These lovely lemon rolls are full of lemon curd and drizzled with lemon glaze.
You don’t need to pull my leg to share more lemon recipes in fact by the time I’m done, you might be yelling NO MORE LEMON! But I hope not. Today I’ve got another yummy lemon roll for you but this one is filled with that sunshine on a spoon I shared a few weeks ago, yes, lemon curd! I look for pretty much any excuse I can to use lemon curd in whatever I making or baking.
Lemon Curd Rolls
I am thinking these lovely lemon rolls would make the perfect addition to any Easter dinner or brunch you might be hosting this year. The tart, bright flavor is a yummy taste of spring. This recipe uses yeast, but don’t let that intimidate you! Using Fleischmann’s® ActiveDry™ Yeast makes them light and delicious.
How to Work With Yeast
The trick to working with yeast is getting your water temperature right, you want it warm, not hot. About 105 – 120 degrees is perfect. I just test it on the inside of my wrist like you would a baby bottle. After you add the yeast into the water you just have to let it “proof” for about 5 minutes or so. You want it to look like this.
How to Make Lemon Rolls
- Mix all your ingredients together and knead the dough. Now this can be done in your mixer with a dough hook or by hand. If you’ve had a frustrating day you may go for the by hand method. Work out all those frustrations on the dough. Just knead until it is smooth and elastic.
- Cover with a cotton towel and let it sit and rise. You want the dough to double in size. It will take about an hour.
- After it has doubled in size, divide the dough into 24 even pieces, or as even as possible. Roll each piece into a 15 inch rope and then form your roll so it looks like this. Just tuck your end underneath.
- Place rolls on a greased cookie sheet, give them a nice little layer of melted butter, cover them again and let them rise one more time for about 20-30 minutes.
- Before baking use your thumb to form an indentation in the middle of the dough and fill it with lemon curd. The bigger the indentation the better, makes more room for lemon curd!
- Let them bake at 350 degrees for about 12-15 minutes. Give them another layer of melted butter and allow to cool.
- Add some extra lemony goodness with a drizzle of lemon glaze. The more drizzle the better as far as I’m concerned.
So pretty and delicious!
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- 1/4 cup warm water 100 degrees to 110 degrees F
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 envelopes Fleischmann’s® Active Dry Yeast or Rapid Rise Yeast
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup butter cut in chunks
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 5 1/4 cups flour may need up to 5 3/4 cups
- 1/4 cup butter melted
- 1/2 cup lemon curd
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1-2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
- Combine warm water and 1 teaspoon sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add yeast; let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes.
- Heat milk and butter to 100 degrees to 110 degrees F. (Butter does not need to melt).
- Add milk mixture, eggs, sugar, salt and 2 cups flour to yeast mixture.
- Beat 3 minutes with electric mixer. Stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough.
- Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes or use a dough hook in mixer.
- Place dough in a greased bowl, turning to coat and cover or allow to rise, covered on the counter.
- Let rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled, about an hour. Punch dough down. Divide into 24 small balls.
- Grease 3 baking sheets.
- Roll each ball into a 15-inch rope. Loosely coil each rope into a circle, tucking ends under. Cover and let rise in warm area until light and doubled in size, about 20-30 minutes
- Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees F.
- Uncover dough and carefully brush rolls with half of the melted butter. Make deep thumbprints in center of each roll; fill each with 1 teaspoon lemon curd.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately remove from pan; brush a second time with remaining butter. Cool slightly on wire rack.
- In a small bowl, blend powdered sugar and enough lemon juice for vanilla desired drizzling consistency. Drizzle over warm rolls.