Recipe Review

These Hawaiian Roll Breakfast Pastries Are Perfect for New Year’s Day Brunch

published Dec 28, 2021
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Dinner rolls sit in neat rows in the baking pan
Credit: Brittany Connerly

New Year’s Day is one of the most popular days to enjoy a hearty brunch. For some of us, it’s to cure a hangover from the night before. For others, it’s a sweet and savory way to start a brand new year and do it in a delicious and satisfying way.

If you’re hosting New Year’s brunch, you’ll want something that will be impressive and tasty but not require a ton of effort. This has been a busy holiday season and we’ve done a whole lot of cooking and entertaining at this point. That’s what makes these Hawaiian Roll Breakfast Pastries — shared on Instagram by Ms. Shi and Mr. He — as ingenious as they are intriguing.

Hawaiian rolls are incredibly versatile, and we’ve used them in everything from Chrissy Teigen’s stuffing recipe to a party-ready slider spin on Philly cheesesteak sandwiches. But perhaps the most delicious way to appreciate these sweet, tender Hawaiian rolls is in a dish that itself accentuates exactly that sweetness. Made with a few simple ingredients, this fun recipe idea yields fruity breakfast pastries that you’ll want to make year-round.

In the recipe, the Hawaiian rolls are lined up on a tray and the middle of each roll is scooped out (like we might with a twice-baked potato). That turns the rolls into a container of sorts. The rolls are then filled with a blend of two egg yolks that are mixed with six tablespoons of Greek yogurt and then placed into the open middle of the rolls. These rolls are then topped with fresh berries. While the Reel uses blueberries and raspberries, the possibilities are truly endless depending on what you enjoy. The recipe is completed by brushing melted butter on the surface of the rolls and then either air-frying them at 325°F for 15 minutes or baking at 350°F for 20 minutes. The result is sweet and fruity, but a tart punch from that Greek yogurt is present, too.

You can check out the whole Hawaiian Roll Breakfast Pastry recipe here, but if you’re looking for something else to add to your brunch menu, these five make-ahead brunch ideas will come in handy.