These Strawberry Cheesecake Sweet Rolls are the perfect spring breakfast or brunch featuring fresh juicy strawberries and cream cheese frosting!
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I don’t know about you but strawberry season is DEFINITELY my favourite time of year. Strawberries are easily my favourite fruit of all time and if you put a bowl of strawberries in front of me you better believe they’ll be gone in minutes. Lucky for us, strawberry season starts in very early spring and what better way to celebrate the arrival of strawberry season than these Strawberry Cheesecake Sweet Rolls!
If you’ve ever had the opportunity to try my Best Ever Sweet and Sticky Cinnamon Buns, you’ll know that they are pretty much the best homemade cinnamon rolls you’ll ever taste. These Strawberry Cheesecake Sweet Rolls are a close second – they’re made with the most tender, soft sweet dough, rolled with sweet strawberries and sugar, baked to perfection and then topped with the most creamy and delicious cream cheese frosting and more fresh strawberries. I mean, what is not to love!!??!
If you’re looking for a delicious and fresh new recipe for your spring brunch or breakfast menu, these Strawberry Cheesecake Sweet Rolls are just the thing! And the best part is, you can even make them the night before, let them rise in the fridge overnight and bake them up fresh first thing in the morning!
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Strawberry Cheesecake Sweet Rolls
For the dough:
- 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 1/4 tsp instant dry yeast
- 1 1/4 cups milk
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup butter
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1 egg
For the filling:
- 1/3 cup butter melted
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 2 1/2 cups chopped fresh strawberries plus more for after baking
- 1-2 tsp vegetable oil for rolling out dough
- Butter for greasing the pan
For the frosting:
- 3 ounces full fat cream cheese softened to room temperature
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter softened to room temperature
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup powdered sugar
- Into the bowl of your stand mixer, measure out the 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour and the yeast. Mix these two together for a few seconds, just until they're combined.
- Next, melt 1/3 cup butter in a saucepan on the stove over medium heat. If you're thinking to cut a corner here and melt your butter in the microwave instead, don't do it! If the liquid is too hot, it will kill the yeast. Once it's melted and starts to bubble, remove it from the heat and stir in the 1/3 cup sugar and the salt until you can see and feel the grains beginning to dissolve in the hot butter. Add the milk slowly, stirring constantly. You're looking for the milk and butter mixture to be about 105 degrees Fahrenheit, but if it feels only slightly warm to the touch (slightly above room temperature) you're good to go.
- When your wet ingredients have reached the ideal temperature, add in an egg and break it up with a fork into the mixture.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer. Make sure your stand mixer is fitted with the dough hook attachment.
- Turn your mixer on low and watch the ingredients combine. After about a minute you should see a sticky dough starting to come together. If you need to turn the mixer off and scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl, now's your chance.
- Turn up the mixer speed slightly and allow the mixture to knead the dough for about 3 minutes. The dough should be tacky to the touch, but not so sticky that it's very messy. It should pull away from the sides of the bowl easily and the bowl should appear fairly clean. If the dough appears too sticky, continue kneading and add flour, one tablespoon at a time, until the dough reaches that tacky texture.
- If you don't have a stand mixer, you can knead the dough by hand on a lightly floured work surface for 5 minutes after the wet and dry ingredients are combined. If you're at all serious about cooking and baking, a stand mixer is a great investment. I have had my KitchenAid stand mixer for 10 years and it has paid for itself a few times over I'm sure!
- Cover the bowl with some plastic wrap and move it to a warm place in your kitchen to rise for about 2 hours. It should have doubled in size after about 2 hours.
- Once you notice your dough has risen fully, and before you do anything with it, grease a large rectangular pan (at least 9x13 in size) with some butter.
- Turn the dough out onto a work surface that's been very lightly greased with vegetable oil. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough evenly until you have a rectangle that's approximately 18 inches wide and 12 inches deep. Brush the dough with the melted butter.
- Add the chopped strawberries to a large bowl and stir them together with the sugar just until combined. Spread the strawberry and sugar mixture evenly over the rectangle of dough.
- Roll up the dough from the long side until you've got one long roll. Cut the long roll in half, then in half again, and then each of those sections into 3 pieces until you have 12 rolls. Try to cut the rolls to an even thickness as this promotes even baking. You don't want some rolls to be overdone and others to be raw in the middle.
- Arrange the 12 pieces in the pan you've greased. An arrangement of 3 rows of 4 works well in a rectangular pan.
- Cover the pan with a clean kitchen towel and set them aside to rise. It's a good idea to preheat your oven at this time, too. Set temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Once the rolls have risen for 20 minutes (no longer), place them in the oven to bake for about 40 minutes, or until they're a nice even light golden brown colour.
- Remove the pan from the oven and let the buns cool in the pan for about 20-25 minutes.
- While the buns are cooling, begin making the frosting by mixing the cream cheese and butter together until creamy and smooth. Add the vanilla and powdered sugar and mix by hand or with a hand mixer until light and fluffy.
- Smooth the frosting over the buns while they're still slightly warm - this will let the frosting drip into the cracks slightly and create a beautiful presentation.
- Sprinkle some additional chopped strawberries over the top, and serve!