Sweet Lemon Scrolls

When life hands you as many lemons as I’ve got at the moment, then you’ve really got to use your imagination with how you use them. I’ve made lemon slice, limoncello, squeezed and frozen juice in cubes. I’ve made preserved lemons, and have been drinking them in warm water to start the day.

making lemon scrolls

I really wanted to incorporate them into a baked treat so I thought I’d give lemon scrolls and go and by golly they turned out fabulously!

lemon scrolls

I’d love to know if you bake them, or anything else from The Life of Clare, tag #cookingwithClare.

What’s your favourite way to use up lemons?lemon scroll

Sweet Lemon Scrolls
Author: Clare Reilly
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Serves: 10
  • Dough
  • 2 3/4 cups of plain flour
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 1/4 tsp dried yeast
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 1/2 tbsp butter
  • 1 large happy egg
  • Filling
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • seeds scraped from a vanilla bean
  • Glaze
  • 3 tbsp orange juice
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Set aside 1/2 cup flour. In a large bowl combine 2 1/4 cups flour, sugar, salt and yeast.
  2. In another bowl heat water, milk and butter in microwave until butter is melted, stir wet mix into dry mix. Add the egg and only enough of the reserved flour to make a soft dough.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, knead dough for about 3-4 minutes, then place in lightly greased bowl and set aside for about 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, make the filling
  1. Rub together all ingredients until it becomes sandy.
  1. After the dough has rested, roll out to a 35×20 cm rectangle and sprinkle over the filling.
  2. Roll the dough tightly and cut into 10-11 pieces.
  3. Place into lightly greased 22 cm pie dish.
  4. Loosely cover the scrolls and allow to rise for 60-90 minutes.
  5. Once rolls have doubled in size preheat oven to 180*C and bake for 10 mins, then cover with foil for a further 15 mins at the same temperature.
  1. Mix all ingredients together and pour over cooled scrolls.


8 thoughts on “Sweet Lemon Scrolls

  1. Wow, they look so delicious Clare. You should come to China and bring your lemons and sell them, people pay lots of money for lemons over here 🙂

  2. Lemon anything is in a regular battle with chocolate as my favourite flavour! These sound brilliant 😀 My fave way to use lemons is lots and lots of lemon curd.

  3. Lemons, lemons, and more Bl…….dy LEMONS! I am very pleased that you posted this delicious recipe that I will make tomorrow.

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