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Twisted Blueberry Rolls

These twisted blueberry rolls are pillowy soft, fluffy, and full of a sweet, blueberry filling. There is truly nothing better than a homemade sweet roll, especially when it's covered in cream cheese frosting. 
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Rise Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 45 mins
Course Breads
Servings 12 rolls

Ingredients
 

Dough

  • 2 ½ cups (313 grams) all purpose flour plus more for kneading
  • 1 package instant yeast must be instant! 1 standard package of yeast is 2 ¼ teaspoons.
  • ¼ cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¾ cup (180 mL) whole milk room temperature
  • 1 egg room temperature
  • ¼ cup (57 grams) unsalted butter melted and cooled

Blueberry Filling

  • 1 ½ cups (230 grams) fresh blueberries
  • cup (67 grams) granulated sugar
  • ½ tablespoon lemon juice

Egg Wash

  • 1 egg lightly beaten

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • ½ cup (4 oz) cream cheese room temperature
  • ½ cup (60 grams) powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt

Instructions
 

Dough

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer (or large bowl if kneading by hand), whisk together the flour, instant yeast, granulated sugar, salt and nutmeg.
  • Add the milk, egg and melted and cooled butter.

Kneading

  • If you are using a stand mixer, using the hook attachment, mix on low-medium speed until the dough comes together, scraping the flour off the sides of the bowl if necessary. Once the dough forms, turn the mixer up to medium speed and knead for an additional 8-10 minutes. If the dough is sticking to the bottom/sides of the bowl, add more flour tablespoon by tablespoon. You may need to add an extra 4-5 tablespoons of flour. The dough should come together and be slightly sticky but smooth.
  • If you are making the dough by hand, fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until a dough forms. Lightly flour your work space (and your hands) and begin to knead the dough. If the dough is super sticky, add more flour tablespoon by tablespoon. You may need to add an additional 4-5 tablespoons of flour so it is not super sticky. Knead the dough by hand for 8-10 minutes. The dough should come together and be slightly sticky but smooth. 
  • The dough is done kneading when it passes the window pane test. Rip off a small piece of dough and place it in between your fingers. Carefully, spread your fingers apart to stretch out the dough. If the dough stretches easily without ripping AND you can see light passing through it, it does not need anymore kneading. Additionally, if you press your finger into the dough and it bounces back, it is ready to go!

First Rise

  • Once the dough is ready, transfer it to a well-oiled bowl, cover, and let it rise in a warm environment (in the microwave/in the oven - both OFF) for 1 ½ hours. It should double in size.

Blueberry Filling

  • While the dough is rising, make the filling. Over the stove on medium heat, combine the blueberries, granulated sugar and lemon juice, constantly stirring until the blueberries get softer, about 2-3 minutes
  • Using the back of a wooden spoon, smash the blueberries so that they release their juices. Let the mixture simmer, while stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 5-10 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool while the dough completes its first rise.
  • Once the dough has finished its first rise, grease a muffin tin or line a baking sheet with parchment paper (both work) and set aside. Remove the dough from the bowl onto a lightly floured surface.
  • Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough into a 16x20 inch rectangle.
  • Spread the filling on the right ⅔ of the rectangle.
  • Then, take the left ⅓ that is not covered in filling, and fold it towards the center.
  • Then, take the right side and fold it over towards the center. It is like you have a piece of paper and you are folding it to get three equal-sized parts.

Preparing the rolls

  • Trim the edges of the log because they do not have much filling on it. Then, using a sharp knife, cut the dough horizontally into 12 equal pieces.
  • Working piece by piece, make a slit in each piece of dough, but not cutting it completely in half.
  • Weave the two pieces together and lie it flat on your work surface.
  • Starting from one end, roll the dough up onto itself to create one big bun. Place the roll into your muffin tin/on your baking sheet, and repeat this process with the rest of the dough.

Second Rise

  • Cover the pan with a towel and leave the rolls to rise for another 35-40 minutes. They should fluff up.

Baking

  • When the dough has 5-10 minutes left to rise, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius). Lightly whisk an egg to make an egg wash. Brush the egg wash on the edges of the rolls using a pastry brush or your finger.
  • Place the rolls in the oven and bake them for 14-15 minutes until slightly golden on top.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • While the rolls are baking, prepare the cream cheese frosting. Beat together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla extract and salt until super smooth. Once the rolls are cooled, spread the frosting on top of the rolls. Enjoy!
Keyword Yeast Breads
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