Strawberry Sourdough Sweet Rolls From Scratch

My strawberry sourdough sweet rolls are made from scratch with wholesome ingredients and simple instructions. Each bite is full of sweet sourdough bread, fresh strawberry filling, and berry cream cheese frosting. They’re perfect for breakfast or brunch, especially when friends or family are coming over! 

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Strawberry Sourdough Sweet Rolls Recipe Inspiration

This strawberry sourdough sweet roll recipe is the last recipe of the #brunchtime series here on the blog. I was inspired by the beginning of strawberry season here in middle Tennessee. I knew I wanted to whip up a sweet breakfast that included them.

If you haven’t checked out the rest of the #brunchtime series recipes, I highly recommend it!

Best Strawberry Filling for This Recipe

The best strawberry filling for this recipe is my from-scratch strawberry filling made with fresh berries. It’s super simple and uses wholesome ingredients. It makes these sweet rolls sweet with raw honey!

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My Tips for the Best Sourdough Sweet Rolls

  • Use cold butter for the best result with your sweet roll dough.
  • Use a cheese grater to easily incorporate the butter into the dry ingredients.
  • Use a from-scratch strawberry filling rather than store-bought jam.
  • For a clean cut on each sweet roll, use unflavored dental floss rather than a knife or bench scraper.

Make Ahead Tips

If you’d like to whip these sweet rolls up the night before you need them but want them freshly baked in the morning, I’ve got the perfect tip for you!

Follow the recipe through the step where you cut the dough into 12 sweet rolls. After placing them on a sheet pan, place the pan in the fridge rather than the oven. In the morning, take the pan out of the fridge, preheat the oven, and bake them like the instructions say.

Ingredients You’ll Need

Sweet Rolls

  • fed sourdough starter (fed 4-12 hours prior to using)
  • cold butter
  • unbleached all-purpose flour
  • water
  • salt
  • raw honey
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • milk or cream to brush tops before baking (dairy or dairy-free)

Strawberry Filling

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

Kitchen Tools You’ll Need

How To Make Strawberry Sourdough Sweet Rolls

Make the sweet roll dough.

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Add flour and salt to a large bowl and mix until combined.

Add butter by grating it with a cheese grater or using a fork to cut it into the dry mixture until it’s pebble-size pieces. 

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Add sourdough starter, water, and honey to the dry mixture. Stir until combined. 

Bulk ferment the dough

Cover the bowl with a lid or kitchen towel and let bulk ferment on the counter at room temperature for 6–8 hours (the dough needs to double in size).

Finish the dough.

After bulk fermentation, uncover the dough and sprinkle baking soda and baking powder over it.

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Knead in the baking soda and baking powder by hand (or with kneading attachments on an electric mixer) for 3 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Shape the sweet rolls

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Make the strawberry filling if you’re making it yourself; otherwise, grab the jar of strawberry jam you’ll be using.

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Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface into a rectangle approximately 10″ x 20″.

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With a spatula, evenly spread strawberry filling over the entire rectangle.

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Starting at the shorter 10″ side of the rectangle, begin to roll the dough into a log. Pinch the seam together with your hands and slice the log into 12, 1.5 to 2 inch rolls.

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Place the rolls on a baking sheet (lined with parchment or lightly greased with butter), just barely touching.

At this time, you can either continue the recipe or cover the baking sheet with plastic wrap or a tea towel and pop them in the fridge until the morning to bake.

Bake and frost the sweet rolls

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Brush the tops with 1/3 cup milk or cream and bake for 25–30 minutes.

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During this time of baking, make the frosting by adding strawberry jam, cream cheese, honey, and milk, into a mixing bowl. Mix with a hand mixer until evenly combined.

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Let the sweet rolls cool for 2–5 minutes, add frosting, and enjoy!

Sample Baking Schedule

  • 8:00 AM: Prepare sweet roll dough.
  • 8:15 AM: Bulk ferment the dough.
    • Cover the bowl and let it sit at room temperature for 6–8 hours to double in size.
  • 4:15 PM: Finish the dough.
    • Uncover the dough and sprinkle baking soda and baking powder over it.
    • Knead for 3 minutes.
    • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • 4:20 PM: Shape the sweet rolls.
  • 4:30 PM: Bake the rolls
  • 4:55 PM (or later): Take rolls out of the oven and let cool
  • 5:00 PM: Frost rolls and enjoy!

Storing Sourdough Sweet Rolls

Store cooled-down strawberry sourdough sweet rolls in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can freeze them baked for up to 3 months, or unbaked for 1 month. 

Reheating Sourdough Sweet Rolls

Reheat these sweet rolls at 300 degrees in the oven for 5-8 minutes. It makes them so delicious without ruining the texture. 

How to Serve Sweet Rolls

You can serve these sweet rolls in many ways. Serve them for breakfast with a cup of coffee or a side of bacon. You could also serve them with homemade hash browns or potato crisps.

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Recipe FAQ

What pan should I use for these rolls? Can I use a pie pan?

You can use a sheet pan or cookie sheet for these sweet rolls. You can use a pie pan or casserole dish, but they will take longer to bake if they’re squished in there. 

My strawberry rolls didn’t rise and were very dense. What happened?

It sounds like they didn’t finish the bulk fermentation process. The dough should double in size during this. If your house is colder than 70 degrees, give it 10–12 hours to ferment at room temperature. 

How can I tell when the strawberry sourdough rolls are finished baking?

You can use a toothpick to insert it into the middle of the sweet rolls, and if it comes out clean (besides the strawberry filling), they’re done. They should be a light golden brown.

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Strawberry Sourdough Sweet Rolls From Scratch

Molly LaFontaine
My strawberry sourdough sweet rolls are made from scratch with wholesome ingredients and simple instructions. Each bite is full of sweet sourdough bread, fresh strawberry filling, and berry cream cheese frosting. They're perfect for breakfast or brunch, especially when friends or family are coming over! 
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Bulk Ferment 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 45 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Sourdough
Servings 12 sweet rolls

Ingredients
  

Rolls

  • 1/2 cup fed sourdough starter (fed 4-12 hours prior to using)
  • 8 Tbsp cold butter
  • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp raw honey
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 cup milk or cream to brush tops before baking (dairy or dairy-free)

Filling

  • 3/4 cup strawberry filling/jam (homemade or store bought)

Strawberry frosting

  • 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/2 cup strawberry jam/filling (homemade or store bought)
  • 1 tsp milk (dairy or dairy-free)
  • 3 tsp raw honey
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Instructions
 

Make the sweet roll dough.

  • Add flour and salt to a large bowl and mix until combined.
  • Add butter by grating it with a cheese grater or using a fork to cut it into the dry mixture until it’s pebble-size pieces.
  • Add sourdough starter, water, and honey to the dry mixture. Stir until combined.

Bulk ferment the dough

  • Cover the bowl with a lid or kitchen towel and let bulk ferment on the counter at room temperature for 6–8 hours (the dough needs to double in size).

Finish the dough.

  • After bulk fermentation, uncover the dough and sprinkle baking soda and baking powder over it.
  • Knead in the baking soda and baking powder by hand (or with kneading attachments on an electric mixer) for 3 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Shape the sweet rolls

  • Make the strawberry filling if you’re making it yourself; otherwise, grab the jar of strawberry jam you’ll be using.
  • Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface into a rectangle approximately 10″ x 20″.
  • With a spatula, evenly spread strawberry filling over the entire rectangle.
  • Starting at the shorter 10" side of the rectangle, begin to roll the dough into a log. Pinch the seam together with your hands and slice the log into 12, 1.5-2 inch rolls.
  • Place the rolls on a baking sheet (lined with parchment or lightly greased with butter), just barely touching
  • At this time, you can either continue the recipe or cover the baking sheet with plastic wrap or a tea towel and pop them in the fridge until the morning to bake.

Bake and frost the sweet rolls.

  • Brush the tops with 1/3 cup milk or cream and bake for 25–30 minutes.
  • During this time of baking, make the frosting by adding strawberry jam, cream cheese, honey, and milk into a mixing bowl. Mix with a hand mixer until evenly combined.
  • Let the sweet rolls cool for 2–5 minutes, add frosting, and enjoy!

Notes

Best Strawberry Filling for This Recipe

The best strawberry filling for this recipe is my from-scratch strawberry filling made with fresh berries. It’s super simple and uses wholesome ingredients. It makes these sweet rolls sweet with raw honey!

Make Ahead Tips

If you’d like to whip these sweet rolls up the night before you need them but want them freshly baked in the morning, I’ve got the perfect tip for you!
Follow the recipe through the step where you cut the dough into 12 sweet rolls. After placing them on a sheet pan, place the pan in the fridge rather than the oven. In the morning, take the pan out of the fridge, preheat the oven, and bake them like the instructions say.

Sample Baking Schedule

  • 8:00 AM: Prepare sweet roll dough.
  • 8:15 AM: Bulk ferment the dough.
    • Cover the bowl and let it sit at room temperature for 6–8 hours to double in size.
  • 4:15 PM: Finish the dough.
    • Uncover the dough and sprinkle baking soda and baking powder over it.
    • Knead for 3 minutes.
    • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • 4:20 PM: Shape the sweet rolls.
  • 4:30 PM: Bake the rolls
  • 4:55 PM (or later): Take rolls out of the oven and let cool
  • 5:00 PM: Frost rolls and enjoy!
Keyword sourdough sweet rolls, strawberry sourdough sweet rolls
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