Blueberry Cream Cheese Rolls

The ultimate in fancy breakfast rolls takes its cue from our favorite bakery coffee cake. Sweet dough swirled around fresh blueberry filling, capped with sweet cream cheese, adorned with streusel. These rolls deserve a special occasion and a starring role on your buffet.

Prep
45 mins
Bake
40 to 50 mins
Total
2 hrs 55 mins
Yield
12 very large rolls
Blueberry Cream Cheese Rolls

Instructions

  1. To make the dough, combine all of the dough ingredients and mix and knead — by hand, mixer, or in a bread machine set on the dough cycle — to make a soft, smooth dough. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl and let it rise for about 60 minutes, until it's nicely puffed.

  2. While the dough is rising, prepare the filling. Place the berries and juice or wine in a medium-sized saucepan. Combine the sugar, Instant ClearJel, and salt. Add the sugar/thickener to the berries/wine and cook over medium heat until the sauce is thick, about 5 to 8 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool to room temperature.

  3. Gently deflate the risen dough, and roll/pat it into an 18" x 20" rectangle. Spread with the cooled blueberry filling, and roll up cinnamon-roll style.

  4. Slice the roll into 12 equal portions. Place in a greased 9" x 13" x 2" baking dish, cut (spiral) side up. Cover the dish with plastic wrap, and let rise for 40 minutes.

  5. As the dough is rising, prepare the topping. Combine the softened cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, vanilla, flour, and salt. Stir until very smooth. Place in a large zip-top plastic bag. Cut off a generous piece of the corner of the bag, leaving an opening the size of a quarter.

  6. Prepare the streusel by combining the flour, sugar, and butter with a fork or your fingers until it's in large crumbles, similar to large granola clusters.

  7. Uncover the rolls and pipe a large dollop of cream cheese filling on top of each. Use your wet fingers to spread the filling completely over the top of each bun.

  8. Sprinkle the streusel over the tops of the rolls. Use all the streusel; don't worry if it falls off the top of the rolls and settles between them. Everything will bake together just fine.

  9. Bake the rolls in a preheated 350°F oven for 45 to 55 minutes. They should be golden brown on the edges, and the streusel should be nicely browned, as well. A digital thermometer should read 200°F when inserted into the center of a roll.

  10. Remove the rolls from the oven. Serve warm, or at room temperature. These large, rich buns make a very filling breakfast!

Tips from our Bakers

  • The jam mode on your bread machine is an excellent way to make jam hands-free, keeping the kitchen cool at the same time.
  • For smaller buns, divide the dough into 24 equal portions and place in two well-greased 12-cup muffin pans. Reduce the baking time to 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Store these buns in the fridge for up to 3 days. A short warming in the microwave or toaster oven will take the chill off before eating.