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Blueberry Lemon 50% WW SD Rolls

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Blueberry Lemon 50% WW SD Rolls

Heading to some friends for a celebratory lunch, one of whom is retiring. We cannot possibly arrive with only some flowers and a card, so what better to bring than some home baked bread. In this case I wanted to use fresh Canadian grown blueberries and enhance them with lemon.

Using the 50% WW SD sweet rolls recipe I’ve made now a couple of times, I added the zest of one lemon into the dough. The filling is butter, lemon sugar (ensure you zest the lemons into the sugar and rub it all together to get the lemon oils into the sugar) and fresh blueberries. Finally for some extra lemon zing they are finished with a lemon drizzle icing.

Sweet Lemon Glaze


juice from ½ large lemon* this makes more than needed
½ cup (60g) confectioners’ sugar

1 Tablespoons (15-30ml) milk, half-and-half, or heavy cream

Make the glaze: Right before serving, top your blueberry rolls with glaze. Mix all of the glaze ingredients together. If you prefer a thicker glaze, add more powdered sugar and then add salt to cut the sweetness, if desired. If you’d like it thinner, add more lemon juice or cream. Pour over sweet rolls.


30 g Butter melted and slightly cooled

3/4 c. Sugar

The zest of two lemons 

2 c. (Heaping) Fresh Blueberries

Melt 1 stick of butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Once melted remove from heat.

Brush melted butter over the dough, using your fingers to spread evenly.

Using your fingers, mix sugar and lemon zest so that it’s a nice, light yellow sugar. Sprinkle it all over the butter. Sprinkle the blueberries evenly over the surface.



Mix the levain ingredients in a jar or pyrex container with space for at least 300% growth.

Press down with your knuckles or silicone spatula to create a uniform surface and to push out air.

At a temperature of 76ºF, it typically takes up to 10-12 hours for this sweet stiff levain to be at peak. For my starter I typically see 3-3.5 times increase in size at peak. The levain will smell sweet with only a mild tang.


In a sauce pan set on medium heat, stir the milk and flour until blended. Then cook for several minutes until well thickened, stirring regularly with a spoon or heat-resistant spatula. Let cool in the pan or, for faster results, in a new bowl. Theoretically it should reach 65ºC (149ºF) but I don’t find I need to measure the temperature as the tangzhong gelatinizes at this temperature. You can prepare this the night before and refrigerate it, ensure that it is covered to prevent it from drying out.

If you plan on using a stand mixer to mix this dough, set up a Bain Marie and use your stand mixer’s bowl to prepare the tangzhong.


In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the milk (consider holding back 10 g of milk and adding later if this is the first time you’re making this), egg, tangzhong, salt, sugar and levain. Mix and then break up the levain into many smaller pieces. Next add the flours. I like to use my spatula to mix until there aren’t many dry areas. Allow the flour to hydrate (fermentolyse) for 20-30 minutes. Mix on low speed and then medium speed until moderate gluten development this may take 5-10 mins. You may want to scrape the sides of the bowl during the first 5 minutes of mixing. Next add room temperature butter one pat at a time. The dough may come apart, be patient, continue to mix until it comes together before adding in more butter. Once all the butter has been added and incorporated increase the speed gradually to medium. Mix at medium speed until the gluten is well developed, approximately 10 mins. You will want to check gluten development by windowpane during this time and stop mixing when you get a good windowpane. You should be able to pull a good windowpane, not quite as good as a white flour because the bran will interrupt the windowpane somewhat. Next add the zest of one to two lemons, that way they do not interfere with the gluten development. Mix until they are well incorporated in the dough.

On the counter, shape the dough into a tight ball, cover in the bowl and ferment for 2 - 3 hours at 82ºF. There may be some rise visible at this stage.

Optional cold retard overnight or just 1.5 hours to chill the dough for easier shaping.

Prepare your pan by greasing it or line with parchment paper.

This dough is very soft. Act quickly to roll, spread the filling, and cut before the dough warms and softens further. If it begins to soften, place it in the fridge to firm.

Remove your bulk fermentation container from the fridge, lightly flour your work surface in a large rectangle shape, and the top of the dough in the bowl. Then, gently scrape out the dough to the center of your floured rectangle. Lightly dust the top of the dough with flour, and using a rolling pin, roll the dough out to a 15″ x 15″ square or larger rectangle.

Brush melted butter on rolled dough. Sprinkle lemon sugar mix then blueberries on top.

Starting at one of the long sides of the rectangle in front of you, begin rolling up the dough as you move across. Be sure to tightly roll the dough by gently tugging on the dough as you roll.

Once finished rolling up the dough, divide it into nine 1 1/2″ pieces using a sharp knife. Transfer the pieces to the prepared baking pan and cover with a large, reusable bag, place in a warm spot. I use my proofing box set to 82°F. Final proof may take 2.5-4 hours, be patient and wait until the dough passes the finger poke test.

Be sure to start preheating your oven about 30 minutes before you feel the rolls will be fully proofed. For me, the final warm proof time was about 3 hours in my 77°F (25°C) room.


Preheat your oven, with a rack in the middle, to 400°F (200°C). After the warm proof, uncover your dough and gently press the tops of a few rolls. The fully proofed rolls will look very soft. The texture of the dough will be almost like a whipped mousse. Be sure to give them extra time in warm proof if necessary. If the dough needs more time to proof, cover the pan and give the dough another 15 to 30 minutes at a warm temperature and check again.

Once your oven is preheated, remove your pan from its bag, place it on a lined cookie tray and then slide it into the oven, and bake for 30 to 35 minutes.

Once fully baked, fully cool on a rack before glazing.

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Benito's picture

Here’s the video I created showing the some of the steps used in baking this.


Econprof's picture

Are blueberry rolls a Canadian thing? I was also admiring the blueberry cinnamon rolls from BCBreadBaker recently. 

Benito's picture

Yes I was inspired to try these after seeing BCBreadBaker’s post of them.  I’ve made many buns like this but never with blueberry and lemon.  I can’t say that they’re a Canadian thing I don’t think I’ve ever seen them in a store.


Benito's picture

These were quite delicious and I’m glad I tried baking these.  Our friends also enjoyed them.

trailrunner's picture

Beautiful!!! I bet they were outstanding. I love blueberry and lemon together. I read today that cardamom is a great spice with blueberries as it’s a floral citrus flavor —- linalool is the chemical. Anyway our blueberry season is over!! Next year I’ll have to try these. 

Benito's picture

Thank you Caroline, they were very tasty and enjoyed by all.  Yes linalool is a chemical in blueberries that is shared with coriander seed, so adding coriander seed is something I generally do with blueberry jam or desserts.


MTloaf's picture

They look great and could actually considered be good for you with the WW and the brain boosting berries. I may have to try making these south of the border when it is time to fatten up for winter. I like the lemon frosting but will probably add some cream cheese to it. 

Benito's picture

Thank you Don, yes these are fattening me up a bit too early in the year.  It’s still very hot and humid here so not yet time to put on any extra weight 😂. 


Isand66's picture

Love the combo of flavors.  They look and sound decadent.



Benito's picture

Thank you Ian, they were a hit with our friends.


HeiHei29er's picture

Catching up on my reading Benny and these look great!  The blueberry and lemon combination sounds perfect.

We just finished picking our annual quota of blueberries and I will definitely put these rolls in the queue. 

Benito's picture

Thank you Troy, I do hope you try baking these.  They were nice and sticky with the sweet blueberry syrup that forms on that bottom of the rolls.