This year is all about inspiration-and there is nothing more ‘inspiring’ for me, then turning up the volume on an existing recipe-and making it even yummier!!
Which is exactly what I did Tuesday morning-when I made a simple-yet VERY delicious change to my homemade cinnamon roll recipe!!!
Now don’t get me wrong. There was absolutely nothing wrong with the original recipe for these fluffy-gooey sweet rolls, that have become a family favorite for breakfast/brunch.
But even the BEST sweet roll recipe-can become a tad ‘boring’ after awhile-right? So why not add a little ‘zest’-and bring that recipe to a whole new level?
Of course-there may have been another reason why I decided to amp up my original recipe….
Um….like the fact that hubby bought a whole passel of oranges while I was sick-and I was running out of ways to use them up!!! I mean-come on-I can only drink so much fresh squeezed orange juice!
Oh well-regardless of the reason for my inspiration-I acted upon it-and I’m so glad I did. These puffy, zingy, sweet rolls, are definitely worth the effort-and once you make them-I guarantee you will never buy a canned sweet roll EVER again!!!
Orange Cinnamon Rolls
- 1 cup milk
- 1/4 cup butter
- 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 envelope‘rapid rise’ yeast (approx. 2 1/4 tsp)
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 2 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
- 1/2 cup softened butter (1 stick)
- 1 tsp orange zest
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1-2 tablespoon orange juice (I used fresh squeezed)
- 1 tsp orange zest
Preheat oven to 350.
Directions for dough:
Combine milk and butter in a glass measuring cup (or a microwave-safe bowl.) Microwave for 1 min. Remove and stir. Repeat for 20 seconds, or until butter is melted and milk is warm to the touch. (Not hot!!). Combine flour (3 cups), sugar and salt, in a large mixing bowl.Pour contents of yeast packet into bowl of stand mixer. Add milk mixture, and stir until combined.
Add flour mixture and egg. Using dough hook attachment-begin mixing on low speed until combined-and then medium speed for 1 minute. If dough sticks to the side of bowl-add remaining 1/4 cup of flour. Mix on medium speed for 5 min. Cover dough and let sit for 10 minutes.
Directions for filling:
Combine sugars, cinnamon, and orange zest in a medium bowl. Mix well. Set aside.
Prepare surface for rolling with flour. Lay dough onto floured surface and roll into 15″x10″ rectangle. Spread the 1/2 cup butter evenly across the dough. Pour filling on top-spreading evenly.
Place rolls into a greased 9×13 pan. Cover rolls and place in a warm location for 25 minutes to rise.
Directions for icing:
Combine powdered sugar, butter, orange zest, vanilla, and 1 tablespoon orange juice. Beat until smooth. If icing is to thick for your taste-you can add remaining orange juice. Drizzle icing over warm rolls and enjoy!!!!
I will be linking up to these amazing parties today-so stop on over and be inspired!!!