Whether you’re making these ahead or to be served immediately, these summery sweet rolls are sure to brighten your day!
Author:The Simple, Sweet Life
For the sweet rolls:
1 tbsp. active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1/4 cup granulated sugar + 1 tbsp.
3 cups all purpose flour
4 tbsp. (57 grams) butter, melted
1/3 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
For the strawberry filling:
For the vanilla bean icing:
2 cups powdered sugar
3 tbsp. milk
1/2 vanilla bean
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
In a cup, stir together your active dry yeast, warm water, and +1 tbsp. granulated sugar. Let the yeast active for 5-10 minutes, or until frothy.
In the bowl of a kitchen mixer, combine all of your sweet roll ingredients, including the yeast mixture. Mix using the hook attachment util the dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl and is no longer sticky. If the dough is still sticky, add a 1/4 cup of flour at a time until no longer sticky. Put the dough in a lightly greased bowl, covered with a damp towel, and allow to rise for about an hour, or until it’s roughly doubled in size.
Roll the dough out into a rectangle that is about 1/3″ thick. In a bowl, coarsely mash your strawberries using a fork until chunky but spreadable. Drain off the juice and spread the chunks of berry over you dough. Roll into a log along the long side of the rectangle, and slice into 12 rolls. Arrange in a lightly greased baking dish and allow to rise for about an hour, or until the rolls have roughly doubled in size. If you’re making these ahead, now would be the time to pop them in the refrigerator (to be used the next day) or in the freezer (to be used in the future).
Preheat your oven to 350F/175C and bake for 30-35 minutes (a little longer if not completely thawed), or until golden brown.
In a small saucepan, combine all the vanilla bean icing ingredients and stir over medium-low heat until warm and a crust begins to form. Drizzle the icing over the warm rolls and serve immediately.