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Meyer Lemon Sticky Rolls with Cream Cheese Glaze

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Meet the springtime cousin of the cinnamon roll. Time consuming, but definitely worth it!

Ingredients

  • 2-½ teaspoons Yeast
  • ¾ cups Milk, Warmed To About 100°F Or Warm But Not Hot On Your Wrist
  • ½ cups Unsalted Butter, Softened
  • ¼ cups White Sugar
  • 1 whole Vanilla Bean, Seeds Only
  • 4-¼ cups All Purpose Flour (plus Up To 1/4 Cup More Depending On Dough Consitency)
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • ½ teaspoons Nutmeg
  • 1 whole Lemon, Zested
  • 1 whole Meyer Lemon, Zested
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • _____
  • FOR THE STICKY LEMON FILLING:
  • ½ cups Sugar
  • ½ cups Brown Sugar
  • ¼ teaspoons Freshly-ground Nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoons Powdered Ginger
  • 1 whole Meyer Lemon, Zested
  • 1 whole Lemon, Zest And Juice
  • 3 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter Very Soft
  • _____
  • FOR THE GLAZE:
  • 4 ounces, weight Cream Cheese, Softened
  • ½ teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1 whole Meyer Lemon, Juiced And Zested
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar

Preparation

In the bowl of a stand mixer, sprinkle the yeast over the warmed milk and let it sit for a couple minutes. With the mixer paddle, stir in the softened butter, sugar, vanilla, and one cup of the flour. Stir in the salt, nutmeg, and lemon zests. Stir in the eggs and enough of the remaining flour to make a soft yet sticky dough.

Switch to the dough hook and knead for about 5 minutes, or until the dough is elastic and pliable.

Spray the top of the dough with vegetable oil, and turn the dough over so it is coated in oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and a towel and let the dough rise until nearly doubled, about an hour.

Sticky Lemon Filling: In a small bowl, mix the sugars with the nutmeg and ginger, then work in the lemon zests with the tips of your fingers until the sugar resembles wet, soft sand. Stir in the lemon juice.

Lightly grease a 13×9 inch baking dish with baking spray or butter. On a floured surface, pat the dough out into a large yet still thick rectangle, about 10×15 inches. Spread evenly with the softened butter, then pour and spread the lemon-sugar mixture over the top. Roll the dough up tightly, starting from the top long end. Cut the long dough roll into 12 even rolls, and place them, cut side up, in the prepared baking dish.

Cover the rolls with a towel and let them rise for an hour or until puffy and nearly doubled. (You can also refrigerate the rolls at this point. Cover the pan tightly with plastic wrap, and place it in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. When you are ready to bake the rolls, remove the pan from the fridge, and let them rise for an hour.)

Heat the oven to 350°F. Place the risen rolls in the oven and bake for 35 minutes or until a thermometer inserted into a center roll reads 190°F.

Lemon Cream Cheese Glaze: While the rolls are baking, prepare the glaze. In a small food processor (or with a mixer, or a sturdy whisk), whip the cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla, lemon zest and juice and blend until well combined. Add the powdered sugar and blend until smooth and creamy.

When the rolls are done, smear them with the cream cheese glaze. Serve while warm.

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Kellie Choi on 8.10.2010

At what point would you freeze these? I’m trying to prepare for a weekend at a friend’s lake house and I would love to make fresh, hot rolls for breakfast.

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Laurie - Simply Scratch on 8.10.2010

You had me at lemon! These sound delicious! Beautiful photo too! Im adding this recipe to my “recipe box!” Thanks for sharing!

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