Steam-Baked Lemon Sweet Rolls

Precious Nkeih
Precious Nkeih
May 11, 2022
Fluffy and topped with a lemony cream cheese frosting, these lemon sweet rolls are the perfect breakfast recipe. They’re also relatively quick to make, since this recipe uses the Anova Precision Oven’s proof setting to quickly rise, along with a steamy, convection bake for perfectly fluffy rolls every time.
Prep Time
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Steam-Baked Lemon Sweet Rolls
4 (2)
For the Rolls
4 cups (560g)
all-purpose flour, plus more for the counter
1.5 cups (360g)
lukewarm whole milk
½ cup (100g)
granulated sugar, divided
7 Tbsp (98g)
unsalted butter, 3 Tbsp (42g) melted (for dough) and 4 Tbsp (56g) softened (for filling dough)
1 large
1 Tbsp (12g)
active dry yeast
1 tsp
1 Tbsp
lemon zest, from 1 large lemon, plus more for garnish
For the Frosting
8 oz (227g)
cream cheese, softened
8 Tbsp (113g)
unsalted butter, softened
½ cup (60g)
powdered sugar, sifted
2.5 Tbsp
fresh lemon juice

1. Make the Dough

Combine the flour, milk, 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, melted butter, egg, yeast, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment. Knead on medium speed until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 7 minutes. The dough will still be sticky.
Make the Dough

2. Roll Dough and Add Filling

Transfer the dough to a generously floured counter. Roll into a rectangle measuring approximately 10 by 18 inches (25 by 46cm). Whisk together the remaining granulated sugar with the lemon zest in a small bowl. Dot the 4 tablespoons softened butter over the dough. Spread evenly, leaving a border of about 1/2 inch around the sides. Sprinkle the sugar-zest mixture evenly over the butter.
Roll Dough and Add Filling

3. Cut Rolls

Starting from one long end, roll the dough up into a log. Use a sharp knife or bench scraper to cut the log into 12 equal rolls. Place on a parchment- or silicone mat-lined sheet pan.
Cut Rolls

4. Let Dough Rise

Transfer to the oven and turn it on. Let the rolls rise in the oven until doubled in size, about 1 hour. Remove the rolls from the oven.
Let Dough Rise
Sous Vide Mode: Off
Steam: 60%
Temp: 81°F
Heat: Rear
01:00 Timer

5. Adjust the Oven for Baking

Sous Vide Mode: Off
Steam: 20%
Temp: 350°F
Heat: Rear

6. Bake Rolls

Once the oven is hot, return the rolls to the middle rack and bake until golden brown, about 18 minutes.
Bake Rolls
Sous Vide Mode: Off
Steam: 20%
Temp: 350°F
Heat: Rear
00:18 Timer

7. Make Frosting

While the rolls bake, make the frosting. Combine the cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, and lemon juice in a large bowl or clean stand mixer bowl. Beat on medium speed until smooth and well combined.
Make Frosting

8. Frost and Serve

Evenly spread the frosting over the warm rolls. Garnish with lemon zest and serve.
Frost and Serve
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