My mother used to make melt-in-your-mouth tender Orange Rolls. (Sweet Rolls) They were delectable and I loved them. But sometimes recipes get lost in the living of life and we forget about them and don’t even know we forgot. The other day I was going through my recipe files and ran across her recipe for these delights. Was I ever happy!
I forgot the task at hand; which was cleaning out my recipe files, went right into the kitchen, and made these rolls. (Oh man, where have you been all my life?) They turned out wonderfully with rich buttery orange filling and then a light orange glaze, yes indeed!
If you are looking for a simple sweet roll to make for your next friend meet-up or coffee time, look no farther, try this recipe. These are sweet, tangy, and homemade; nothing could be better!
No-doubt you have a favorite sweet dough recipe that you use for making Cinnamon rolls or Sticky-Buns, it will work well for these sweet rolls. Make up a batch of dough and then follow these instructions for the best pastries in the universe, well in the world then.
1 recipe sweet dough, makes 16 rolls
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter
4 tsp. fresh grated orange peel
For orange glaze:
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
3-4 tbsp. orange juice
1 tsp. orange zest
Glaze: Add powdered sugar, orange juice, orange zest, and vanilla in a small bowl, whisk to combine. Cover and reserve in the refrigerator until needed.
Directions to make rolls:
Roll one-half of the dough out on a lightly floured work surface, roll to 1/2 inch thickness, and approximately a 15 X 8 inch rectangle. Spread with butter and cover with sugar. Then sprinkle grated orange peel generously over sugar.
Roll dough up jellyroll style starting at long edge, and cut into 2-inch slices using a sharp serrated knife.
Place cut side down on a buttered baking sheet or 13×9 inch cake pan. Cover lightly and allow to rise in a warm, draft-free spot until double in bulk. (30 minutes)
Preheat oven to 375oF.
Bake rolls for 18-20 minutes or until nicely browned.
Cool 10 minutes, spread with orange glaze. Remove from pan and serve.
Imagine these delicate, soft textured and fragrant Orange Rolls offered at your next family get-together or holiday buffet. Once folks taste these rolls, you can then soak in all the applause, and praise for your great culinary flair!