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Blueberry Twisted Bread Rolls Recipe

Blueberry Twisted Bread Rolls start with a soft and tender sweet dough that’s stuffed with blueberry cream. This easy twisted bread is stunning on any table.

Top down view of a blueberry twist roll sitting on a white plate over a blue napkin over a wooden background. A basket of blueberries are behind the plate with more rolls in the background. - Hostess At Heart
Blueberry Twisted Bread Recipe

Blueberry Twist Bread Rolls look bakery beautiful. I’ll show you how easy it is to easily braid these rolls into the shape you want.

What I love about spiral twist bread rolls

The yeast dough is so simple to make and is soft and smooth making a tender, melt-in-your-mouth roll.

They’re perfect for the holidays or any time of year. I love making them and putting them in the freezer. When we have overnight guests, they definitely feel pampered being served the beautiful rolls.

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Blueberry Twist Bread doesn’t have a lot of fancy ingredients or take a lot of special equipment to make.

We used baking sheets and covered them with parchment paper for easy cleanup. I like sliding them right off the baking sheet onto a cooling rack.

I also like a sturdy stainless spatula for picking up the rolls and putting them on the baking sheets.

Close-up view of a Blueberry Twist Roll sitting on a white plate.

Ingredients you’ll need for Blueberry Twisted Bread Recipe

Sweet Twist Bread Dough

  • Whole milk
  • Instant yeast 
  • Large eggs
  • Unsalted butter
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • All-purpose flour

Blueberry Pastry Cream

  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Egg yolks
  • Lemon juice
  • Fresh blueberries

How to make blueberry twist sweet dough recipe

Making Sweet dough is easier than many dough recipes. It’s a soft buttery dough that is easy to handle. It’s not as delicate as some sweet roll dough such as brioche.

I do recommend that you use an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Here’s how we made our Blueberry Twist Sweet Dough.

  1. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, combine the sugar and beaten egg. Blend everything together.
  2. Add the yeast, salt, and butter. Mix slowly while drizzling in the scalded milk.
    • Scalded milk is any milk variety that’s been heated to 180°F and then we allow it to cool. The milk used to be scalded before pasteurization to kill bacteria. While you don’t have to scald the milk, we believe that it adds a soft texture and airiness to the sweet bread dough
  3. With the mixer on its lowest setting, gradually add the flour until you can handle it without it sticking to your hands. This can be 4 to 6 cups. Don’t add more than you need or the dough will become tough.
  4. Put the dough in an oiled bowl and cover it with a towel or plastic wrap at room temperature until the dough rises 30% to 50%, approximately 90 minutes.
  5. Fill and shape your Blueberry Twist rolls and let them rise on a covered baking sheet until puffy, approximately 60 minutes.

If you have temperature issues when raising any yeast dough, I really recommend the Raisenne® Dough Riser our dough. It speeds up the raising time while leaving the dough soft and fluffy.

If you’d still like a little help, we made a detailed video in our Soft Kifli Nut Rolls Recipe

Close-up view of a Blueberry Twist Roll split in half showing the blueberry scream filling.

How to make Blueberry Pastry Cream

Our Blueberry Pastry Cream is not a fussy recipe. The best tip that I can give you is to do one of two things:

  1. Let the cream mixture cool before drizzling it in to the egg mixture, OR
  2. Drizzle the cream very slowly into the egg mixture.

If you pour hot cream over eggs, you’re going to have scrambled eggs. The slow drizzle is known as tempering.

You’ll also want to remove the Blueberry Pastry Cream from the heat just as soon as it becomes thick. Once it’s thick, it will burn or start to stick.

If you’re not a blueberry fan, try another berry. Strawberries would be delicious.

Tips for the perfect Blueberry Twist Rolls

  • Our rolls start with 9×5 sized pieces of sweet dough. We found that this was a manageable size. You could make them smaller but I wouldn’t go larger.
    • You can reroll the scraps together to make additional twist rolls.
  • Don’t overfill the pastry cream. By doing so, you will just lose it when it squishes out as you roll it.
  • When you shape your twist rolls, keep them relatively tight without loose gaps.
  • The dough is easier to roll and cut if it’s slightly cool. If you have a granite or marble cutting board or countertop, that works well for rolling out sweet dough.
  • These Blueberry Twist Bread Rolls aren’t sweet like a traditional pastry such as a donut. If you want to add a little sweetness, you can drizzle them with a simple glaze, or sprinkle the tops with turbinado after the egg glaze.

How to shape bread twists

Two round blueberry twist rolls and one twist long twist roll sitting on a white tray. Scattered blueberries are around around the rolls.

In the video I show you how to shape these twist rolls. To make spiral twist bread rolls don’t connect the ends. You can just leave them as a long “twist” or get really fancy and braid them!

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Close-up view of a Blueberry Twist Roll sitting on a white plate.

Storing and Reheating Blueberry Yeast Rolls

This blueberry twist bread recipe makes approximately 24 braided bread rolls. Because of the pastry cream, I recommend that they be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

These rolls freeze great. Place them in an airtight container such as a reclosable freezer-grade bag for up to 3 months. Thaw rolls briefly at room temperature or overnight in the refrigerator.

Blueberry twist rolls can be reheated using short 30-second increments in the microwave.

If you tried this delicious recipe, don’t forget to rate it and leave me a comment letting me know what you think. I love hearing from you!

Top down view of a blueberry twist roll sitting on a white plate over a blue napkin over a wooden background. Blueberries are scattered around the plate with more rolls in the background.

Blueberry Twisted Bread Roll Recipe

Author: Julie Menghini
Blueberry Twist Bread Rolls start with a soft and tender sweet dough that's stuffed with blueberry cream. This easy twisted bread is stunning on any table.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 25 mins
Proof time 2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 55 mins
Course American, Hungarian
Cuisine Bread, Breakfast
Keyword: Twist Bread
Servings: 24 rolls

Ingredients
 
 

Sweet Twist Bread Dough

  • 1 cup whole milk scalded
  • 2 1/4 tsp instant yeast 1 packet
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 5 cups flour all-purpose *4-6 cups

Blueberry Filling

  • ¾ cups cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup blueberries

Egg Wash Finish

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp water
  • 1 tbsp turbinado sugar sugar in the raw (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Scald milk by bringing it to 180 °F in a small saucepan, for about 5 minutes on medium heat. Refrigerate the milk until the temperature is lowered to 110 °F, 12 to 15 minutes.
  • In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, combine the sugar and eggs and mix until thoroughly combined. Add the yeast, butter, and salt. With the mixer on low, stream in the scaled milk.
  • Add flour one scoop at a time, with the mixer on it's lowest setting, until the dough is manageable. *This may be less or more than 5 cups.
  • Put the dough in an oiled bowl and cover it to rise until it increases 30% to 50% in volume, approximately 90 minutes.

Blueberry Filling

  • In a medium saucepan, warm the milk over medium heat. In a medium saucepan, warm the milk over medium heat. Cook until a skin forms. Remove the pan from the heat.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the sugar, flour, and salt, then whisk in the egg yolks.
  • In a thin stream, slowly whisk in the warm milk. Return this mixture back to the saucepan and add the blueberries. Cook over medium heat until the mixture is extremely thick and gluey, about 5 minutes.
  • Press a piece of plastic wrap over the surface of the pastry cream to keep a skin from forming. Let cool and then refrigerate until ready to use.

Shaping and Assembly

  • Remove raised dough and roll it out. Cut into approximately 9×5 squares.
  • Spread the pastry cream filling onto each square. Roll the square into a tight cylinder but not so tight that the filling oozes out.
  • Cut the cylinder in half lengthwise. Turn the two pieces so the cut sides face up. Twist the two pieces together and join the ends together to form a circle or leave them into a twisted roll.
  • Place the rolls on an oiled or parchment paper-lined baking tray. Cover and allow the rolls to rise until puffy, 1 hour.

Prepare for Baking

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F. Brush the rolls with the egg wash.
  • Place the rolls on an oiled or parchment paper-lined baking tray. Cover and allow the rolls to rise until puffy, 1 hour.
  • Bake large rolls 20-30 minutes turning the baking sheet half way through.
  • Cool on a cooling rack. Rolls can be stored in the refrigerator in an air-tight container or frozen.

Notes

The turbinado sugar will stick to the rolls if the egg wash is still wet. It’s helpful to do a few at a time before the egg wash dries.
It’s not necessary to scald the milk but we recommend that all of the ingredients be at room temperature. 
Don’t spread the filling too heavily. It will bake out.

Nutrition

Calories: 227kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 5gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 147mgPotassium: 78mgFiber: 1gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 174IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 28mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.

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Top down view of a blueberry pastry braided to make a round bread roll. The plate sits on a blue napkin over a wooden background - Hostess At Heart

There’s nothing more methodical and calming than kneading fresh yeast bread rolls.

I hope you’ll give this one a try. It’s pretty simple…pinky swear!

Recipe Rating




Jennifer Stewart

Monday 5th of October 2020

I am certainly no bread maker but I wowed everybody this weekend when I brought these rolls over! They swore I bought them at the bakery!!

Julie Menghini

Monday 5th of October 2020

Thanks, Jennifer! That's the result I got too. If only they knew how easy they were to make!

Michelle

Sunday 4th of October 2020

This bread is beautiful and it looks delicious too! I am not much of a baker, but looking at your photos is definitely tempting me to try this!

Julie Menghini

Monday 5th of October 2020

Thank you, Michelle!

Hadia

Thursday 1st of October 2020

This looks absolutely gorgeous and mouthwatering, Julie! I am bookmarking to make soon, thank you for sharing

Julie Menghini

Saturday 3rd of October 2020

Thank you, Hadia!

Mary Marshall

Thursday 1st of October 2020

Love this, looks fantastic and I can't wait to try it.

Julie Menghini

Thursday 1st of October 2020

Thank you, Mary!

Liz

Wednesday 30th of September 2020

Oh, my!! These rolls look fantastic!! Such a delicious breakfast treat.

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 30th of September 2020

Thank you, Liz! I had a lot of fun making them.