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These Raspberry Lemon Brioche Rolls with Whipped Ricotta Cream are the perfect summery sweet roll. Buttery brioche dough, swirled with sweet summer raspberries and lemon sugar. Then generously topped with creamy vanilla whipped ricotta cheese. There’s nothing not to love about these raspberry swirl rolls, every bite is melt in your mouth delicious. These rolls are a great make-ahead breakfast or a special summertime afternoon snack. Just be sure to enjoy them warm, right out of the oven.
Happy Tuesday guys! This is one of those recipes that I’m overly excited to share. Normally I would save a recipe like this for a Friday, so that you’d have them just before the weekend. But then I thought about it, and well, I’m very much into the idea of these rolls as a Tuesday treat. I mean c’mon, we all need a Tuesday treat every once in a while!
That and, as I mentioned, I’m really excited about this recipe and didn’t want to wait any longer to share. Plus, these are easy enough to bake up on a weekday. And while they might be a “breakfast” food, these raspberry swirled rolls make for an extra special afternoon snack too.
Trust me, there’s really nothing better than a random sweet roll on a summer afternoon day. No special occasion needed.
Honestly, I’m not really sure what the story behind the rolls originally was, but I’ve never created any other recipe like them. Which is one of the many reasons I’m so excited to share them. Sure, we have a lot of cinnamon roll recipes here on HBH. And we definitely have some fruity layered cakes, but never have I made a sweet roll where the main flavor is fruit.
Typically, I’m all about cinnamon when it comes to my swirled rolls, but I tend to reserve those for the holidays. These are my summer swirl roll! When the concept first came to mind, I knew I had to jump at it…they just sounded so delicious. I meant to share the recipe before Father’s Day, but I didn’t want to break tradition. So instead, I shared my last-minute recipe for buckeye CRUNCH bars (which so many of you have already made and loved).
So here we are today! A random June Tuesday, with the best raspberry lemon brioche rolls.
First, these are not your typical sweet rolls. I wanted them to be extra soft and hinted with lemon.
To make the dough, simply mix flour with a bit of instant yeast, a touch of cardamom, and a pinch of salt. Add warm milk, a touch of honey, eggs, salted butter, and some lemon zest. Then mix until smooth, let the dough rise until doubled in size, usually about an hour.
While the rolls rise, mix up the filling. It’s simply granulated sugar and lemon…yes, lemon sugar!
Once the dough has doubled in size, roll the dough out, spread with butter, then top with some of the lemon sugar. Add lots of fresh raspberries, then roll the dough up into a log, cut into rolls, and place them into a baking dish. Now you can either let the rolls rest, get puffy, and then bake. Or you can keep the rolls in the fridge overnight to rise and bake in the morning. Either option works, it just depends when you’d like to enjoy your rolls.
Whip the ricotta into cream. This is very simple. Take ricotta cheese and whip it in the food processor until creamy, then add powdered sugar and a splash of vanilla.
Simple, simple…and so very creamy.
Note: If you don’t have a food processor, I would recommend topping with whipped cream or whipped cream cheese. Either would also be good!
And now you wait for the rolls. As the rolls bake, the kitchen will fill with the sweet smells of summer…buttery raspberries and lemon wafting throughout your kitchen.
Next, pull the rolls out of the oven and take in their beauty. I almost didn’t frost these because I love the raspberry swirl so much. But in the end, the ricotta cream was too good not to use.
Just before topping with cream, toss those remaining raspberries in with the leftover lemon sugar. Now spread the cream over the rolls and top with the lemon berries.
And you see? Just like that Tuesday went from boring to fun…and so delicious. So what do you guys think? Can we do some baking this afternoon? Sounds like the perfect plan to me.
Looking for other summer brunch recipes? Here are some favorites:
Buttery Raspberry Crumble Bars
Berry and Cream Cheese Croissant French Toast Bake
Blackberry Lavender White Chocolate Scones
Baked Blackberry Ricotta French Toast
Lastly, if you make these raspberry lemon brioche rolls with whipped ricotta cream, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!
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My mom requested raspberry sweet rolls for her Mother’s Day breakfast, and after looking at several different recipes I decided to try this one. We were blown away by how good these were! The dough in particular was amazing. We both loved how light and fluffy it was, especially since most cinnamon or sweet rolls tend to have thick, tough dough. I think I’m going to continue to use this recipe for all other cinnamon and sweet rolls in the future. For reference I made these the morning of instead of letting them rise the night before and didn’t add any extra flour aside from what I had on my work surface. The amount of raspberries called for was just right and the ricotta cream was really tasty. Thanks for posting this recipe! Mother’s Day was a huge success thanks in part to it!
Happy Wednesday!! 🌸🌤️ I appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your review, so glad it turned out well for you! xT
Hello! If I make these Friday night, would they still be good to bring to brunch on Sunday? or even a day ahead?
You bet, just bring them to room temp before baking:) Let me know if you have any other questions, I hope you love this recipe! xx
Love these rolls!!! They are delicious! I was moving too quickly and got distracted and even forgot to add the stick of butter into the bread dough… The rolls were slightly dryer than they have been previously, but still rose well and were perfect to eat!
Happy Wednesday!!🌈 🐇 I am so glad to hear that this recipe turned out well for you! Thanks for sharing your feedback and trying it out! xT
Made these for a Sunday morning breakfast and they were delicious. So light and fluffy, and full of flavor from the lemon and raspberry combination. The really liked the ricotta cream as well, wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about it at first. These rolls were also simple to make! Will be making these over and over!
Happy Monday!! ☀️⛅️ I appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your comment, so glad to hear it turned out well for you! xT
I made this for a Sunday morning and they were absolutely delicious! Will definitely be making them again!!
Happy Monday!! 🍋🫐 I truly appreciate you making this recipe and your comment, love to hear that it was a hit! xT
Hi! Can I use a stand mixer with a whisk attachment to whip the ricotta if I don’t have a food processor?
Sure, that should work well for you! Please let me know if you have any other questions! xx
I made these yesterday and they are so yummy! I included dark sweet cherries with the raspberries in mine.
Wonderful!!🍀 I love to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks so much for trying it out:)
Can you substitute the regular flour for any other kind of flour if there are people who have gluten allergies?
Yes, you can use an equal amount of gluten free flour, I like Bob’s Red Mill. Please let me know if you give this recipe a try, I hope you love it! xx
Could I make this with strawberries instead? Also, could I use a hand mixer with dough hooks? New to the baking world and love your recipes!!
Totally, strawberries would be great:) I’ve never seen dough hooks for a hand mixer, but if you have them then sure! Otherwise just mix with a wooden spoon and knead by hand! Please let me know if you have any other questions! xx
Okay, awesome! Thank you so much for always taking the time to reply and quickly too!
My life has been changed FOREVER! Blown away by how soft and flavorful the dough is. Don’t be afraid by how sticky the dough is (I used 3.75 cups of flour). It will totally roll out once it has risen! Lemon & raspberry are a fabulous combo for a filling, would absolutely recommend fresh raspberries if doing overnight method (I used frozen and ended up with a bit of a syrupy base in the bottom of my rolls – still delicious tho!). I used cream cheese instead of ricotta for the glaze and it was divine:) Thank you for another amazing recipe!
Happy Sunday!! So glad to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it!! Thanks so much for your kind message! ? xx
SO good! Remind me of hot cross buns just yummer?The ricotta icing makes it so nice! Definitely will make again. Thx for the recipe
Happy Friday! I am delighted to hear that this recipe was enjoyed! Thanks a lot for making it. xTieghan
Just be careful if converting to metric by the button provided, the flour amount says 987g and it is double what you need!!!