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Raspberry swirl sweet rolls

Raspberry Swirl Sweet Rolls with Lemon Vanilla Glaze

These raspberry sweet rolls are the perfect sweet dessert or sticky bun to eat alongside your afternoon cup of tea or coffee. The rolls are made extra special thanks to a delicious filling of raspberry jam, frozen raspberries and lemon zest. A not-too-sweet glaze of sour cream, confectioner’s sugar and fresh lemon adds the perfect finishing touch.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 28 minutes
Inactive Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 12 rolls (approx)


For The Sweet Rolls

  • 1 1/4 oz packet activedry yeast
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup raspberry jam
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups frozen raspberries do not thaw
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream for brushing
  • oil for the pan

For the Lemon Vanilla Icing

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar sifted
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla essence
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice


  • In a small saucepan, heat the milk and 1/2 cup of water on a low-medium heat until the liquid is warm but not hot to touch. 
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix together the yeast, granulated sugar and 1 cup of flour. Stir in the warm milk. Cover and set aside for approximately 15 minutes until thick and foamy.
  • Stir in the melted butter and salt. Then gradually mix in the remaining 2 cups of flour. Cover with cling film and leave to rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour. 
  • Lightly coat an 11" x 8" casserole dish with oil. Line the pan with parchment paper, leaving a 3 inch overhang on the long sides. Then oil the parchment paper, too. 
  • In a small bowl, combine the jam, lemon zest and 2 teaspoons of lemon juice.
  • Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and roll into a 12" by 9" rectangle. Then spread the jam mixture over the surface of the dough.
  • Place the raspberries on top of the jam mixture
  • Starting from the long side, roll the dough into a tight log, pinching the seam to seal it. 
  • Slide a long piece of dental floss under the log of dough around 1 inch from the end. Holding the floss taught, lift ends and cross them over each other to cut one piece of dough. Continue this every inch or so until you have 12-13 rolls.
  • Transfer rolls, cut sides up to the pan. Space them equally, cover and allow to rise for another 60 minutes, until the rolls have doubled in size and sides are touching. 
  • Meanwhile, heat oven to 375 degrees F. 
  • Brush the risen rolls with heavy cream and bake for 25 to 27 minutes, until puffed and golden brown. Allow to cool for 10 minutes.

Lemon Vanilla Icing

  • In a bowl, combine the sour cream, confectioners' sugar and lemon juice. Spread over the warm rolls.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days.


A melted white chocolate topping would also be delicious with these. Just omit the lemon from the jam mixture and melt some white chocolate to drizzle over them!