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Tender Lemon Rolls

Light and tender, these golden rolls are filled with a lemon curd sauce and lightly glazed. A sprinkle of walnuts, and you have a sweet roll that’s difficult to resist. —Shirley Duncan, Willis, Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    1 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2-1/2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup lemon curd
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, optional
  • ICING:
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine 1-1/2 cups flour, sugar, yeast, lemon zest and salt. In a small saucepan, heat sour cream, butter and water to 120°-130°; add to dry ingredients. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes. Add eggs and 1/2 cup flour; beat 2 minutes longer. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down; turn onto a floured surface. Roll into an 18x12-in. rectangle. Spread lemon curd to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seams to seal. Cut into 12 slices.
  • Place rolls, cut side down, in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Brush rolls with beaten egg and sprinkle with walnuts if desired. Bake until golden brown, 25-30 minutes. In a small bowl, combine icing ingredients; drizzle over warm rolls.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 291 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 88mg cholesterol, 122mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • duckmichelle
    Apr 16, 2014

    Mizzzliza, would love to have your recipe for cinnabon cinnamon rolls. Love those things!!

  • Mizzzliza
    Apr 16, 2014

    Has anybody tried making the dough in a bread machine? I make my cinnabon cinnamon rolls in the bread machine and it's so easy.

  • stephanievan
    Apr 15, 2014

    Does anyone have a good lemon curd recipe?

  • akaylee
    Mar 8, 2012

    I have made these several times and they are delicious. The quality of the lemon curd is the main detail to note. The lighter the curd, the better!

  • lorimclain
    Mar 7, 2012

    Surprisingly easy ! Bursting with lemon flavor and perfect for Spring !