My favorite time of the day has always been EARLY morning...when it's still quiet and peaceful. And even more so in the summertime, I love to watch the sun come up, have a hot cup of coffee, and get a jump on the day. As crazy as everyone is at our house about Caramel Pecan Sweet Rolls, these Raspberry & Rhubarb Swirl Sweet Rolls may actually be even more of a favorite in the summertime! With all the homemade Rhubarb Jam and Raspberry Rhubarb Jam that I've been making, I'm always looking for new ways to use the sweet and thick preserves in new ways!
And if you love sweet rolls, these sweet little rolls are SO FLUFFY, tender, soft, and just oozing with sweet and tangy raspberry and rhubarb filling in every bite!
These take about four hours from start to finish, which is just about perfect for everyone sleeping around here! There's something so wonderful about the smell of yeast dough rising in the warm sun, and these are so easy to get started! After an hour and a half, they were ready to roll and spread with homemade jam and fresh berries - but you can always use frozen berries if fresh sweet berries are hard to come by.
Roll 'em up tight, cut and place in a baking pan, and they're ready for another 1-1/2 hour quiet time in a sunny window. If you're making these during the cold months, you can also preheat your oven to 300 degrees, turn the oven off, and place the sweet dough in the oven to rise - it will usually add about half an hour longer to your timing.
You can also make these the night before, covering the sliced rolls BEFORE your second rise and keeping them in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, remove from the refrigerator and allow to rise in a warm location for about an hour or so.
A quick 25 minutes in the oven, and your whole home will be smelling so wonderful! Right before you want to serve these, whip up a creamy vanilla glaze and pour over the top and serve warm.
By now, everyone is pretty much awake, and once they get a whiff of these baking, they come running! Such a delicious and sweet way to start their day!
You could also make these with strawberry jam and frozen strawberries, or blueberry preserves and fresh blueberries, or another favorite is peach preserves with FRESH sweet peaches...they're all good!
Hope that you enjoy these as much as we do!