VALENTINE’S DAY HEART SHAPED RASPBERRY ROLLS

It is that time of the year. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so now is the time when we need to start searching for our recipes. If you want to make something sweet, delicious and fabulous dessert for your loved ones, this is the perfect recipe.

INGREDIENTS

Dough

  • 1 cup lukewarm whole milk
  • 1/3 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 package (2 1/4 teaspoons) instant yeast
  • 3 tablespoons Imperial Sugar Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups (15.75 ounces) all-purpose flour*
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt

Filling

  • 1 10-ounce package frozen raspberries
  • 1/3 cup Imperial Sugar Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon fresh orange zest

Icing

  • 1/3 cup chocolate hazelnut spread

*Spoon & Sweep method: Use a spoon to fill measuring cup with flour until required amount is obtained. Scooping measuring cup directly into flour bag will firmly pack flour resulting in too much flour required for recipe.

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. For the dough: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, add all the dough ingredients and stir until combined. Turn mixer on medium speed and knead for 5 minutes, or until smooth. Remove  dough to a floured work surface, cover, and let rest for 10 minutes.
  3.  For the filling: In a medium bowl toss frozen raspberries with sugar, cornstarch and orange zest.
  4. After dough has rested, use a floured rolling pin to roll it out into a 9 by 15-inch rectangle. Spread evenly with raspberry mixture. Starting on the long side, tightly roll dough up, stopping at center. Roll the other side up, stopping when two sides meet at the middle. Gently press together.
  5. Use a very sharp knife to cut off ends, then cut dough into 10 equal pieces. Shape pieces into hearts by pinching the bottom of roll between two fingers into a point.
  6. Place in greased pie pan, with points toward the center, or place in a greased 9 by 13-inch baking pan. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until lightly golden brown. Let cool on a wire rack for at least 5 minutes.
  7. For the icing: While rolls cool, place chocolate hazelnut spread into a zip top bag and cut a small hole in one corner. Drizzle spread over rolls just before serving.

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