Lemon Sweet Rolls are soft, sweet bread, rolled into pinwheels with a buttery, lemon sugar filling. Then they are lovingly smothered in a zesty lemon cream cheese icing.
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Regardless of the temperature outdoors, I’m a year ’round baking kind of girl. Yes, I know that turning on the oven heats up the house. I realize that even though we are blessed with air conditioning, the unit has to work that much harder when I’m using the oven for hours at a time. I know all of the logical reasons of why I shouldn’t bake in warmer weather, but I have a very compelling reason to ignore all logic and get that butter softening on the counter so that I can get to work.
An ooey, gooey, soft and lemony-sweet reason.
Lemon Sweet Rolls are worth setting an alarm and getting up early to bake before the heat of the day has permeated the house.
Now, y’all know that I don’t proclaim that sort of foolishness lightly. I don’t get up any earlier than I absolutely have to, because mornings happens a little too darn early for my liking. I only get up extra early when I must attend to Very Important Matters. But these Lemon Sweet Rolls? These Lemon Sweet Rolls are a have to reason to wake up early, if ever there was one.
I mean, COME ON! Just look at that lemon cream cheese icing oozing down the side! If that drop of icing isn’t tempting you, then I’m not sure that we know each other at all.
I’ve always viewed baking as an extension of myself. Creating with dough is how I express my feelings for the people closest to me. I blend a lot of love in with the floury, buttery, sugary treats that come out of my kitchen. What better way to show my family how much they mean to me than to get up at dawn and bake them a little something sweet to start the day?
Believe me when I tell you that nobody understands what a sacrifice it is for me to set the alarm gawd-awful-early for any reason more than my family does. They’re the ones that have to live with my-non-coffee-drinking-self while I clear the cobwebs of sleep from my head, making myself fit for polite society.
I need an hour of quiet to unscramble my brain from dreams about zebras swimming in our pool, or the one where Jim Halpert knocks on the door and begs my boys to teach him how to play soccer. Yes, so that he can beat Dwight Schrute for the last spot on the US Men’s National Team. If my morning quiet hour is interrupted, I’m liable to send a couple of sons out to pick up after the zebras in the yard. Then I’m liable to send the other two boys out to make sure that soccer cones were put away after the non-existent midnight training session with a fictional character from The Office.
Welcome to the potpourri that is my sleeping mind, a.k.a. one of the reasons that Bacon Slayer continues to try to convince me to become a coffee drinker. He insists that a jolt of caffeine clears the fog much more quickly than when I’m left to my own devices. I’d be all over the morning java thing if only it didn’t taste so much like…coffee.
So really, I’m doing everyone a favor by getting up early to make Lemon Sweet Rolls for the family. Lemon Sweet Rolls are sliced, soft sweet bread rolled into pinwheels with a buttery, lemon sugar filling and topped with a zesty lemon cream cheese icing. Think of them as a lighter, brighter version of homemade cinnamon rolls.
Lemon Sweet Rolls are a delightfully sweet and tangy start to the day.
I’m told that they are extra excellent when served along with a cup of coffee.