In fact, I’ve made so many different versions of molasses cookies lately (coming soon to a blog near you) that I kind of needed something a tad different. And, baby I got exactly what I was looking for.
These sweet rolls will be the perfect treat to lighten up your neighbor’s treat plate, or the perfect Christmas breakfast (I mean they are kinda red right?). The roll itself is perfectly soft, and oh so squishy, while the raspberry filling is pretty much drool worthy. Seriously. I kinda ate the remainder with a spoon. It actually dribbled down my chin just in time for the kiddos to walk in the kitchen and give me the, “Aren’t I supposed to be the kid?” look. Worth it I tell ya, worth it.
Raspberry Cinnamon Rolls
3/4 and 1/2 Cup Divided Milk
4 1/2 Teaspoons Instant Yeast
2/3 Cup plus 2 Tablespoons Sugar, divided
1 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Cup Unsalted butter
3 Large Eggs
2 1/2 Cups White Flour
2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
Thread or unflavored floss
Warm 1/2 Cup of the milk in a pot or the microwave until warm but not hot. Place the warm milk in a bowl and add the 2 tablespoons of sugar. Sprinkle the yeast in and let proof (let it sit until it is big and foamy).
Meanwhile, scald 3/4 cup of milk (cook over medium low heat until it begins to foam around the edges.) Remove from the heat and add the 2/3 cup sugar, butter and salt. Stir until the butter is completely melted. Let cool to room temperature.
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Add the yeast mixture to the milk mixture and stir together.
Place 3 cups of the flour in a large bowl, add the wet ingredients and stir to combine. Add more flour until the dough begins to pull away from the bowl. This is a sweet bread recipe and therefore will not be smooth and elastic, but instead sticky. Cover the bowl and allow to rise until doubled in volume.
1 Package Neufchatel Cheese or Low Fat Cream Cheese
1/3 Cup Frozen Raspberries, thawed and drained of excess juice
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl, and using a handheld mixer, mix to combine evenly.
After the dough has risen, lightly flour a work surface and roll the dough out 1/4″ thick. Spread the filling all over the dough. Starting with the side opposite of you, begin to roll up the dough, as tightly as possible. Don’t worry if some of the filling comes out. Once you have your “roll”, slide a piece of floss or thread under about 1 1/2-2″ of the log. Hold onto each end of the string, cross them as if you are about to tie a shoe, making an x, and pull tight to cut off your first cinnamon roll. Repeat all the way down the log.
Place in a lightly greased baking pan, and cover. Allow to rise for 30-60 minutes.
Heat the oven to 350 and bake for 15-25 minutes. Cool slightly and top with glaze!
2 Cups Powdered Sugar
2/3 Cup Raspberries
1 Teaspoon Almond Extract
2 Oz Neufchatel or cream cheese
A tablespoon of milk if needed.
Mix everything in a bowl, using a handheld mixer and set in the fridge until the rolls are done.