I can't believe that my little blog is already a year old! So is it called a birthday or a blogiversary? Either way, I'm celebrating! I thought about making a special dessert for the occasion, but then I thought about what I want on my birthday - and that's a good breakfast! So I figured I'd do the same for my blog.
I found these blueberry sweet rolls on Tastespotting, and I knew I had to make them. I started them Friday night, then got up bright and early Saturday so we could take them to our tennis match that morning. I always think of cinnamon rolls as being a cold-weather treat, but the addition of blueberries make these particular sweet rolls perfect for summer. The dough is a rich brioche, then cinnamon, sugar, and flour are sprinkled on along with the blueberries. They are baked, then finished with a vanilla glaze that puts them right over the top. So perfect. I made a few small changes to the recipe, mostly with the technique, and I'm writing my version below.
By the way, do you like the candle? I had Joey pick it up at the grocery store, and the cashier asked if someone special was turning one. He tried to explain that my website was... I don't really think she got it, and he was a little embarrassed, haha.
Now, on to the giveaway! I feel like part of what defines my blog is my love of southern cooking. The Lee Brothers really exemplify what I stand for and love: fresh ingredients, simple preparations, outstanding flavor. So since The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook is my current favorite cookbook, As far as I'm concerned, its the Bible of southern cuisine. I could spend hours reading through this, and I pretty much want to make every single recipe. And I'll be giving away a copy to one lucky reader! How about that? My blog turns one and gives you a gift! To enter, leave a comment telling me your favorite southern dish. If you haven't ever had southern food, then tell me a southern dish you'd love to try. The giveaway is open until Sunday, June 13th at 11:59 pm EST. I'll choose one winner at random.
I hope you've enjoyed reading my blog over the past year, and I look forward to bringing you many more years of tasty recipes!
And now, something I've been waiting to do for a whole year!!
One year ago: Anniversary Dinner - Salmon on Puff Pastry and Champagne Risotto
Blueberry Sweet Rolls
adapted from Food Blogga
- 2 packets instant yeast
- 1/2 cup warm water (110-115 degrees F)
- 3/4 cup warm milk (110-115 degrees F)
- 1 cup melted butter
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, or more, as needed
- 1 Tablespoon melted butter, for brushing
- 1 pint fresh blueberries, rinsed and picked over
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 Tablespoon flour
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- a few Tablespoons milk
In the morning, remove the dough from the refrigerator and allow to come to cool room temperature. It will be very hard, but will soften as it warms up. Roll out on a well-floured surface into a 12-10 inch rectangle. Brush with melted butter. Combine the sugar, cinnamon, and flour in a small bowl, and sprinkle over the dough. Scatter the blueberries on top, and press into the dough. Roll up long-ways, tucking in any blueberries that escape. Use a dough scraper or a sharp knife to cut into 8-10 rolls. Line them in a well-greased square baking dish.
Preheat oven to 350. Cover the dish with a clean kitchen towel, and allow the rolls to rise for another 45 minutes to 1 hour. Bake 40-45 minutes, or until the tops are golden and a toothpick inserted into the center roll comes out clean. Place the dish on a wire rack to cool.
To make the glaze, whisk the confectioners' sugar, vanilla extract, and milk together until smooth, but not too thin. It should coat the back of a spoon. Drizzle over rolls, and allow the glaze to harden before serving.