Orange Rolls

Orange Rolls became a family dinner tradition more than 40 years ago.  My mother found them at a local bakery when I was growing up.  They were purchased only on special occasions and holidays.  When my husband and I moved our family away we were too far away to attend most of those family dinners.  A few years ago we took our family and Thanksgiving dinner to my mother’s house.  We purchased the orange rolls from the same bakery and somehow they were not as good.

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I know that over time, new employees, techniques, new commercially made spreads and dough, recipes can change so I took it upon myself to make my own.  This is what I came up with and they look and taste more like my family and I remember them.

I started with my basic cinnamon roll recipe. The main difference comes in after the dough is made.

Orange butter

1/2 cup butter, soften

1 cup sugar

2 tbsp fresh orange juice

1 tsp orange extract

zest of 2 oranges

After your dough is ripe and ready to form into rolls, punch it down and divide into 3 balls.  Roll a ball into a rectangle about 1/2 in thick.  Score the rectangle into 5 equal sections lengthwise. Spread  4 of the 5 sections with one third of  the orange butter. Cut the dough on the score lines. Stack the sections using the unbuttered section on the top.

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Cut into 12 pieces and place the cut edge down in a greased muffin tin.

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Repeat with the 2 remaining balls.  Let raise until doubled and bake in a 400 degree oven 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pan and glaze with orange glaze.

Orange Glaze

2 1/2 cups confectioner sugar

2 tsp orange zest

1 tsp orange extract

orange juice (1/2 cup or less)

Stir zest and extract into confectioner sugar, add orange juice until desired pouring consistency. Drizzle over hot rolls.

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Be careful they may become a family favorite at your house too. Enjoy!


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