Strawberry-Basil Sweet Rolls

Garden-fresh berries and herbs make these goodies just the thing to serve this spring.

Strawberry-Basil Sweet Rolls
Makes 12
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 cup cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1½ tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 (0.25-ounce) package instant yeast
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups warm whole buttermilk (120° to 130°)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup strawberry preserves
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 cup sliced small fresh strawberries
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • Strawberry Glaze (recipe follows)
Strawberry Glaze
  • 1¼ cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon strawberry preserves
  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Lightly spray a 13×9-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, place 3 cups flour. Using a pastry blender, cut in cold butter until crumbly; refrigerate.
  3. In another large bowl, whisk together remaining 3 cups flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, yeast, and baking soda. Stir in warm buttermilk just until combined. Let cool 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in butter mixture until dough forms. Knead dough until flour is fully incorporated. (Dough will be slightly sticky.)
  4. Turn out dough onto a heavily floured surface. Roll into an 18×12-inch rectangle. Brush melted butter onto dough. Spread strawberry preserves onto butter, leaving a border on one long side. Sprinkle with basil. Starting at long side opposite border, gently roll up dough, jelly roll style; pinch seam to seal. Place seam side down and shape log to 18 inches long and even thickness, if necessary. Using a serrated knife dipped in flour, cut dough into 12 (1½-inch-thick) slices. Turn slices, cut side up, and evenly place strawberry slices inside the swirls, with tips sticking out about ¼ inch. Place slices in prepared pan.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together egg and 1 teaspoon water; brush egg wash on top of rolls.
  6. Bake until golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Spread Strawberry Glaze onto rolls. Serve warm.
Strawberry Glaze
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients until smooth.