Life provides the sweetest recipes…and that’s how we came up with these Raspberry Lemon Cheesecake Sweet Rolls.
My childhood was filled with people who really knew how to bake. My Mom baked all sorts of breads, cookies and other treats to barter for all of our music lessons. She even made fantastic wedding cakes back when Wilton was the only way to go, and buttercream was always made with shortening. Dianne, my Mom’s best friend when I was a kid, was also an amazing baker. I’m talking homemade bagels, pita pockets, tortillas, sweet rolls, all sorts of breads, cakes, cookies, cheescakes…you name it, she made it. There was even a drawer in her kitchen called “The Bun Drawer” and it was ALWAYS filled with fresh homemade buns. Her kids were my closest friends, so I was over there all the time. To this day, if I close my eyes, I can still hear the back door to her house as it squeaks open and feel a waft of warm fragrant air from her kitchen wash over me, and yep, I can even smell the deliciousness of freshly baked bread that was just pulled from the oven. Mmmmm….
My Caking Kids haven’t had the experience of baking with this kitchen legend yet, but they know who she is, and have enjoyed many treats thanks to her recipes that I keep stashed away. My Caking Kids have their own kitchen legend though. I know I’ve mentioned her before, but it doesn’t hurt to mention her again. Ms. Kara of Kara’s Couture Cakes has a special place in my Caking Kiddo’s hearts, and if she’s posting something, believe me, they know it. She is one of the main reasons my kids got in the kitchen, and it all started with her delicious Cheesecake she made a year ago this past Mother’s Day. In celebration of our one year anniversary of Caking with the Kids, we had planned on making that cheesecake again, but LIFE happens and things you planned DON’T happen. So, this past week we improvised. We came up with a recipe that included something from MY childhood kitchen hero, and something from the kiddos current kitchen hero. We made Raspberry Lemon Cheesecake Sweet Rolls.
These tender rolls are based off of Dianne’s Bun Dough recipe… yep, the same buns that had a designated DRAWER in her kitchen. It is a potato based dough, and has the sweetest most delicate flavor. Dianne would make sticky buns, hamburger buns, dinner rolls and lots of other goodies with this dough. The filling for the our sweet rolls is where Kara’s Cheesecake comes in. We made a cheesecake inspired filling with mascarpone and cream cheese, a raspberry reduction and a hint of lemon curd. It’s the perfect sweet roll to accompany your morning cup of coffee. Yuuuummmmm.
The rolls are perfectly sweet with a slight tang from the lemon curd and raspberry, and the cream cheese mixture adds a perfect hint of creaminess. We topped them with just a basic glaze made with powdered sugar, vanilla and cream. One whole pan was gone before the end of the day,… they were just that good!
I’m so thankful for the women in my life and now my children’s lives who tirelessly create wonderful recipes for us to all enjoy. We hope you enjoy this blend of sentimental recipes that we used to create something delicious to share with you. Now, go make some sweet memories with the ones you love! These Raspberry Lemon Cheesecake Sweet Rolls would be the perfect recipe to start with.
‘Caking Mom and Caking Kiddos
Raspberry Reduction Recipe – Kara Does it best!