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...baking with strawberries...

...baking with strawberries...

Today I went searching....searching for a sweet roll recipe.  Something different and unexpected for this time of year.  A sweet roll that would be nice at breakfast or as an after dinner dessert.  I was not into a cinnamon, nutty, spicy type of sweet roll but something fresh and sparkly tasting.  

I searched every fruit filling there was and nothing was hitting the mark until .....there they were.....

Enter Strawberries!

Talk about an unexpected winter sweet roll idea!  

Now we are talking!

As the search continued, I came upon a fabulous recipe for Strawberry Sweet Rolls with Lemon Glaze on SALLY'S BAKING ADDICTION.  What a fun site with sooooo many ideas!  What caught my attention right out of the gate was the dough recipe and how near and dear it was to my favorite dinner roll recipe which I have made several times with unwavering success.  

This recipe had strawberries AND a lemon glaze, I was sold!

This is not the ideal time of year to find strawberries but I was on a mission.  I slowly and patiently searched through every package of fresh strawberries to find the perfect container.  Once located, I grabbed a couple of lemons and charged home to begin the recipe... 

I love, I mean really LOVE making a yeast dough.  Flour, eggs, butter and sugar all snuggle so nicely with warm milk and yeast.  The magic really starts to happen then!

The dough performed beautifully....

 

...the strawberries were chopped and warmed on the stove with a bit of sugar, a squeeze of lemon juice and a touch of corn starch....

 
 

The dough and strawberries were rolled, sliced and placed into the baking pans to rise a second time and after an hour or so, into the oven they went.

...after 20 minutes the most amazing smells were coming from the kitchen and when the oven door opened, out came this....

 

Next up....the lemon glaze...simply powdered sugar and fresh lemon juice...the perfect sweet tang to compliment the strawberries...

 

The roll is soft, slightly sweet and buttery and the touch of fresh strawberries mingled throughout are the perfect fresh and summery touch.  Not too sweet, not too tangy....just a perfect blend of summer on a winter day.

Thank you Sally's Baking Addiction for such a wonderful recipe that has such a spectacular outcome.  These strawberry rolls come highly recommended by yours truly and if you are looking forward to Spring as much as I am, try this recipe and you won't be disappointed.  I am pretty sure that with the first bite, I time warped to June, if just for a few moments.

Take Care..

JoanMarie

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Wandering into 2017...

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