3-4 hours before baking to allow them to rise. Or you can let them rise immediately after shaping and then refrigerate for up to 2 days, pulling them out and allowing them to come to room temperature, 30-60 minutes, before baking. Or you can let them rise immediately after shaping and then bake right away. The total time listed does not include the rising periods. Also, I used Meyer lemons, but these would be fantastic with regular lemons as well!
Ingredients
  • For the dough:
  • 5½ tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, slightly beaten
  • 3½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1⅛ to 1¼ cups buttermilk
  • For the filling:
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (juice of one lemon)
  • zest from 2 lemons, divided (reserve ½ teaspoon for the glaze)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups raspberries (I used frozen)
  • For the glaze:
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (juice of one lemon)
  • ½ teaspoon reserved lemon zest
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
Directions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream together the butter, salt, and sugar. Add the egg and mix until smooth. Switch to the dough hook on a stand mixer (or a wooden spoon if mixing by hand), and add the flour, yeast and 1⅛ cups of the buttermilk. Mix on low speed until the dough comes together into a ball and clears the sides of the bowl.
  2. Knead for 10-12 minutes (12-15 if kneading by hand) until the dough is smooth and silky, a bit tacky but not sticky at all. If it’s very sticky, add a bit more flour, a tablespoon at a time, if it’s very dry and not coming together add a bit more buttermilk, a tablespoon at a time. Move the dough to a large, lightly oiled bowl and cover it with plastic wrap. Allow it to rise for about 2 hours until it doubles in size.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the butter, lemon juice, lemon zest and granulated sugar for the filling and set aside. Punch down the risen dough and turn it out onto a lightly oiled counter. Roll it out to about ½ inch thick rectangle, about 12 by 14 inches. With a rubber spatula, spread the filling over the dough, leaving ¼ inch space around the edges. Sprinkle the raspberries evenly over the filling. Starting from one long side, roll the dough up into a log, keeping it even as you roll. Pinch the seam closed with your fingers and lay the log seam side down on the counter. Using a serrated knife, slice the log into 12 even pieces.
  4. Place the rolls, cut side down, in a 9x13 inch pan and cover the pan tightly with plastic wrap.
  5. At this point, you can either refrigerate the rolls for up to 2 days, pulling them out 3-4 hours before baking to let them proof, or let them proof (rise) at room temperature immediately for about 90 minutes, or until the the buns have doubled in size. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, with a rack in the middle of the oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until they are golden brown.
  6. While the buns are baking, make the icing. With an electric mixer, whip the cream cheese, lemon juice and lemon zest until smooth and creamy. Add the powdered sugar and whip again until smooth. Set aside, covered tightly with plastic wrap.
  7. When the sweet rolls are finished baking, allow to cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes, then spread the lemon cream cheese icing over top of the warm rolls. Serve warm. Keep any leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator, they reheat well in the microwave.
Notes
Source: Adapted from my Chocolate Orange Sweet Rolls, lemon cream cheese icing from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.

Lemon Raspberry Sweet Rolls - Tender sweet roll dough filled with a lemon raspberry filling and topped with a sweet lemon glaze, these lemon raspberry sweet rolls make a fantastic special breakfast!
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Comments

    • stacey says

      Yes you can. I would recommend adding 2 teaspoons of vinegar or lemon juice to the milk and letting it sit for about 5 minutes before using it. This will sour the milk and give a good substitute for buttermilk. In fact, more often then not, that’s what I use as I rarely have buttermilk on hand!

  1. says

    I am definitely craving spring and all things citrus right now! I think it’s because it has been so unseasonably warm…I have a taste of spring and now I want more 😉 And clearly I want one of these sweet rolls too! They look amazing!

  2. says

    I’m loving all of the lemon treats too, because I’m wishing for warmer weather! We don’t have a lot of snow here either, but it is COLD! I think these sweet rolls would take me back to summer days. Love the raspberry and lemon combo, Stacey! Sounds perfect for breakfast or dessert!

    • stacey says

      Actually it’s funny, after writing this I woke up yesterday morning to 3 inches of snow and it’s still snowing – my kids are thrilled – and it’s much prettier now! :) Thanks Gayle!

  3. says

    Dear Stacey, these sweet rolls looks beautiful with the raspberry. I’ve been craving sweet rolls for a while…I wish I could reach in and grab one! xo, Catherine

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