These Strawberry Buns only take about 30 minutes to make. They are fluffy, sweet and bursting with fresh strawberries and a hint of orange zest. A creamy orange kissed cream cheese frosting tops it all off and sneaks into every nook and cranny of the warm rolls.
First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Then butter up 12 muffin tins. Alternatively, use cooking spray or lightly brush bottom and sides of tin with canola oil.
In a large bowl, use a wooden spoon (or clean hands) to mix together flour, salt, baking powder, coriander, and sugar. Then use a pastry blender to cut in diced up cold butter until the mixture resembles tiny pebbles. Next, make a well in the middle. Pour in milk. Use either the spoon or your hands to gently mix up until the soft dough forms.
Then sprinkle flour onto a surface and turn the dough out. Knead it for 30 seconds. Then flour a rolling pin and roll out the dough into a 12 inch rectangle, forming the sides as needed. The dough should be about an inch thick. Let this rest briefly as you make your strawberry filling.
Hull and dice up fresh strawberries until you have 1 cup into a bowl. Then add strawberry jam, ground cinnamon, and orange zest. Mix until the strawberries are coated. Then spread this filling over the dough, being sure to leave a 3/4 inch border free around the long “seam” sides.
Next, tightly roll up the dough into a log, pressing the seam to close. Cut into 12 even slices. Place each round slice into a muffin tin.
Bake the Strawberry buns for approx. 22-28 minutes. Then allow them to cool down a bit while you make the Orange Cream Cheese Frosting.
Use either a hand mixer or a firm spatula to mix this icing in a large bowl. Combine the room temperature cream cheese and butter. Blend until completely smooth. Then add powdered sugar, freshly grated orange zest, orange juice, and vanilla extract.
Since I have kids who love tiny oranges like mandarin or clementines, I tend to use those in my recipes. The size and amount of zest and juice work perfectly for these strawberry buns! If you want to know the difference between the orange varietals, check out, “Name That Orange”!
The last step before polishing off all of these Strawberry Buns is to remove them from the muffin pan and slather on that frosting. Serve warm or at room temperature.