I think strawberries have overtaken mangoes as my favourite summer fruit. Ever since I was small, I'd grin and confidently reply "mangoes!" whenever asked the (predictable) question of what my favourite fruit was.
Let's analyse this change in preference further. I think there are two reasons why strawberries haven now become my preferred fruit. Reason number one: strawberries are usually available year-round here in Australia. Mangoes are only available for about 3 months at best, and even so, they can still be pretty pricey. Sooo having strawberries available almost year-round means I can eat more of them
and pig out on them without feeling guilty in any way.
Which brings me to reason number two: I love putting strawberries in food. I love baking with them. I never used to bake with strawberries as they'd never last long enough for me to put them into a recipe. See, my family always eats them straight from the punnet (sometimes coating them with unhealthy doses of sugar) and they never last more than a couple of days in the fridge. But now that I've started labelling my food in the fridge (yes, it's become a necessary habit), I've started baking with strawberries.
And this brings you to today's recipe: Strawberry Rolls! Or Lazy-Man's Strawberry Rolls. Or Cinnamon and Strawberry Rolls. Or... whatever. This recipe had be at the word 'strawberry'.
They only need a handful of ingredients and are super easy to put together. Not mentioning, they taste a-m-a-z-i-n-g. They're sweet, sugary and the roasted strawberries taste just wonderful. The cinnamon gives it a good touch, too. They're best served warm.
I baked mine very close together in a baking dish (and my strawberries were super juicy, so hence lots of strawberry juice), but next time I'll try baking them on a baking tray and will place them further apart. Either way you bake these, they'll still taste amazing. I guarantee you that.
Easy Strawberry Rolls
makes approx. 18 rolls
3 sheets puff pastry, thawed
3 tbsp melted butter
1 cup strawberry jam
3 cups strawberries, thinly sliced
1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 cup icing sugar
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 1/2 tablespoons milk
Preheat oven to 200C and line tray with baking paper.
Brush puff pastry with melted butter and lightly sprinkle the ground cinnamon over the puff pastry sheet. Evenly add strawberry jam on top then layer with strawberry slices. Tightly roll the dough up and slice into 6-8 pieces. Place onto the tray, making sure to leave room between the rolls. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden.
While rolls are baking, make the glaze by combining all ingredients together and whisk until smooth and runny. If needed, add more of milk until it becomes pourable. Pour the glaze over the rolls as soon as they come out of the oven. Serve warm.