Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Texas Orange Rolls

Oh boy are these to die for! I love orange rolls and I have never in my life attempted to make them not even cinnamon rolls. Can you believe it? I finally gained my confidence and gave it a try and it was a success!

I found a great recipe but I changed the name to "Texas Orange Rolls" because of their size. These are so delicious and big and moist. I served them with bacon and vanilla smoothies for breakfast during General Conference. I will now forever crave these. I did tweak the frosting a bit and I think it would be yummy to try these with buttermilk replacing the milk in the dough.

Texas Orange Rolls

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 tablespoon orange extract
  • 5 cups bread flour, or more if needed
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons orange extract
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice, or more as needed
Sprinkle 1 tablespoon white sugar and the yeast over the warm milk and warm water in a bowl. Let stand until the yeast softens and begins to form a creamy foam, about 5 minutes. Mix in the egg, 1/2 cup orange juice, melted butter, vanilla pudding mix, and 1 tablespoon orange extract. Stir in 5 cups bread flour and salt. Add more bread flour if the dough is too sticky. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, 8 to 10 minutes.
Place the dough in an oiled bowl and cover with a clean cloth. Allow the dough to rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours.

Combine 1/2 cup softened butter with the orange zest and 1 teaspoon orange extract in a small bowl until smooth. Set aside. Grease a baking sheet.
Turn the dough out on a floured surface and roll out into a 24x12-inch rectangle. Spread the butter mixture evenly over the dough, then sprinkle with 3/4 cup white sugar. Roll up the dough, beginning with the long side. Cut the dough into 18 1 1/2-inch rolls. Arrange the rolls cut-side up on prepared baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove the plastic wrap from the rolls, cover with a towel and allow them to rise in a warm place for 30 minutes. (Tip: I set my oven to the lowest temperature it will go and then once it reaches that temperature I turn it off and place the rolls in there to rise.)

Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes (I prefer to bake mine for 20 minutes, so they are more moist.The longer they cook the drier they can become). Allow rolls to cool slightly before frosting.

While the rolls are baking, cream together the cream cheese and 1/2 cup softened butter until smooth. Stir in the confectioners' sugar and 2 teaspoons orange extract. Stir in orange juice, a little at a time, until frosting is smooth and spreadable. Spread the frosting over the slightly cooled rolls. Enjoy!

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