Strawberry Cinnamon Rolls
I would be lying if I told you these strawberry cinnamon rolls were meant to inspire your Mother’s Day breakfast/brunch menus. They will be perfect for this weekend as you spoil all the mothers in your life but frankly, I forgot to feature some brunch recipes this year between the hectic weeks of moving.
Having just moved into a new house last week, I spent time this weekend testing my new oven in between unpacking the gazillion boxes. It’s the best excuse to bake for fun and attend to some of those nagging cravings I’ve been having 🙂 Homemade cinnamon rolls have been on the brain the past two weeks but since we were in the middle of moving and my kitchen was in boxes, I was unable to satisfy this craving until I made myself these strawberry cinnamon rolls!!
Nothing beats good ole yeasted cinnamon rolls for breakfast. I’ve tried a few recipes over the years including these caramel apple cinnamon rolls, but I am always looking for new ones to raise the bar. This recipe is adapted from Food52 and even though it seems a little involved, it is freaking amazing (for lack of a better description!). It’s worth the wait as the dough rises (and rises!) because once you bite into these fresh strawberry cinnamon rolls, you will just be in heaven. Food heaven!
I decided to add some fresh strawberries to the filling because…why not? It’s almost strawberry season and we are getting lots of juicy strawberries from you warm country folks right now. Next time for this recipe, I will probably cook down some of the strawberries into a compote and spread along side the cinnamon filling, in addition to the fresh chunks. I suggest you do that when you try these (I added it to the recipe below). Either way, the warm juicy strawberries and buttery cinnamon filling makes for a great combo and a delicious roll!
As a final (absolutely necessary) addition, I topped off these babies with a sweet vanilla bean cream cheese frosting. I used Rodelle’s vanilla bean paste for a richer and bolder vanilla flavor in the frosting/icing. Don’t skip on pouring and drizzling this sweet goodness all over your rolls, preferably while still warm!
This is just the BEST breakfast and brunch recipe I’ve had in a long time. So you better make these strawberry rolls for your mother/wife/sister this Mother’s Day!
Strawberry Cinnamon Rolls
For the dough:
- 4 1/2 cups bread flour
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon instant dry yeast
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 4 large eggs + 1 large egg yolk (cold)
- 1 cup minus 2 tablespoons milk (cold)
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
For the filling:
- ¾ cup (1 ½ stick) unsalted butter, melted
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1 ½ tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 1/3 cup strawberry compote or jelly (compote can be made from fresh strawberries cooked down with some sugar)
- 1 cup fresh strawberries, chopped
- egg wash
For Vanilla Bean Icing:
- 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1-2 cups powdered sugar (more or less to taste)
- 2 teaspoons Rodelle Vanilla Bean Paste
- ¼ cup heavy cream, plus more as needed.
To make dough:
- Make the dough the day before you plan on making the cinnamon rolls. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine the bread flour. Sugar, yeast and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs + yolk and milk. Add the egg + milk mixture to the dry ingredients and mix on low speed until the mixture forms a ball. Increase the speed to medium and mix until the dough is very smooth, about 5 minutes.
- With mixer on medium-low, add in the butter one tablespoon at a time, to the dough and mix until each piece is incorporated before adding the next. Once all the butter is added, continue mixing for additional 3 minutes.
- Transfer the dough to a well-greased large bowl and let rise, covered for 1- 1 ½ hours. (Dough is very enriched and might not expand much).
- Once risen, transfer the dough to a parchment lined baking sheet. Pat dough into a rectangle with about 1-inch thickness. Cover with plastic wrap directly on dough and refrigerate overnight.
- When ready to make cinnamon rolls, make the filling. Combine the melted butter, sugars, cinnamon and nutmeg in a small bowl. Let sit at room temperature while you prepare the dough.
- Lightly grease a 9 x 13-inch (or two 9 x 9-inch) baking dish. Remove dough from refrigerator. Transfer to a slightly floured work surface and roll the dough into a rectangle about ½ inch thick.
- Spread out the filling evenly all over the dough using a spatula and spreading all the way to the edges of the dough. Dollop the strawberry compote onto top of the cinnamon filling and evenly spread out. Finally topped with fresh chopped strawberries.
- To roll up, start with the long side closest to you and begin to roll the dough into a tight spiral. Make sure you keep the roll tight as you go. Use your thumb to release any sticky dough and also to tuck in loose dough. Once rolled, use a serrated knife to slice into 1 ½ inch wide pieces. Transfer pieces to prepared pans, leaving a quarter of an inch between each one. Cover the baking dish with plastic wrap or a towel and let rolls rise in a warm place at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. brush the top of the rolls with the egg wash and bake for 25- 30 minutes or until they are golden and the filling is bubbly and oozing out.
- While the rolls bake, make the icing. In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add in the rest of the ingredients and mix until combined. Add more or less heavy cream to get your desired drizzle consistency.
- Once rolls are baked, let cool in pan for 10-15 minutes. Then top with drizzle of icing. Serve warm or immediately.
Adapted from Food52
These look WONDERFUL! Seriously, I just want to dive right in. Breakfast, lunch or tea, I am SO there!
Oh sweet mercy, Z! These rolls look like my every idea of heaven 🙂 I can’t wait to try them (especially since I’ve been downing strawberries by the bucket these last few weeks)!
I’ve been eating lots of strawberries too!! Love them…can’t get enough!
what a great twist on regular cinnamon rolls! i love baking with berries 🙂
Me too!! It’s the season!!
Good luck in getting situated in the new place! These rolls look like the perfect way to do so 🙂
Cinnamon rolls are definitely the key to my heart! I love this fresh strawberry version. They look so incredible, Z!
Then I’ll have to make some of these for you!!
Oh my heavens! These rolls look magnificent! I want to stuff my face with them. Love fruity treats!
I did stuff my face with them 🙂
They look perfect, Zainab!
Can’t wait to see photos of the house!!!!! and these strawberry cinnamon rolls are perfection!!!! Damn, now I want Paul and the kids to bake like 5 things on Sunday! 🙂
Thanks Alice! It’s still coming together 😉
Strawberries are awesome this time of year! So yum 🙂
I would eat all the cinnamon rolls in the world if i could – love the strawberry variation!
I will too!!
These look absolutely perfect! Baking weekends are the best!
They really are!! Thanks Ashley!!
So…if I make these for my mom…do I HAVE to share?! Because that’s going to be hard. They look AMAZING.
NO!! It’s all for mom!
Strawberries is such a great addition!
You are seriously super women. Moving, pregnancy, finishing a PhD AND making treats galore. You rock! I’m going to hire you as my life organizer! Ha! These look great. Yeah for brunch! XO
Ahhh Liz you flatter me 🙂 I am seriously doubting how I will do it all. So much going on 🙂
Wow, these are INCREDIBLE!!! What a decadent treat. They look so soft and fluffy and I love the addition of seasonal strawberries. Congrats on your new home!!! xoxo
These look SO good! I love cinnamon rolls, especially with strawberries! I’m so glad it’s finally Strawberry season here, now I can bake all the strawberry things!
Strawberry season is the best!!
I’ve only put fruit in my cinnamon rolls a couple of times but I have always loved the result. Gotta try strawberry!
Always a good result!!
Homemade cinnamon rolls are the best, and cinnamon rolls with strawberries sound incredible!
I want these cinnamon rolls so bad Z, you are making me want to bake for myself this weekend!
These look super delicious. If only my husband was more of a baker. I know will be getting a good dinner though 🙂
A great dinner is always welcome. My Mr J is not a baker either…but dinners are his thing!