Blueberry Sweet Rolls with Lemon Glaze

These blueberry sweet rolls only require 1 rise! The dough is very easy and the rolls are covered in lemon glaze!!

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. Who’s with me in that?

Pastries, jumbo muffins, buttermilk pancakes, gooey cinnamon rolls, french toast, crumb-filled coffee cake, granola parfaits, buttery croissants, veggie omelets, coffee, coffee, and more coffee. Oh, and these and these. And when it’s breakfast-for-dinner night? Forget about it. It feels like Christmas and my birthday all in one day. Does it get any better?

Most of the time I’m a fruit and yogurt gal. (Did I mention coffee too?) There’s not much time for anything else in the morning as Kevin’s running out the door and I’m catching up with my inbox and planning out the day’s work. However, when we both have time to sit down together, I love to whip up some homemade sweet rolls. You could say… I’m addicted.

These blueberry sweet rolls only require 1 rise! The dough is very easy and the rolls are covered in lemon glaze!!

Baking with Yeast Guide

Reference this Baking with Yeast Guide whenever you work with baker’s yeast. I include practical answers to all of your common yeast questions.

Today’s fruity sweet roll comes from my Easy Cinnamon Roll recipe. It’s an easy yeasted roll recipe that is perfect for the baker who wants to learn how to bake with yeast for the first time. What makes them so easy? Well, they only require one rise!

You’ll find that the typical sweet roll or homemade bread recipe requires two rises – a first rise of about 1-2 hours, then a second rise for another two hours or overnight. I developed a sweet roll recipe that bypasses the first rise all together. With a growing to-do list everyday, I am always looking for ways to cut down time on recipes without sacrificing taste or texture.

Let’s discuss the filling. It’s a simple mixture of frozen blueberries, sugar, and cornstarch. Make the filling before you make the dough so the blueberries have to absorb the sugar and cornstarch. Using frozen blueberries is important. Fresh blueberries won’t release their juices like frozen blueberries do. If you have a plethora of fresh blueberries to use up, I suggest making these muffins.

Using frozen blueberries means that you can bake these glorious sweet rolls in the dead of winter, too!

These blueberry sweet rolls only require 1 rise! The dough is very easy and the rolls are covered in lemon glaze!!

Since the blueberries are frozen, they will make the dough cold after you fill it, cut into rolls, and allow to rise. Even though this recipe is developed from my Easy Cinnamon Roll dough, today’s rolls will take longer to rise since the dough is cold as a result of the blueberries. Does that make sense? The rise time is about 2 hours. Still much shorter than most typical recipes.

The rolls need a warm, draft-free environment to rise. Here’s what I do: Heat the oven to 200F. Turn off the oven. Place the rolls inside for 2 hours. That’s it!

When the rolls are rising, the frozen blueberries release their juices and fill the bottom of the pan with a layer of sweet blueberry juice. As the rolls bake, the blueberry juice thickens and bakes up into the bottom of the roll. A layer of thick blueberry goo at the bottom of the pan. I mean, it’s practically heaven.

These blueberry sweet rolls only require 1 rise! The dough is very easy and the rolls are covered in lemon glaze!!

After the rolls have risen and you’ve baked them, it’s time for a glaze. I made an easy sweet lemon glaze to pair with the fluffy dough and juicy blueberries. A drippy, zesty coating that pairs perfectly with the doughy rolls. I love lemon and blueberry together! The glaze is a simple mix of powdered sugar, a touch of cream, and the juice of a lemon. There’s really no science behind it. You truly can control its lemon flavor and thickness– use more/less lemon juice, more/less sugar, and more/less cream. I use half-and-half, but heavy cream or milk will do the trick.

Completely drench the rolls with the glaze right before serving. 😀

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Blueberry Sweet Rolls with Sweet Lemon Glaze

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours
  • Yield: 11-12 rolls
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Soft & fluffy homemade sweet rolls filled with juicy blueberries and covered in a sweet lemon glaze. These are unbelievable!


Ingredients

Rolls

  • 2 and 3/4 cups (345g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 packet Red Star Platinum Yeast or any instant yeast (1 packet = 2 and 1/4 teaspoons)*
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) water
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) milk
  • 2 and 1/2 Tablespoons (40g) unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature

Filling

  • 1 and 1/3 cups (225g) frozen blueberries, not thawed*
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

Sweet Lemon Glaze

  • juice from 1 large lemon*
  • 1 cup (120g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 12 Tablespoons (15-30ml) milk, half-and-half, or heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Make the filling first: Combine the frozen blueberries, sugar, and cornstarch in a bowl. Gently toss around and let sit while you prepare the dough.
  2. Make the dough: Set aside 1/2 cup of flour. In a large bowl, toss the remaining flour, sugar, salt, and yeast together. Set aside.
  3. Heat the water, milk, and butter together in the microwave until the butter is melted and the mixture is hot to touch. About 115°F (46°C)-120°F (49°C). Stir the butter mixture into the flour mixture. Add the egg and only enough of the reserved flour to make a soft dough. I only needed 1/3 cup, but you may need the full 1/2 cup. Dough will be ready when it gently pulls away from the side of the bowl and has an elastic consistency.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough for about 5-6 minutes. Place in a lightly greased bowl (I used non-stick spray) and let rest for about 10 minutes.
  5. Fill the rolls: After 10 minutes, roll the dough out in a 14×8 inch rectangle. Pour the sugared blueberries on top and gently spread them to cover the dough surface. Roll up the dough tightly. Cut into 11-12 even pieces and place in a lightly greased 9-inch round pan. I used a pie dish, lightly sprayed with nonstick spray.
  6. Loosely cover the rolls with aluminum foil and allow to rise in a warm, draft-free place for 2-3 hours. Here is what I do: heat the oven to 200°F (93°C). Turn oven off. Place rolls inside oven and allow to rise.
  7. After the rolls have doubled in size, preheat the oven to 375°F (191°C). Bake for 25-30 minutes until lightly browned. I covered the rolls with aluminum foil after 15 minutes to avoid heavy browning.
  8. Make the glaze: Right before serving, top your blueberry rolls with glaze. Mix all of the glaze ingredients together. If you prefer a thicker glaze, add more powdered sugar and then add salt to cut the sweetness, if desired. If you’d like it thinner, add more lemon juice or cream. Pour over sweet rolls.
  9. Rolls are best enjoyed the same day, but stay fresh in a covered container for 5 days in the refrigerator.

Notes

  1. Overnight Instructions: This dough can be made the night before through step 5. Cover with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and allow to rest in the refrigerator overnight. The next morning, remove from the refrigerator and let rise, about 1 hour. Continue with step 7.
  2. Yeast: If you replace Red Star Platinum with an active dry yeast, the rise time may be 50% longer.
  3. Blueberries: You must use frozen (not fresh) blueberries in this recipe. Do not thaw.
  4. Lemon Glaze: Leave out the lemon juice if you do not prefer lemon glaze. Replace with 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract instead.
  5. Reference my Baking with Yeast Guide for answers to common yeast FAQs.

Keywords: blueberry sweet rolls

Can’t get enough! Dare I say better than regular cinnamon rolls??

These blueberry sweet rolls only require 1 rise! The dough is very easy and the rolls are covered in lemon glaze!!

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189 Comments

  1. Hi Sally! I found this recipe yesterday and made it all the way to step 5. Hoping to bake them for breakfast this morning! I just got confused because in your extra tips it says I should leave to rest over night covered with foil and next day take them out & let rise for 1 hour. But then I found a comment of somebody asking and you replied to leave outside at room temperature over night, not on the fridge.. So now I’m not sure what is right (on fridge or room temperature over night?). If mine were already in the fridge , will they still be good to bake?

    1. Hi Sam! In the refrigerator overnight is best– so sorry for the confusion! The rolls will bake just fine after being in the refrigerator.

  2. I am making these today for a surprise for my husband’s birthday . We picked 13 pounds of berries and I figured this would be a nice change from a traditional birthday cake. Question….do I invert these onto a tray or plate before applying the glaze or will that ruin them by allowing too much leakage of the blueberry filling? Thank you

    1. No need to invert them, Riley! You can if you want the blueberry sauce from the bottom of the pan on the top, but I love it on the bottom to contrast with the white glaze on top! Happy birthday to your husband!

  3. I realized after I submitted my first comment,that it probably wouldn’t be answered until long after I had made my rolls….crazy oversight on my part I did invert the pan and they popped right out. They looked perfect but I realized that you can’t see the differentiation between each roll so pulling them apart may year into another roll. Not a big deal I guess but I don’t know if I will do that next time. I will definitely make these again! Your dough recipe is perfect. Mine were done in 20 minutes and then I let them to cool for 5 minutes before cooling. Thank you for a recipe that isn’t overly sweet

  4. Hi Sally! I just made this and it was so awesome! My hubby & I really love it! I made cream cheese frosting instead as he prefers that. I made it at night and bake them the next day after second rise in the fridge. The only thing is…I used frozen blueberries but while setting them aside after making the filling their juices start coming out & by the time I put the filling on the dough & rolling it up, there was lotsa purple juices flowing out. My rolls were already purple even before the second rise. Other than that, I think it was a decent attempt. Thanks for this wonderful recipe! 🙂

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