Pretty much everyone on the planet has had a cinnamon roll or knows what it is. But a lot of people are newer to the concept of a sweet roll. Essentially it’s a cinnamon roll with a different filling. Sweet rolls can be filled with anything! Chocolate, jam, fruit, the possibilities are endless. I love fruit filled ones, especially in summer when the fruit is super sweet and in season. Nothing says summer like peaches, so peach rolls here we come!
The first time making these I wanted them to be bursting with fresh peach flavor. Is there anything better than a ripe peach in the middle of summer? I finely diced up peaches and mixed them with cinnamon, sugar, spread it on my dough, rolled and cut them. As they were proofing it occurred to me.. this isn’t going to work.
Mixing the fruit with sugar was causing it to macerate and release a lot of liquid. Now, I did want the peaches softer but unfortunately all that liquid was soaked up by the dough and resulted in a soggy, under-baked roll. The flavor was perfect but I had to figure out how to get it into the rolls without them becoming soggy.
This summer I made Peach Butter. Now, peach butter is great on it’s own and can be used for things like toast etc. but it was perfect for these rolls. Because the fruit is cooked down, the liquid isn’t a problem. You have fresh peach flavor, and since I made my peach butter with spices like cinnamon, it’s all you have to spread on these for the filling.
Peach Rolls Key Ingredients
- Peach Butter – You don’t have to use my recipe if you already have a favorite, but this one will have all the good spices already added and pair so well with the frosting. If you don’t have the time to make it you could probably substitute a peach preserves or jam. I linked the recipe above.
- Cookie Butter – Cookie butter has sort of a cinnamon and caramel flavor that goes perfectly with the peaches. It almost makes these rolls taste like a peach cobbler.
- Bread Flour – You can use all purpose but I always prefer bread flour. Bread flour is able to absorb more liquid as well as create a little more structure. This is going to give you super soft, super fluffy rolls.
- 330 g Bread flour 2¾ cups
- 1 tsp Sea salt
- 2 tsp Instant yeast
- 2 tbsp Granulated sugar
- 1 large Egg + 1 yolk room temperature
- ⅔ cup Whole or 2% milk warmed
- 3 tbsp Unsalted butter softened
- ⅓ cup Peach butter room temperature
- 1 tbsp Salted butter melted
- 60 g Cookie butter ¼ cup
- 3 tbsp Heavy Cream
- ½ cup Powdered sugar
- In the bowl of your stand mixer, with dough hook attached, add flour, salt, yeast, sugar, egg and additional yolk, and milk. Mix on low until dough comes together.
- Add half of softened butter in and mix until incorporated into the dough and then add remaining butter.
- Mix dough on low-medium until dough is smooth and soft, and no longer sticking to the sides of the bowl.
- Remove dough from bowl, and shape into a ball. Lightly grease bowl, and place dough inside, covering. Place in a warm spot to rise for 90-120 minutes or until dough has doubled in size.
- Line a 9 inch square pan, preferably metal, with parchment. Set aside.
- Punch down the dough and place on your work space. Roll out the dough into a 10×15 inch rectangle.
- Spread your peach butter over the surface, leaving a ½ inch border on the short sides and all the way to the edge on the long sides.
- Roll your dough up on the short side into a log, pinching the seams to seal.
- Using either a serrated knife or thread/unflavored dental floss, cut your dough into 9 equal pieces.
- Place each roll into your prepared pan. Cover your pan and allow to rise for another 30-45 minutes. The rolls will be puffy and larger.
- Preheat your oven to 350°F while your rolls proof.
- When ready, place your rolls into the oven on the center rack and bake for about 25 minutes. The rolls will be lightly golden on top.
- While your peach rolls cool, prepare your frosting. In a small bowl or measuring cup, add your butter and cookie butter and microwave for about 20 seconds. Whisk them together.
- Add your cream and powdered sugar and whisk until you have a thick but pourable frosting.
- Drizzle over your peach rolls. Enjoy!