I am a firm believer that you should always start your day off with a good breakfast. I make my little guy a variety of fun morning foods, including both savory and sweet. Our schedule typically goes a little something like this: healthy, healthy, sweet. We eat a lot of omelets, yogurt, granola, and fruit, so when a sweet day comes along we like to celebrate with something great.
The Pillsbury Orange rolls were introduced to me from my high school boyfriend. I think he made them for me once a week. They’ve been high on my list of favorite foods, but I wanted to give them a try homemade instead of pre-packaged. Something about fresh orange zest in a morning dessert just sounds refreshing and oh so yummy.
The only problem I was having is that I am a horrible bread maker. I stick with Rhodes Rolls and don’t venture much further. This was a giant leap for me, and oh so worth it!
Orange Sweet Rolls
- 1 package quick rise yeast
- 1 c. warm 2% milk
- 1/4 c. butter, softened
- 1/4 c. sugar
- 1 t. salt
- 1 egg
- 3-1/2 to 3-3/4 c. all-purpose flour, divided
- 1/2 c. sugar
- 1/2 c. butter, softened
- 2 T. orange zest
- 1 c. confectioners’ sugar
- 4 t. butter, melted
- 1-3 T. orange juice
- Stir together your warm milk and 1/4 cup butter in a large cup. Set aside.
- Whisk together 3 cups of flour, yeast, salt, and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer. Pour in your milk mixture and the egg. Mix with the paddle attachment until just combined. Switch to your dough hook and knead for 5 minutes, adding additional flour until the dough starts to pull away from the bowl.
- Turn your dough out onto a floured surface. Knead by hand until smooth. Let it rest while you prepare the remaining components.
- In a small bowl mix in the 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup butter, and orange zest.
- Roll your dough out into a 15×10 inch rectangle. Spread your orange filling onto your dough. Roll, starting with the long end, into a jelly roll shape. Cut into 15 rolls, and place in on a baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap, and allow to double in size.
- Once risen, preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden.
- Whisk the confectioners’ sugar, 4 teaspoons of melted butter, and orange juice together and drizzle over your rolls.
These are not overly sweet. Pair them with some fresh fruit or yogurt and you are good to go!
Fifteen rolls are way too many for us. I like to partially bake them then flash freeze. What do I mean by partially bake? Basically, I just bake them until they are just set, remove them from the oven and allow them to come to room temperature. I then transfer the pan to the freezer for 20 minutes and then individually wrap them in plastic wrap and pop them into labeled bags.
When the time comes to enjoy one, simply thaw and finish cooking.