Enjoy these rolls as a sweet treat with cream cheese icing or without the icing served alongside your favourite cheese for a savoury snack. Happy baking.
Prep time: 3 hours
Cook time: 2.5 hours
Yield: 3 cups of jam; 16 buns
For the rhubarb jam
700 g rhubarb, chopped
175 ml water
6 tbsp honey
1 tsp fresh thyme, chopped
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp cornstarch + 1/2 tbsp water
Put all the ingredients, except the cornstarch and water, into a saucepot and simmer on low for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
In a small bowl make a slurry out of the 1 tbsp cornstarch + 1/2 tbsp water and whisk this into the jam, while it is boiling, to thicken it.
Remove from the heat and let cool completely in the refrigerator, or it can be frozen for later use.
For the Rolls:
4 cups all-purpose flour
1.5 tsp salt
3 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp yeast, dry active
400ml warm water
2 Cups rhubarb jam
In a large bowl mix the flour, sugar, and salt.
Prepare a standing mixer with the dough hook attachment and add the olive oil to the bowl.
Measure the warm water, add the yeast, and stir. Allow the yeast to melt completely, about 1 minute, and add this to the olive oil.
Turn the mixer on low speed and slowly add the flour mixture. Once the flour is incorporated let the dough mix for approximately 10 minutes, until the dough feels soft and smooth.
Remove the dough, form it into a ball, place it into a bowl sprayed with pan spray and cover it with plastic wrap.
Let the dough proof in a warm place for 55 minutes, until it has doubled in size.
Preheat an oven to 350°F and prepare a muffin tin sprayed with pan spray.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and roll it out into a large rectangle.
Spread the jam over three-quarters of the dough leaving the top quarter without jam.
Beat the egg in a small bowl and using a pastry brush paint the top edge of the dough with the egg.
Starting at the bottom, roll the dough up into a large log, sealing it at the egg-washed edge.
Using a sharp knife cut the log into 16 even-sized pieces and put the pieces into the prepared muffin pan, cut side up.
Let the buns proof again for approximately 30 minutes in a warm place, until they have almost doubled in size and bake the buns for 18-20 minutes until they are golden brown.
Allow the buns to cool on the counter before icing them.
Cream Cheese Icing:
250g cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup icing sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
Pinch of salt
Whisk together the cream cheese, icing sugar, vanilla, and a pinch of salt until smooth.
When the buns have cooled ice them and enjoy!