I don’t love winter, but I do love BAKING, and there’s no better time to do it than on a cold winter morning. Honestly, these raspberry rolls (a close cousin to cinnamon rolls) almost make waking up to a foot of snow a happy occasion – if you’re going to be stuck inside, you might as well delight your family with a pan of deliciousness. Of course, they’re not only good in the winter – I’m pretty sure you and every single person you know would enjoy these any day of the year.
If you’re intimidated by the idea of making homemade cinnamon or raspberry rolls, don’t be. I’ll take you through it step-by-step. They do take a little bit of time, but believe me when I say they’re worth it.
You’ll start with my soft breadstick recipe. Mix up the ingredients (disregarding the garlic butter) and knead as directed in that post. Let the dough rise once for about an hour until nearly doubled in size. Then you’ll start shaping as raspberry rolls instead of breadsticks:
1. On a floured surface, roll out dough to a 12×18 rectangle. 2. Mix raspberry preserves and softened butter and spread evenly over dough, leaving 1 inch uncovered along top edge as shown. 3. Carefully roll up dough from the bottom, pinching to seal seam. 4. Use a sharp knife to mark 16 equal pieces. 5. Gently slide a 12 inch length of thread under roll until it’s even with the first mark. Criss cross thread across top of roll and pull ends gently to slice through. 6. Place rolls in a greased 9×13 pan.
NOTE: I put 12 rolls in a 9×13 pan and 4 more rolls in another small casserole dish – I think this keeps the rolls from getting too squished and helps them cook more evenly. If you want to cook the entire recipe in one 9×13 pan, divide into 12 rolls, not 16.
1. All 12 rolls are in the pan. 2. Let rise for 20-30 minutes or until rolls are puffed and just touching. 3. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes until tops are golden brown. (I like to gently pull two of the center rolls apart from each other to be sure the dough is fully cooked in the middle before I take them out of the oven – last time mine cooked for exactly 22 minutes). 4. Let rolls cool for at least 15 minutes before topping with frosting.
The rolls really are best warm, but they taste great cooled as well. I like to get up and start them by about 7 in the morning, so they’re ready at 10 for a lazy Saturday morning breakfast or a weekday brunch. Click here for the recipe card for the raspberry rolls: