Easter is almost here! Do you have your baskets ready? I don’t. In fact, I have been avoiding buying anything because I know I will eat it beforehand. Easter candy is my weakness!
I do however, know what we are having for breakfast. These sweet rolls. They are the perfect Easter morning breakfast. The bread is soft and fluffy it is beautifully combined with a tart lemon curd and creamy lemon cream cheese glaze. I used this recipe for the lemon curd, but you can easily use canned lemon curd too (Trader Joes is the cheapest I have found).
Speaking of curd, a couple of weeks ago I went on a curd making frenzy. Any and all fruit that I had in my fridge was turned into a curd (recipes will be posted soon). Because I had so much fruit curd in the fridge, I decided to can the lemon curd that I was making, and therefore doubled the recipe. Well, I didn’t time things correctly with the heating of the jars and ended up with yet another large bowl of curd in my fridge. I figured that since these strawberry buttermilk rolls came out so good, a lemon curd roll would turn out great too! Not that I am tooting my own horn but they were fantastic!
3- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour plus more for rolling
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 teaspoon instant yeast
1 tablespoon lemon zest
3/4 cup lemon curd
1/3 cup cream cheese, room temperature
1 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tsp lemon zest
2 cups powdered sugar
In a microwave safe dish, heat buttermilk for 30 seconds. You want it to be warm, but not hot.
Once buttermilk is warm, add oil and stir to combine.
In a separate bowl combine flour, sugar, and salt.
In a large bowl, mix together buttermilk, oil, zest and yeast with a spoon. Allow to rest for 5 minutes. Add 3 cups of flour and egg to the bowl and knead manually or using dough hook until combined. If dough is still sticky after all the flour has been kneaded in, add remaining 1/2 cup of flour and knead until the dough it soft and no longer sticking to the sides.
On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out into a large rectangle approximately 1/2inch thick.
Spread softened butter evenly over the surface of the dough.
Spread lemon curd over the surface of the dough.
Beginning with the horizontal side closest to you, tightly roll dough to opposite side, pinching the seam together at the end.
Cut rolls into 12 even pieces and place in a greased 9x13 pan.
Cover pan with a warm damp cloth and allow rise for about 25 minutes in a dark warm place.
Once rolls have risen, bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, or until slightly browned.
Whisk cream cheese, milk, lemon juice, zest and powdered sugar until smooth.
Growing up, my grandfather would always make this beautiful braided bread for Easter, just has his mother had done throughout his childhood. I was always fascinated with the colorful eggs tucked so delicately in between the braids.
My grandmother recently sold her home, which meant we had to pack everything up. While doing so I came across my grandfather’s Brioche recipe, which was the recipe he used to make these egg baskets.
No one in our family has made this brioche since my grandfather’s passing…almost 10 years ago. Then, after having found the recipe, I was contacted by Nest Fresh Eggs to create a recipe. Coincidence…nah I think it was more like fate.
I had met with NestFresh Eggs at the Natural Products Expo and was instantly impressed. Their eggs are 100% cage free, pasture raised, and non GMO. What this means is that these hens are roaming the farms and grazing for their food in the grass. The hens can enjoy the sunlight and the fresh air! Their diets are supplemented with feed that is free from pesticides, GMO contamination, and harmful chemicals. NestFresh Eggs not only cares about the well being of their hens, but they also care about the environment!
What I love even more about this company is that the eggs come from small family owned farms. As I am sure you have read…I am all about family companies!
NestFresh Eggs is a great company providing us with a natural wholesome eggs that are as delicious as the ones that we get from my uncle’s backyard hens. I love knowing that I can get these quality eggs on a regular basis at my local grocery store.
Would you like to try NestFresh Eggs? Well, they are offering two month’s worth or NestFresh Cage Free Eggs and an Egg-cellent prize pack!!!! That’s 8 coupons for a free dozen eggs, and a few goodies like a tumbler, water bottle, pan scraper, spatula and egg poacher!