Bite My Kitchen by Gordana

Sweet Rhubarb Rolls

2 hours, 20 minutes

medium

8 slices

Vibrant and delicious Sweet Rhubarb Rolls. These rolls are a twist on the classic cinnamon rolls. If you love to start your day in a sweet way, then you will love these soft and fluffy rolls. Made with rhubarb, strawberry jam and drizzled with butter cream icing, these rolls taste so good when eaten warm! Every bite of these fruity rolls is a melt in your mouth delicious moment.

a slice of Sweet Rhubarb Rolls

About these rolls

There is something so comforting about a weekend bake, or the delicious holiday breakfast / brunch moment to indulge in. For those of you who may not already know, the festive holidays in New Zealand happen in the summertime, and so summer fruits are everywhere. And while rhubarb is a year-round fruit, it adds to the vibrant colours that summer is all about. The combination of rhubarb and strawberry jam is simple, yet so delicious! The perfect match if you ask me. I love the sweet jam texture and how soft these rolls are to bite into. The combo is a great summer twist. If you have year-round rhubarb and a jar of jam, you can make these any time!

rhubarb roll

First, make the dough

Start by warming the milk until it is lukewarm, then add one teaspoon of sugar, the yeast and give a gentle stir. Let it stand until bubbly, this should take 5 to 10 minutes. In the meantime, in the bowl of a stand mixer, add the all-purpose flour, salt and sugar. Make a well in the middle, pour in the melted butter and one large egg. Once the milk and yeast mixture are ready, add into the flour bowl as well.

With a dough hook attachment, beat on medium-low speed until a smooth and sticky dough forms, about 5 – 10minutes. Lightly oil a separate large bowl. Shape the dough into a ball and place it in the bowl. Cover, and let rise in a warm spot until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

While the dough rests, make the filling

In a large pan, place the butter, chopped rhubarb, sugar and juice of half a lemon. Cook on medium heat for 8 – 10 minutes, stirring often, until the rhubarb has softened and resembles a jam-like consistency. Place the filling in a separate bowl and allow it to cool while the dough rises.

slice of rhubarb roll

Assembling the rolls and baking

On a floured surface, turn out the risen dough. Press the dough lightly with your hands to shape it into a square. Roll out the dough into a rectangle, 30 x 38 cm (does not have to be exact). Lightly spread the strawberry jam over the surface, leaving a 1cm border on the sides. Then, lay the rhubarb filling on top of the strawberry jam layer and spread evenly.

Loosely roll up the dough into a log, pinching the seam to seal. Using a sharp knife, cut the log into 8 even sized rolls. Place each roll in a rounded dish, greased with butter. Loosely cover and let rise in a warm spot until it doubles in size, about 45 minutes to 1 hour. In the meantime, pre-heat the oven to 180°C. Once the dough is ready, uncover and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown.

Butter icing (optional)

The icing for these rolls is entirely optional. If you do make the icing, why not add some fun food colouring to match the vibrant colour of the rhubarb and jam?

In a medium bowl, beat the softened butter until soft and fluffy (2 minutes on medium – high speed). While mixing, add the powdered sugar, one tablespoon at a time. Half-way through, add the powdered sugar, add the vanilla essence and 3 teaspoons of cold water. Beat until smooth. Lastly add the pink food colour and combine. Spread over the top of the rolls and serve warm.

Looking for more?

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Walnut & Chocolate Squares

The smell of these baked Sweet Rhubarb Rolls is heavenly! Wait until the rolls are just slightly cooled, take a bite into these sweet and soft rolls and then you will realize how delicious they really are. I hope that you enjoy this recipe and if you do, feel free leave a comment below. If you have a moment, please leave this recipe a rating. I would love to hear what you think, and if you make them, you can tag me over on Instagram.

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Ingredients:

Adjust Servings
FOR THE DOUGH
200ml warm milk
1tsp granulated sugar
8g instant dry yeast (one sachet)
300g all-purpose flour
1/4tsp salt
50g granulated sugar
75g unsalted butter (melted)
1 large egg
FOR THE FILLING
20g unsalted butter
300g chopped rhubarb
200g granulated sugar
juice of half a lemon
FOR THE ICING (optional)
150g softened, unsalted butter
250g powdered sugar
1tsp vanilla essence
3tsp cold water
1drop rose pink, food colouring

Directions

1.
For the dough
In a small bowl, stir together the already warmed milk, 1 teaspoon sugar, and the yeast. Let stand until bubbly, 5 to 10 minutes. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the all-purpose flour, salt, and sugar. Make a well in the center and add the melted unsalted butter, one large egg and the milk & yeast mixture.
Using a dough hook attachment, beat on medium-low speed until a smooth and sticky dough forms, about 5 - 10 minutes. (The dough should be slightly tacky but should not stick to a clean finger. If the dough is sticking to your fingers, add additional flour as needed, mixing in 1 tablespoon at a time). Lightly oil a large bowl. Shape the dough into a ball and place it in the bowl. Cover, and let rise in a warm spot until doubled in size, about 1 hour. In the meantime, make the filling.
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2.
The filling
In a large pan, place butter, chopped rhubarb, sugar and juice of half a lemon. Cook on medium heat for 8 - 10 minutes, stirring often, until the rhubarb has softened, and the filling resembles a jam-like consistency.
Place the filling in a separate bowl and allow it to cool while the dough rises and grease a round baking dish with butter.
Mark as complete
3.
Assemble and bake
On a floured surface, turn out the risen dough. Press the dough lightly with your hands to shape it into a square. Roll out the dough into a rectangle, 30 x 38 cm (does not have to be exact). Lightly spread the strawberry jam over the surface, leaving a 1cm border on the sides. Then, lay the rhubarb filling on top of the strawberry jam layer and spread evenly.
Loosely roll up the dough into a log, pinching the seam to seal. Using a sharp knife, cut the log into 8 even sized rolls. Place each roll in a rounded dish, greased with butter. Loosely cover and let rise in a warm spot until doubled in size, about 45 minutes to 1 hour. In the meantime, pre-heat the oven to 180°C. Once the dough is ready, uncover and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown. Once baked, let cool while making the icing.
Mark as complete
4.
The butter icing (optional)
In a medium bowl, beat the softened butter until soft and fluffy (2 minutes on medium - high speed). While mixing, add the powdered sugar, one tablespoon at a time. Half-way through, add the powdered sugar, add the vanilla essence and 3 teaspoons of cold water. Beat until smooth.
Lastly add the pink food colour and combine. Spread over the top of the warm rolls. Serve warm.
Mark as complete
Notes
If you have lefovers, cover tightly and keep in the fridge for up to 1 week. Reheat in the oven or microwave.
To freeze, wrap the rolls tightly, freeze up to 2 - 3 months. When you want to eat them, thaw and reheat.

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