Raspberry Sweet Rolls with Bonne Maman Preserves

Raspberry Sweet Rolls featuring Bonne Maman Raspberry Preserves | TheSpicyBee

This post is sponsored by Bonne Maman Preserves. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Fruit preserves are one of the most versatile items in a kitchen. They keep well, and can be added to any meal of the day–but my favorite use is, of course, adding preserves to breakfast dishes. Traditional, I know, but there’s something about having a variety of jellies to choose from for my scone, biscuit, or toast that I really love. So I thought recently–why couldn’t I extend this philosophy to more complex recipes I enjoy? Enter: Raspberry Sweet Rolls (think like cinnamon rolls, but with preserves!).

And so today I get to share with you my favorite recipe for sweet rolls featuring Bonne Maman Raspberry Preserves, which is the sponsor of this post. I have been very impressed with their products, which align with my food preferences for no GMOs, no HFC (high-fructose corn syrup) or other additives, and while it doesn’t apply to this specific use, the preserves are gluten-free. Bonne Maman, french for Grandmother or Granny, is very reminiscent of homemade jarred jellies and preserves. 

Bonne Maman also has a very fun giveaway going on right now where they are giving away a 12-piece Le Creuset cookware set (among other things), and if you know me, you know that the rolls I made were in my favorite multi-use roaster by none other than–Le Creuset!




 

Now that you’ve been introduced to Bonne Maman–let’s talk sweet rolls. This recipe is much more straightforward than it may first appear, and I think even if you’ve never made sweet rolls or their very close cousin, cinnamon rolls, you can have a lot of success with this recipe in particular. Please do yourself a favor, however, and read through the entire recipe prior to signing on because it is an odd balance of active an inactive time totaling to about 4-4 1/2 hours. I have bolded the timing below to help it jump out more because I found myself referring back to books a lot when researching this process and timing is key.

Raspberry Sweet Rolls with Bonne Maman Preserves

Raspberry Sweet Rolls featuring Bonne Maman Raspberry Preserves | TheSpicyBee
Ingredients

Dough

  • 1 c Whole milk
  • 1 1/2 T Active yeast
  • 2/3 c Sugar
  • 1/2 c Butter, unsalted and sliced
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 t Salt
  • 1 t Fresh lemon zest, grated
  • 4 1/4 c All purpose flour
  • Nonstick spray or additional softened butter for greasing the pan

Filling

Glaze

  • 3 T Butter, unsalted
  • 1 1/2 T Heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 c Powdered sugar
  • 1 Vanilla bean or 1/4 t vanilla bean paste

Tools

  • Small saucepan
  • Digital thermometer
  • Stand mixer with dough hook
  • Large bowl
  • Rolling pin
  • Baking twine or unflavored dental floss
  • Large (9×13) baking dish
  • Parchment paper

Method

Begin by heating the milk to 95°F in a small saucepan over low heat. Keep track of the temperature using a digital thermometer. Meanwhile, equip the mixer with a dough hook, and portion out the yeast and sugar as the next steps will go quickly. Once the thermometer hits the noted temperature, transfer the milk to the mixer’s bowl; using a spoon, mix in first the sugar, then yeast. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes with the mixer off. During this time, collect the butter, lemon zest, and flour.

Turn the mixer to a medium-low speed, and begin by adding the butter, then zest, and finally, the flour–1 cup at a time, incorporating up to 90% prior to adding the next batch. Do not be afraid to stop the mixer halfway through adding the flour and scrape down the sides using a spatula to ensure things are fully incorporated. Once the flour addition is complete, turn the mixer up 1 level to medium and allow it to mix for the next 8-10 minutes, stopping to scrape down the sides halfway through. After the time has elapsed, move the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead 2-3 times before transferring the dough to a large buttered bowl and cover with cling wrap. Allow to rest for 1 1/2-2 hours. During this time, the dough will nearly double in size.

Raspberry Sweet Rolls featuring Bonne Maman Raspberry Preserves | TheSpicyBee

Move the dough to a large lightly floured surface and roll out using a rolling pin (flour this too to be safe), to approximately 10 inches by 24 inches, approximately 1/4 inches thick. Prepare the baking pan by spraying it with nonstick spray or buttering it, and place a parchment sheet at the bottom of the pan. 

Back to the dough, spread the preserves across the dough, covering all of it EXCEPT for a line of dough at the top of your workstation–i.e. leave an inch of empty dough at the top border of your dough. This will make it a lot easier to close off the roll at the end. Before you begin to roll it up though–remember to sprinkle the lemon zest over the the preserves on the dough, distributing evenly. 

Rolling things up is the most challenging part of the recipe, so before beginning this process, prepare a 12 inch piece of baker’s twine and have the baking pan prepped and near the work station. Begin rolling the dough up from the long end up going away from you to make one long roll. Go quickly as the dough will settle quickly. Once rolled up completely, close out the roll, and using the baking twine, cut the rolls up. Here’s a very helpful video to communicate this process. If you do not have floss or twine, you can use a very sharp knife, however, be warned, it will be messy!

Arrange the rolls into the baking pan and spoon on any additional jelly you lost into the creases of the rolls. Now ready for its final resting phase, move the full pan to a warm undisturbed spot for 2 hours of rest. If you’re like me, know that 90 minutes will suffice in a hurry, but if you have the time to spare, it’s worth the wait! I like to warm my oven up to about 180°F and then turn it off and crack the door for a moment before adding the rolls and closing the door completely, thus putting things out of sight and out of mind.

Once the time has passed, remove the rolls from the oven if you were storing them there, and preheat the oven to 425°F. You will note that at this point, the rolls have filled the pan rather nicely. You may even find that they look very cramped in their pan–you can do something about it! using a second set of hands and the parchment paper for assistance, move the rolls to the next size up oiled pan if you need to. I mention this as I originally tested this recipe with a beautiful oval baking dish and found myself in need of a larger home for the rolls–hence, my suggestion of a 9×13 pan. 

Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the tops are golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool for 30 minutes. During this time you can make the vanilla glaze. To do this, melt the 3 tablespoons of butter over low heat, then remove from heat and whisk in cream, vanilla, then powdered sugar (1/4 cup at a time). If using a vanilla bean, slice it open and remove the innards using the back of a knife (I personally prefer the paste as it’s hard to come by good fresh vanilla beans–most you will find will be old and dried out). Top the rolls with the glaze at your leisure.

LPT (life pro-tip): Have a kitchen torch on hand and torch the glaze upon adding it to the rolls–this will liquify and caramelize things nicely and impress guests!

This recipe makes approximately 20 rolls and serves 8-10. Store leftovers at room temperature in an airtight container.

Raspberry Sweet Rolls featuring Bonne Maman Raspberry Preserves | TheSpicyBee

 

What is it that You do Again?

I, of course, thought it appropriate for a quick update of the human variety.

It is spring–and I have taken turn to a new position with a new company, and I’ve decided to spend most of my evenings (as of late) reading or watching Netflix or even out visiting with friends. I surely haven’t stopped cooking–nor stopped eating! Should you be interested in keeping up with things day-to-day my Instagram is the easiest place to hang out together.

 

While you are–I can only hope–enriching yourself similarly–here are some fun pieces of information that might enrich things for you. Some of my favorite shows I’ve watched recently are actually quite worth your time, assuming you have similar tastes, of course:

  1. The Crown – (Netflix) An amazing historical fiction series about the most recent Queen Elizabeth ascending to the thrown in the 1950’s. If you enjoyed Downton Abbey this new show will delight you most of the time, yet perhaps bore on rare occasion.
  2. The OA – (Netflix) Trippy, beautiful series that stretches towards a very science fiction-y end about halfway through the first season. If you have ever enjoyed science fiction you will love the series–it’s thought-provoking, existential and fabulous.
  3. Stranger Things – (Netflix) Another great science fiction series that is set in the 80’s and joyfully reminiscent of my childhood.  
  4. Better Call Saul – (AMC & back for a new season!!) Start with Breaking Bad or you surely will be lost to it all.
  5. Master of None – (Netflix) Oh Aziz Ansari–what CAN’T you do?! It’s a coming of age show that will strike a familiar cord with all who give it a chance to. Aziz gives a fresh humor to life’s awkward moments and will make you appreciate your parents more.
  6. Abstract: The Art of Design – (Netflix) a series on art and design that the creative side will enjoy like popcorn at the movies. Not a show to watch just before bed–stay sharp and watch this masterpiece earlier in the day.

You may notice there are no food shows on this list–no Great British Baking Show,  Chef’s Table or Parts Unknown. While amazing shows in and of themselves, I’m guessing these are old news to you as well. If not–I’ve linked them so that you may enjoy them for yourself.

What are you watching?

Spicy Pork Sliders with Toby’s Jalapeño Ranch Slaw

Spicy Pork Sliders with Toby's Jalapeño Ranch Slaw

This post is sponsored by Toby’s Family Foods. All thoughts, photos, and opinions are my own.

Let’s take a moment and talk about the meaning of finger food–it’s food that’s meant to be handled in one’s hands–for this purpose, all things dubbed “finger food” should be able to be eaten in 3-4 bites and is acceptable to eat with one’s hands without embarrassment. Most people’s minds go to the typical party fare we all know and love–veggies and dip, wings, cheese and crackers, and chips and guacamole (did you know 139 million pounds of avocados are consumed thanks to the big game this weekend? (source)). I would like to turn the attention to one of my favorite party items: sliders.

I wanted to cover something that wouldn’t have you frantically sorting through green avocados the day before the big game. These pulled pork sliders have components that shine even on their own; I am, therefore, going to break down the recipe in sections, and allow you to build it how you would like. 

If creating this recipe for game day, Here’s how I would go about it to allow for ample prep time. Double the jalapeño batch and use throughout the week for menu planning (these will go great on burgers, nachos, sandwiches, eggs, and a lot more). Prep the beef two days prior, cook one day prior, and transfer to your trusty crockpot to keep heated throughout the game the day of. Make the slaw one day prior, to allow the flavors to marry and mellow in the fridge for up to 24 hours. A slaw given the chance to break down a bit will always have better flavor than a brand new batch.

This spicy pork sliders recipe features a zesty jalapeño ranch slaw, the base of which is jalapeño ranch salad dressing by Toby’s Family Foods

 

Spicy Pork Sliders with Toby’s Jalapeño Ranch Slaw

Spicy Pork Sliders with Toby's Jalapeño Ranch Slaw

Ingredients

Quick-Pickled Jalapeños

  • 8-10 Jalapeños, sliced thin using a sharp knife or mandolin
  • 3/4 C Water
  • 3/4 C Distilled Vinegar
  • 3 T White sugar
  • 1 T Kosher salt
  • 2 Cloves garlic, smashed

For the Meat

  • 2.5-3lb Pork shoulder
  • 1 1/2 T Smoked paprika
  • 1/2 T Garlic powder
  • 1/2 T Brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 T Course sea salt
  • 1/2 T Dry mustard
  • 1 T Maple syrup
  • 3 Dozen slider buns

Zesty Ranch Slaw

  • 3 C Slaw mix (if from scratch, 1 c shredded red cabbage, 1/2 c shredded kale, 1 c shredded green cabbage)
  • 1/3 C Toby’s Jalapeño Ranch
  • 2 T Mayonnaise
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 1/2 t Salt
  • Fresh cracked pepper to taste

Method

Jalapeños

Start with the Jalapeños–these can be pickled up to a week ahead of time. Combine everything but the jalapeños and garlic into a medium pot and bring to a boil. Assemble the jalapeños and garlic into a sanitized quart-sized mason jar and pour the boiling liquid over the jalapeños. Using a chopstick (or other skinny long stick-shaped item), press to the bottom of the jar, shaking as you go. Doing this releases bubbles of air from the jar, which will improve the seal on the jar (thus the longevity of the can). Place the lid tightly on the jar and allow to first cool to room temperature, then refrigerate until needed.

Meat

For the meat, mix the herbs and spread generously to the cut of meat. Place in shallow bowl and cover with foil. Refrigerate for at leas 1 hour, overnight if you have enough time. Once ready to cook, preheat the oven to 300ºF, and transfer the meat from the bowl to a deep pan or dutch oven and move to the oven. Bake for 2-4 hours, checking the internal temperature revery 30 minutes past the second hour until the internal temperature of the meat is 170ºF and meat is easily torn.

Spicy Pork Sliders with Toby's Jalapeño Ranch Slaw

Tear the meat using two forks, and stir in the maple syrup–seasoning again to taste with salt and pepper, then setting aside until it’s time to build your sliders.

Slaw

While the meat is in the oven, it’s best to start the slaw, that way it is time to marinate in the fridge. Combine all of the slaw ingredients, stir, and season to taste. Next, refrigerate until needed. When it comes time to build the sliders, toast the buns–remember that gluten free buns can be subbed in, and with that alteration, this recipe can be made GF. Build the sliders topping with as many pickled jalapeños as you’d like.

This recipe serves 10.

Spicy Pork Sliders with Toby's Jalapeño Ranch Slaw

Spicy Pork Sliders with Toby's Jalapeño Ranch Slaw