Orange is one of those flavors that I always associate with Christmas. There is that orange in to toe of that Christmas stocking and those orange sticks that are coated in chocolate. The other form it comes for me is in some homemade orange sweet rolls. They are the prefect thing to enjoy on Christmas morning.
This dough includes the 3 essential ingredients that I feel make the best dough. There is milk, butter, and egg. These 3 ingredients make a tender, flavorful dough. Then of course you have yeast, flour, salt and sugar. To really bring that orange flavor in this sweet roll, there is zest and juice also included in the dough.
Once this dough is made, you need to get it an hour to rise.
However, if you preheat your oven on to 170 degrees and then turn it off. You can place the dough in the oven and let it rise. This will usually cut your rise time down to half the time. This dough will be ready to roll out in about 30 minutes.
Now you will roll your dough out to a 10 x 24 inch rectangle. Once this is rolled out, you are going to spread the soft butter over the dough. Then even more orange flavor comes in. You are going to mix some sugar with more orange zest and sprinkle that over the butter. Then you will sprinkle some flour over that. The flour is going to help that filling to stay inside the rolls.
Once the filling is on the dough, you just roll that dough up and cut it into 12 slices.
I like to use unflavored dental floss to do this, but thread or a good knife will also work. You are going to place those slices on a sheet pan sprayed with non stick cooking spray. Then it’s time to let the homemade orange sweet rolls raise. This will take about an hour for this. You can do the oven trick to get them to raise faster.
At this point it’s time to bake ’em. You cook them at the usual 350 degrees for about 25 minutes until they are golden brown. Remove them from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes and then it’s time for the frosting. This frosting is made with butter, cream cheese, orange juice concentrate, orange zest, vanilla, and powdered sugar. This creamy frosting just drives home that orange flavor even more. You will know that these sweet rolls are orange sweet rolls!Print
Recipe adapted from Eat Dessert Snack.