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lemon poppy seed sweet rolls with lemon curd filling

by | Apr 26, 2022 | Sweet Treats | 0 comments

This is the most tender, moist and fluffy lemon poppy seed sweet rolls recipe. It is filled with rich ingredients like butter, buttercream and eggs to give it the perfect texture of a moist and sweet roll with lemon curd.

I would describe the taste of this roll as a sweet roll that has a bit of a tarty and nutty flavour that comes from the lemon curd and poppy seed filling. It is definitely a perfectly sweet roll that has a delicious zesty punch to it that makes you want to keep on having more. The good thing is this recipe produces about twelve medium sized rolls that makes it a perfect party treat or a secret guilty pleasure dessert.

the step-by-step guide to making these lemon poppy seed sweet rolls with lemon curd filling

the first thing you should do before making these lemon poppy seed sweet rolls is making sure you have all the ingredients. There is nothing worse than being in the middle of a recipe only to find out that you do not have one of the main ingredients like eggs or even butter. Yes, there are some good ingredient substitutes but using the actual required ingredients will give the perfect outcome.

the ingredients needed for the sweet rolls:


Yes, butter is one of the most important ingredients after buttermilk in this recipe, that is all because butter adds to the moisture and tenderness of the sweet rolls.


Buttermilk is the most important ingredient in the recipe. It provides for the soft nature of the sweet rolls.



brown sugar

Brown sugar, unlike white sugar, creates a slightly chewier texture to the rolls. I also find that using brown sugar gives the rolls a better taste.

fresh lemons

Lemon is the filling for this lemon poppy seed sweet bun and makes sure that you use fresh lemons when making the filling. Fresh lemons have more of a zesty and fresh taste as compared to store-bought lemon juice.

poppy seeds

These seeds add a delicious nutty flavour to the rolls that balance the lemon flavour really well.
Vanilla essence

This recipe calls for two eggs instead of one which then adds to the tenderness and airiness of the rolls.

what makes lemon poppy seed sweet rolls hard and dry?

There are many causes that make rolls tough and dry but in most cases, having way too much dry ingredients for the wet ingredients causes dryness. In many cases adding way too much flour to the liquid will without a doubt make your rolls dry. In most cases, having a ratio of 3:1.5 will make a good texture to dough.

lemon poppy seed rolls

lemon poppy seed sweet rolls recipe

This is the most tender, moist and fluffy lemon poppy seed sweet rolls recipe. It is filled with rich ingredients like butter, buttercream and eggs to give it the perfect texture of a moist and sweet roll.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
leavening time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 55 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine South African
Servings 6 people


for the dough

  • ¾ cups buttermilk
  • 125 grams butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla essence
  • 1 tbsp instant yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 3 cups cake wheat flour

lemon and poppy seed filling

  • 2 eggs yolk only
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp poppy seeds
  • the juice of half a lemon

for the topping

  • 250 grams cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp of the lemon poppy seed filling


for the sweet rolls

  • Combine the buttermilk, vanilla essence and the butter in a large mixing bowl and heat it in the microwave until the butter has melted and the buttermilk is heated. Set aside until it is cool enough to add eggs.
  • In the meantime place your flour, sugar and salt into the mixing bowl and mix well.
  • Once your buttermilk mixture is lukewarm, add your yeast and eggs into it and mix well.
  • Start by adding small bits of flour into your wet ingredients until you get a thick and kneadable dough texture.
  • Place your dough onto a lightly floured surface and start to knead your dough. If necessary, keep adding the flour mixture you made earlier. Never add more flour than what the recipe asks for. This will end up making the dough tough and dry.
  • Once your dough is smooth and soft place it in a lightly oiled large bowl that is covered in a damp clean clothe in a sunny spot for about one hour until the dough doubles in size.
  • Once the dough doubles in size, place it on a lightly floured surface and use your hands to stretch the dough into a large rectangle making sure you do not stretch the dough to the point where the dough tears.
  • Smear your filling onto the rectangular dough evenly. Then start rolling the dough on the long side making sure your rolls are tight enough to hold the filling well.
  • Once you have rolled your dough, cut it into 12 equal pieces and place the pieces into a greased baking tray that you will be baking these rolls in.
  • Allow the rolls to proof for a further 30 minutes in a sunny spot. Once you are 15 minutes in preheat your oven to 160 degrees on bake.
  • Once your dough is done proofing then bake it on the middle rack for 25 minutes.
  • Once your lemon poppy seed sweet rolls have baked, allow them to cool for 10 minutes then place your topping on top of each roll and enjoy:)

lemon and poppy seed filling

  • Place the yolks, brown sugar and butter into a small pot and place your pot onto medium-low heat. Whisk the mixture until it is thick and everything has melted.
  • Remove your pot from the heat then add the juice of half a lemon and your poppy seeds and mix well. Place your filling in the fridge for 15 minutes to make sure it slightly thickens up.

the topping

  • Place your cream cheese, filling and powdered sugar in a medium bowl and whisk until you get a smooth sweet but tarty flavour.
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