This post is dedicated to my Alabama sister and all lovers of anything flavored with oranges.
My sister has been talking about these famous orange rolls for years and encouraging me to come up with a recipe so she can make them herself at home. Since I had never been to the restaurant that serves these rolls, I could only go by her description.
Words proved to be a poor substitute for actual taste-testing. I devised these Iced Orange Yeast Rolls a few years ago, but I was way off despite how scrumptious they are on their own credentials.
A few years ago, my sister actually transported the famous rolls to my house, but they didn’t fare so well after a 12-hour car trip. During my annual visit last year, she finally took me by the restaurant. Since it wasn’t dinner time, we asked for a half dozen rolls to go. Now I understood what she had tried to describe to me for so long. The rolls were still hot when we got them and a little bit doughy, but I observed they were extremely orangey both in color and taste. The sweet stuff on top was a glaze, not an icing like you might put on traditional cinnamon rolls. I took notes in my mind and tried to remember the taste. Have you ever tried to remember exactly how something tastes? Kinda difficult actually, especially after some time has passed.
Fast forward to a few weeks ago. I was inspired by a food magazine that recently printed a recipe for the famous rolls. The first step was to figure out how to use my bread machine to mix and knead it. No problem. (If you would like to know how to convert most any regular bread recipe to use in your bread machine, see this post.) However, I was not happy with the final product because the orange flavor wasn’t nearly as prominent as the real thing. I fixed that by using frozen orange juice concentrate in place of fresh orange juice and increasing the amount of orange peel used in the filling. Be careful not to pick up any of the white under the peel which can cause bitterness.
I make no claims that this is the authentic recipe. It most definitely IS NOT. However, these rolls are mighty tasty and so fabulous that I am tempted to eat half the pan. Therefore, I’m declaring this experiment over. This will be a special-occasion-recipe–perfect for Mother’s Day next Sunday.
This is a highly enriched bread dough and will take longer than usual to rise. Please allow at least an extra hour or longer prep time to make sure the dough has time to rise until double.
- ¼ cup heavy cream (warmed in the microwave about 30 seconds)
- ½ cup frozen orange juice concentrate (thawed to room temperature)
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg plus 1 yolk
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons bread machine or instant yeast
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons grated orange zest (from two medium oranges)
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- ¼ cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons orange juice concentrate
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- Add ingredients to a bread machine pan in order given. Leave lid open. Choose dough cycle and start. Observe dough after about 10 minutes. If dough does not stick to side of pan and then pull away because it is too dry, add a tablespoon of water. If dough is too wet, add flour a tablespoon at a time until dough sticks and then pulls away. Continue to add water or flour until dough looks just right according to this picture. Close lid and allow dough cycle to complete.
- When dough cycle finishes, check to make sure dough has doubled in size. If not, allow dough to continue to rise in the pan until it is double the original volume. IMPORTANT NOTE: Because this is a highly enriched dough, it takes longer than usual to rise. All at least an extra hour for this. Then remove dough from the bread machine pan by dumping it onto a floured surface. Roll into a rectangle measuring approximately 12 x 17 inches. Spread softened butter over rolled-out dough until dough is completely covered. Sprinkle sugar-orange zest mixture evenly over butter.
- Begin rolling dough from the long side. Roll as tightly as you can. Cut long roll in quarters. Cut each quarter into 5 evenly-sized rolls. Place inside buttered 9 x 13 inch pan, cover with a tea towel, and allow to rise in a warm place for about 45 minutes before baking.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake rolls for 25-30 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 190 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Prepare glaze while rolls bake. Combine all ingredients into a small saucepan and heat over medium temperature under mixture turns syrupy and coats the back of a spoon. Set aside to cool.
- Pour glaze over hot rolls as soon as they have been removed from the oven.
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