Orange Sweet Rolls Recipe

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six orange sweet rolls on a blue plate, two fresh oranges in the background


Warm, homemade sweet rolls; what could taste better? And sweet rolls aren’t just for breakfast or the holidays! Make this delicious orange sweet rolls recipe any time of year, and serve them up for breakfast, snacks, dessert, or a wonderful lunchbox treat.

Orange Sweet Rolls Recipe

I know people immediate think “homemade sweet rolls? That a lot of work!”, when they see a sweet roll recipe, and I am not going to lie, this is not a 10-minute slap-it-together-fast recipe. However, it is not a difficult recipe to make either. And once you have made these a few times you will wonder why you ever bought premade, canned sweet rolls.

two blue plates filled with orange sweet rolls on a blue striped napkin, on a wooden background. part of a fresh orange and mint spring are shown on the bottom right


Orange Sweet Rolls Recipe Notes:

• About the only “tricky” part of this recipe is making sure the milk mixture doesn’t get too hot and kill your yeast when added, and not so cold that the yeast will not activate. This is a great article all about yeast. Pay particular attention to the part about proofing yeast.

• One thing I disagree with in that article is the “wrist test”. That may have been great back before thermometers were prevalent, but these days? Use a thermometer. It is just a wee bit more accurate than your wrist.

• 5/6ths of a cup of sugar is a weird measurement. It is 1/3 of a cup of sugar for the dough, ½ a cup of sugar for the cinnamon sugar.

Orange Sweet Rolls Recipe. Warm, homemade sweet rolls; what could possibly taste better? And sweet rolls are not just for breakfast or the holidays! Make this delicious orange sweet rolls recipe any time of year, and serve them up for breakfast, snacks, dessert, or a wonderful lunchbox treat.


Orange Sweet Rolls Ingredients:

• 4½ cups Flour
• 1 TBSP Dry Yeast
• 1 cup Milk
• 1/3 cup Butter
• 5/6 cup Sugar, divided
• 2 eggs
• ½ tsp Salt
• 3 TBSP Orange Zest
• 2 tsp Orange Extract
• 3½ tsp Ground Cinnamon, divided
• ½ cup Butter, softened

Orange Sweet Rolls Mise en Place:

Stand Mixer
Measuring Cup
Measuring Spoons
• Pot
Thermometer
• Knife
• Cutting Board
Spatula
• Baking Sheet

Orange Sweet Rolls Recipe. Warm, homemade sweet rolls; what could possibly taste better? And sweet rolls are not just for breakfast or the holidays! Make this delicious orange sweet rolls recipe any time of year, and serve them up for breakfast, snacks, dessert, or a wonderful lunchbox treat.


Orange Sweet Rolls Directions:

• Add 1½ cups of flour and 1 tablespoon of dry yeast to a mixing bowl.
• In a sauce pan on the stove over medium heat, heat together 1 cup of milk, 1/3 cup of butter, and 1/3 cup of sugar until 110°F.

Orange Sweet Rolls Recipe. Warm, homemade sweet rolls; what could possibly taste better? And sweet rolls are not just for breakfast or the holidays! Make this delicious orange sweet rolls recipe any time of year, and serve them up for breakfast, snacks, dessert, or a wonderful lunchbox treat.


• Add liquid milk mixture to flour and yeast mixture.

Orange Sweet Rolls Recipe. Warm, homemade sweet rolls; what could possibly taste better? And sweet rolls are not just for breakfast or the holidays! Make this delicious orange sweet rolls recipe any time of year, and serve them up for breakfast, snacks, dessert, or a wonderful lunchbox treat.


• Add in 2 eggs, ½ teaspoon of salt, 3 tablespoons of orange zest, 2 teaspoons of orange extract and 1½ teaspoons of cinnamon.
• Beat with mixer on low for 30 seconds then on high for 3 minutes.
• Stir in the remaining flour.
• Knead dough by hand or in mixer until soft and elastic.

Orange Sweet Rolls Recipe. Warm, homemade sweet rolls; what could possibly taste better? And sweet rolls are not just for breakfast or the holidays! Make this delicious orange sweet rolls recipe any time of year, and serve them up for breakfast, snacks, dessert, or a wonderful lunchbox treat.


• Shape dough into a ball, cover, and let rise one hour or until double in size.
• Punch down dough.

Orange Sweet Rolls Recipe. Warm, homemade sweet rolls; what could possibly taste better? And sweet rolls are not just for breakfast or the holidays! Make this delicious orange sweet rolls recipe any time of year, and serve them up for breakfast, snacks, dessert, or a wonderful lunchbox treat.


Orange Sweet Rolls Recipe. Warm, homemade sweet rolls; what could possibly taste better? And sweet rolls are not just for breakfast or the holidays! Make this delicious orange sweet rolls recipe any time of year, and serve them up for breakfast, snacks, dessert, or a wonderful lunchbox treat.


Orange Sweet Rolls Recipe. Warm, homemade sweet rolls; what could possibly taste better? And sweet rolls are not just for breakfast or the holidays! Make this delicious orange sweet rolls recipe any time of year, and serve them up for breakfast, snacks, dessert, or a wonderful lunchbox treat.


• Coat your hands with softened butter, and use your hands to spread dough and roll out into a flat rectangle shape.
• Spread a ½ cup of softened butter over the rectangular shaped dough.
• Mix together ½ cup of sugar and 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon spice to make a cinnamon sugar.
• Spread the cinnamon sugar mixture over the butter covered dough.

Orange Sweet Rolls Recipe. Warm, homemade sweet rolls; what could possibly taste better? And sweet rolls are not just for breakfast or the holidays! Make this delicious orange sweet rolls recipe any time of year, and serve them up for breakfast, snacks, dessert, or a wonderful lunchbox treat.


Orange Sweet Rolls Recipe. Warm, homemade sweet rolls; what could possibly taste better? And sweet rolls are not just for breakfast or the holidays! Make this delicious orange sweet rolls recipe any time of year, and serve them up for breakfast, snacks, dessert, or a wonderful lunchbox treat.


• Roll orange dough into a log and slice into 18-20 pieces.

Orange Sweet Rolls Recipe. Warm, homemade sweet rolls; what could possibly taste better? And sweet rolls are not just for breakfast or the holidays! Make this delicious orange sweet rolls recipe any time of year, and serve them up for breakfast, snacks, dessert, or a wonderful lunchbox treat.


• Place orange dough on a baking tray and let rise 30 minutes, or until doubled.

Orange Sweet Rolls Recipe. Warm, homemade sweet rolls; what could possibly taste better? And sweet rolls are not just for breakfast or the holidays! Make this delicious orange sweet rolls recipe any time of year, and serve them up for breakfast, snacks, dessert, or a wonderful lunchbox treat.


• Preheat oven to 375°F.
• Place orange dough baking tray into a preheated 375°F oven, and bake for 20-23 minutes.

Orange Sweet Rolls Recipe. Warm, homemade sweet rolls; what could possibly taste better? And sweet rolls are not just for breakfast or the holidays! Make this delicious orange sweet rolls recipe any time of year, and serve them up for breakfast, snacks, dessert, or a wonderful lunchbox treat.


• Serve warm or cold.

two blue plates filled with orange sweet rolls on a blue striped napkin, on a wooden background


Orange Sweet Rolls Recipe

Orange Sweet Rolls Recipe

Orange Sweet Rolls Recipe. Warm, homemade sweet rolls; what could possibly taste better? And sweet rolls are not just for breakfast or the holidays! Make this delicious orange sweet rolls recipe any time of year, and serve them up for breakfast, snacks, dessert, or a wonderful lunchbox treat.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4½ cups Flour
  • 1 TBSP Dry Yeast
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1/3 cup Butter
  • 5/6 cup Sugar, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 3 TBSP Orange Zest
  • 2 tsp Orange Extract
  • 3½ tsp Ground Cinnamon, divided
  • ½ cup Butter, softened

Instructions

  1. Add 1½ cups of flour and 1 tablespoon of dry yeast to a mixing bowl.
  2. In a sauce pan on the stove over medium heat, heat together 1 cup of milk, 1/3 cup of butter, and 1/3 cup of sugar until 110°F.
  3. Add liquid milk mixture to flour and yeast mixture.
  4. Add in 2 eggs, ½ teaspoon of salt, 3 tablespoons of orange zest, 2 teaspoons of orange extract and 1½ teaspoons of cinnamon.
  5. Beat with mixer on low for 30 seconds then on high for 3 minutes.
  6. Stir in the remaining flour.
  7. Knead dough by hand or in mixer until soft and elastic.
  8. Shape dough into a ball, cover, and let rise one hour or until double in size.
  9. Punch down dough.
  10. Coat your hands with softened butter, and use your hands to spread dough and roll out into a flat rectangle shape.
  11. Spread ½ cup of softened butter over the rectangular shaped dough.
  12. Mix together ½ cup of sugar and 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon spice to make a cinnamon sugar.
  13. Spread the cinnamon sugar mixture over the butter covered dough.
  14. Roll orange dough into a log and slice into 18-20 pieces.
  15. Place orange dough on a baking tray and let rise 30 minutes, or until doubled.
  16. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  17. Place orange dough baking tray into a preheated 375°F oven, and bake for 20-23 minutes.
  18. Serve warm or cold.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

18

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 244 Total Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 44mg Sodium: 148mg Carbohydrates: 35g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 9g Protein: 5g

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