Chocolate Cherry Swirl Buns

Chocolate Cherry Swirl Buns

Roll Ingredients

  • 1 pint Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Cherry Garcia ice cream, softened
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2-1/2 tsp. instant or active dry yeast

Filling Ingredients

  • 1 15-oz. can of dark sweet cherries, drained and chopped (save the juice!)
  • 1 cup bitter or semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks

Glaze Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 tbsp. melted butter
  • 2-4 tbsp. cherry juice, saved from drained cherries
  • pinch of salt
  1. Step 1

    Mix together all the ingredients for the rolls either in a stand mixer using the dough hook attachment or by hand.

  2. Step 2

    Knead until you have a smooth, soft cohesive ball of dough. You may find you need to add a touch more flour if your dough is too sticky. Ideally you will have a smooth ball of dough that does not stick to the sides of your bowl.

  3. Step 3

    Place the dough in a large greased bowl, and set in a warm place to rise for 1 to 1-1/2 hours. The dough should be noticeably puffier, but not necessarily twice the size.

  4. Step 4

    When dough has risen, gently deflate and roll into a large rectangle, roughly 16” by 20”.

  5. Step 5

    Spread the chopped cherries and chocolate evenly on top of the dough.

  6. Step 6

    Starting with the short side, roll the dough into a log and cut into 12 slices. Place rolls on a greased 9x13 pan, cover, and allow to rise for 60-90 minutes in a warm spot until doubled in size. They should be large enough to be touching one another. Toward the end of the rising process, preheat the oven to 375° F. Uncover the buns and bake them for 22-25 minutes or until they are firm to the touch and noticeably darkening.

  7. Step 7

    While the buns are baking, prepare the glaze. In a small bowl, combine the sifted powdered sugar, salt, and the melted butter.

  8. Step 8

    Add the reserved cherry juice 1 tablespoon at a time until the desired drizzling consistency is reached.

  9. Step 9

    Remove the buns from the oven and allow to cool a bit.

  10. Step 10

    While the buns are still warm, drizzle the glaze evenly on top.

  11. Step 11

    To serve, top buns with a scoop of Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia or Chocolate Cherry Garcia ice cream and enjoy!

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