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Orange Sweet Rolls

20130401-230341.jpgThis past week we celebrated Easter and we had a great time celebrating Jesus’ resurrection with family!

One tradition that my husband’s family had when he was younger was that every Easter they would make orange-infused bread in the shape of little bunny rabbits. It has been a few years since we have done this as a family {pretty much just because it is always so late in the day when we think about it and don’t really want to put the effort into it}, but Saturday afternoon I thought it would be fun for our kids and their cousins to be able to continue on this tradition. I put my husband, who is of course the expert at this point, in charge of most of the shaping of the bunnies.

I wasn’t really planning on doing a post about the bunny bread, so my pictures aren’t that great, but I did manage to snap a couple of shots of the dough and the finished product. Here they are, just in case you want to take a look!




So, I am not going to be sharing the recipe of the orange bunny bread right now {although it really is worthy of passing the recipe along}. After eating that sweet, orange bread…loving it…and not having any leftovers of it today, I got to thinking about what else I could make. I then started thinking about sweet orange rolls. Like cinnamon rolls, except with no cinnamon and instead some orange! I started looking at recipes on-line and found the recipe for Orange Sweet Rolls that I will be sharing with you today. Basically. I only tweaked it a hair. I have a hard time just following a recipe as is. I don’t know why I do it, but I always have an itch to change it, at least just a little bit, to make it my own.

Instead of just rolling up the dough, cutting it and placing each section as a standard cinnamon roll shape, I went ahead and took the advice of the previous blogger who shared her recipe, and stretched each section a bit and twisted it to form sort of a figure 8.

The resulting sweet orange rolls are utter yummy-ness. They were sort of a mess to shape because of the butter-orange-sugar mixture that oozed out as the rolling took place, but I wouldn’t change it a bit. If a sweet orange treat is what you are looking for, I encourage you to try this recipe out. I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed! For now, enjoy the pictures and look forward to when you can make them yourself and eat them up! Enjoy! -Shelley

Orange Sweet Rolls
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees

3/4 c buttermilk, warm {I didn’t want to unthaw my buttermilk, so just used 3/4 c milk + 3/4 t vinegar mixed in and allowed it to sit}
1/8 c orange juice
6 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
3 large eggs
4 – 4 1/4 c All-Purpose flour
1/4 c sugar
2 1/4 t instant yeast
1 t salt

Orange Filling:
1/2 c softened butter
1 c sugar
2 T orange juice

Orange Glaze:
1 1/2 c powdered sugar
3 T orange juice

For the dough, add warmed buttermilk/milk and sugar to a large standing mixer with the dough hook attached.


Sprinkle yeast over this mixture and give a little mix. Allow to proof for a few minutes to get the yeast activated.


Next, add the rest of the ingredients, and give a quick mix.


Add a couple of cups of flour, adding slowly up to about the 4 cup mark until it all just comes together.


Knead about 10 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic {or about 15 minutes by hand}.


Place the dough in a large, lightly greased bowl and cover the top tightly with plastic wrap. Let the dough rise in a warm place until doubled.


For the filling, combine butter, orange juice and sugar in a small bowl and mix well. Set aside.



When the dough has risen and is ready, turn it out onto a counter.


Roll out to about a 16 by 12-inch rectangle.


Gently brush the filling mixture over the rectangle.


Lift the longest edge closest to you and begin rolling the dough into a tight log. {Be warned this can get messy!} Pinch the seam closed and roll the log so it is seam side down.


Using a serrated knife, slice the log into about 12 evenly sized rolls. You can slice them thinner or thicker as you like. For a traditional cinnamon-roll-look, arrange the rolls cut side down on a lined or lightly greased baking pan.


If you want to try the twist method, one at a time grab each sliced roll and holding on to either end gently pull dough apart.


Gently twist the roll into a figure eight and place it on a parchment paper lined pan. Cover the rolls with lightly greased plastic wrap. Let the rolls rise in a warm place until doubled.



When doubled, bake the rolls at 350 degrees for 22-25 minutes, until the rolls are lightly golden on top and cooked through.

While the rolls are baking, mix together the powdered sugar and orange juice glaze together.



Drizzle the glaze over the warm rolls.


Ooooh man….ooooh oh man! So good! Eat and enjoy!


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