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Lemon Rolls

Lemon rollsSoft and fluffy lemon rolls that have a dough like your favorite cinnamon rolls might just be one of the ways to get through those cold winter days where citrus brings the sunshine colors. Have you ever tried cinnamon rolls with a different filling friends?

Lemon roll recipe

Grabbing a lemon roll

The rise time on these rolls might be my favorite thing about them as they rise in the fridge meaning you can make the dough the night prior and roll the dough out for a 1 hour rise time in the morning before a quick bake and then getting to serve this whilst it’s still early or in time for brunch for a lazy day breakfast.

Why you’ll love this

Soft and fluffy rolls

The rolls are soft and fluffy like all great breakfast rolls should be!

Zesty lemon filling

To give the best lemon flavor we put a good strong lemon curd between those layers which lightly caramelizes on the edges.

Cream cheese frosting

The light frosting with a dash of lemon lemon juice carries the flavor and makes this feel like a treat.

Ingredients and substitutions for the best Lemon Rolls

  • Yeast: Yeast doesn’t just help give our cinnamon rolls that fluffy bread texture,
  • Milk: This helps give our rolls that nice soft crumb and the golden crust. You could substitute with water in equal measure if you prefer.
  • Bread flour: This one matters because bread flour has a higher protein which helps to produce the gluten content which we need to give our rolls that firm dough which is easier to shape. If you don’t have any on hand you can substitute all purpose or plain flour in equal measure, however, if you live in the UK…you will notice the difference in texture of your dough – it will feel incredibly soft in your hands and be a little harder to work with.
  • Sugar: Superfine or caster sugar in the dough helps to sweeten without flavoring the dough, you could substitute in equal measure with light brown sugar if you prefer. Light brown sugar helps give our filling that incredibly warm center of our rolls so do not recommend substituting with a superfine or caster sugar or a darker sugar which will affect the flavor of your buns. Icing or confectioner’s sugar in that frosting will help create a melt-in-your-mouth texture that you know and love with your cinnamon rolls.
  • Eggs: Adding moisture and binding the dough together, the eggs help with rising as they act as a leavening agent as well as giving our rolls that nice light crumb thanks to the fat from the yolks.
  • Butter: We add room temperature butter to our dough once the gluten has begun to form to help create a smooth and luscious dough that feels as fancy as picking up a cinnamon roll from your favorite bakery. You could substitute non dairy butter in equal measure, however, I have not tried this and do not recommend substituting in oil.
  • Cream cheese: Tangy room temperature cream cheese adds the perfect level of indulgence to round out these Cinnabon style rolls that are hard to put down!
  • Lemon curd: This is what gives our rolls their pack of lemon flavor, though it will be a little squishy to roll and cut, you want high quality lemon curd and for ease, store bought is easiest here.

Equipment needed to make this

Large mixing bowl: You’ll need a large mixing bowl to prepare the dough.

Stand or hand mixer: A stand mixer is best here due to the length of kneading time. Though a hand mixer will do the job if you use the lowest setting and work slowly so as not to overwork it. You can also make the dough by hand.

Offset spatula: One of these will help you spread your filling and frosting nice and evenly. A butter knife also works if you don’t have an offset spatula on hand.

Baking tin: A large baking tin or roasting tray works best to fit your dozen rolls.

Rolling pin: A rolling pin will help you achieve a nice consistent dough, however, you could substitute a wine bottle for similar results.

Bench scraper: This isn’t necessary, however, will make shaping the nice even edges of your dough to give you a perfect rectangle shape.

FAQ’s for the best Lemon Rolls

Do my lemon roll ingredients need to be room temperature?

Yes, the eggs and butter need to be room temperature so that they mix better with the dough and room temp butter will incorporate better into your dough to create that smooth texture. The cream cheese and butter will also incorporate best at room temperature ensuring your frosting is nice and smooth.

Can I make the dough by hand?

Yes you can, however, you will have to knead the dough to achieve the same results as a mixer for approximately 20 minutes and is best done without any additional flour on your work surface.

How much do the liquid ingredients weigh in grams?

The weight of milk is 207 grams. The large eggs weigh between 63-67 grams each or 2.22-2.36 ounces and the vanilla extract is 4 grams.

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Recipe by Roamingtaste
Serves 12

Ingredients:
Dough
7 grams / 2 1/4 teaspoons instant dry yeast
200 milliliters / 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons whole milk, lukewarm
560 grams / 4 cups bread flour
60 grams / 1/3 cup superfine/caster sugar
1 teaspoon lemon zest, finely chopped
2 large eggs
80 grams butter, cubed and room temperature
Filling
20 grams / 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, very soft
165 grams / 2/3 cup lemon curd
50 grams / 1/2 cup superfine/caster sugar
Frosting
100 grams / 3.5 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
15 grams / 1 tablespoon butter, room temperature
170 grams / 1 1/2 cups confectioner’s/icing sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Directions:
Place the yeast and milk in a bowl and allow to dissolve for 3 minutes.

 

Once bubbling, add the flour, sugar and lemon zest and beat on low until the mixture resembles a shaggy mixture.

Add one egg in and combine on low until fully combined, repeat with each egg until you have a dough formed.

On a low setting with your mixer, add in 1 cube of butter or 2 (if your cubes are small, no more than 5 grams or 1/3 tablespoon of butter at a time) and incorporate until you cannot see any butter remnants in your dough.

Continue by adding another piece of butter and mixing until it is fully incorporated into your dough.

Beat for a further 5 minutes until the dough it looks slightly glossy and is pulling away at the sides of your bowl.

Lightly butter a bowl and place the dough therein, placing in the fridge to rise until doubled in size, approximately 1 hour.

Remove from the fridge, lift and allow the dough to fully deflate.

Return to the fridge and repeat to allow to rise until doubled in size.

Cover the bowl and refrigerate for several hours or preferably overnight.

The next morning, remove from the refrigerator and lightly grease your baking tin.

Roll your dough out to an equal rectangle and 1/4 inch thickness.

Combine the lemon curd and softened butter until it’s smooth.

Smear the lemon curd over the dough leaving the 1/4 inch edge without any filling.

Sprinkle over the sugar evenly over the lemon filling.

Slowly and carefully roll your dough from the base of your wide rectangle into a tight scroll.

Cut into 12 even pieces and place in your baking tin with 1 1/2-2 inches gap between each.

Allow to proof at room temperature for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 190ºC/375F.

Bake in the oven for 10 minutes and then increase the temperature to 200C/400F and bake, until golden on top, approximately 10 further minutes.

Remove and allow to cool.

Meanwhile, for the frosting, beat the cream cheese and butter in a bowl until smooth.

Add in 1 cup of the sugar and vanilla extract and combine until smooth and looking slightly glossy.

Add the remaining sugar and combine until the mixture is thick but slowly drizzles from your whisk.

Spoon evenly on top of your rolls and smear over until every one is well coated.

Dig in!

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Lemon Rolls

  • Author: Sylvie Taylor
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 6 hours 58 minutes (rising and chilling time)
  • Yield: Makes 12 1x
  • Category: Breads

Description

Fluffy and light lemon rolls with a lemon curd filling that is tart and sweet and a great lazy day breakfast!


Ingredients

Scale

Dough
7 grams / 2 1/4 teaspoons instant dry yeast
200 milliliters / 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons whole milk, lukewarm
560 grams / 4 cups bread flour
60 grams / 1/3 cup superfine/caster sugar
1 teaspoon lemon zest, finely chopped
2 large eggs
80 grams butter, cubed and room temperature
Filling
20 grams / 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, very soft
165 grams / 2/3 cup lemon curd
50 grams / 1/2 cup superfine/caster sugar
Frosting
100 grams / 3.5 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
15 grams / 1 tablespoon butter, room temperature
170 grams / 1 1/2 cups confectioner’s/icing sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice


Instructions

  • Place the yeast and milk in a bowl and allow to dissolve for 3 minutes.
  • Once bubbling, add the flour, sugar and lemon zest and beat on low until the mixture resembles a shaggy mixture.
  • Add one egg in and combine on low until fully combined, repeat with each egg until you have a dough formed.
  • On a low setting with your mixer, add in 1 cube of butter or 2 (if your cubes are small, no more than 5 grams or 1/3 tablespoon of butter at a time) and incorporate until you cannot see any butter remnants in your dough.
  • Continue by adding another piece of butter and mixing until it is fully incorporated into your dough.
  • Beat for a further 5 minutes until the dough it looks slightly glossy and is pulling away at the sides of your bowl.
  • Lightly butter a bowl and place the dough therein, placing in the fridge to rise until doubled in size, approximately 1 hour.
  • Remove from the fridge, lift and allow the dough to fully deflate.
  • Return to the fridge and repeat to allow to rise until doubled in size.
  • Cover the bowl and refrigerate for several hours or preferably overnight.
  • The next morning, remove from the refrigerator and lightly grease your baking tin.
  • Roll your dough out to an equal rectangle and 1/4 inch thickness.
  • Combine the lemon curd and softened butter until it’s smooth.
  • Smear the lemon curd over the dough leaving the 1/4 inch edge without any filling.
  • Sprinkle over the sugar evenly over the lemon filling.
  • Slowly and carefully roll your dough from the base of your wide rectangle into a tight scroll.
  • Cut into 12 even pieces and place in your baking tin with 1 1/2-2 inches gap between each.
  • Allow to proof at room temperature for 1 hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 190ºC/375F.
  • Bake in the oven for 10 minutes and then increase the temperature to 200C/400F and bake, until golden on top, approximately 10 further minutes.
  • Remove and allow to cool.
  • Meanwhile, for the frosting, beat the cream cheese and butter in a bowl until smooth.
  • Add in 1 cup of the sugar and vanilla extract and combine until smooth and looking slightly glossy.
  • Add the remaining sugar and combine until the mixture is thick but slowly drizzles from your whisk.
  • Spoon evenly on top of your rolls and smear over until every one is well coated.
  • Dig in!

Notes

Recipe by Roamingtaste


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 430 calories per serve
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