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Orange Sweet Rolls

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Last Updated on June 18, 2020 by Lisa Johnson

These Orange Sweet Rolls are the perfect start to the day, or end to a meal that the whole family will love! They are filled with a sweet orange filling and topped with a citrus flavored icing. Don’t be afraid of the yeast dough, it really is easier than most people think…and I have step-by-step images to help you along the way…..

Start your day with these delicious Orange Sweet Rolls! © COOKING WITH CURLS

Yep, these Orange Sweet Rolls really are as delicious as they look!!

Mornings will be brighter and sweeter with these delicious Orange Sweet Rolls to greet you! © COOKING WITH CURLS

How to make Orange Sweet Rolls:

Heat orange juice and milk to 110 – 115 degrees. Pour the mixture into a large bowl.

Sprinkle the yeast over the liquid…..

Sprinkle yeast over the warm water in a large bowl © COOKING WITH CURLS

and stir to combine…..

Stir yeast and warm water together in a large bowl © COOKING WITH CURLS

Allow the yeast mixture to sit for 5 to 10  minutes to proof, start to foam…..

Proof the yeast in a large bowl © COOKING WITH CURLS

Add the sugar, butter, egg and orange zest, and mix to combine…..

Add the sugar and orange zest to the proofed yeast in the bowl © COOKING WITH CURLS

Add the flour and salt and mix with a dough hook to fully combine and form a soft ball of dough, 4 to 5 minutes…..

Mix the dough with a dough hook COOKING WITH CURLS

Place dough in an oiled bowl, flip it over and cover. Allow dough to rise in a warm location for 1 1/2 hours, or until doubled in size…..

Allow the dough to rise until doubled in size © COOKING WITH CURLS

Remove dough and place on a flour covered work surface.

Roll dough out into a 15″ x 18″ rectangle…..

Roll dough out into a rectangle © COOKING WITH CURLS

If dough bounces back and won’t roll out, allow to rest for a few minutes and then try again.

Spread the softened butter over the dough, then sprinkle with the sugar and orange zest mixture…..

Spread filling over dough rectangle © COOKING WITH CURLS

Roll the dough into an 18″ log…..

Roll dough into a log © COOKING WITH CURLS

Cut into 12 equal slices and place in a 13″ x 9″ baking dish that has been sprayed with baking spray…..

Place sliced rolls in a buttered baking dish © COOKING WITH CURLS

Cover with a dish towel and allow to rise until doubled in size, about an hour…..

Allow rolls to double in size © COOKING WITH CURLS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place rolls in the oven and bake for 20 to 30 minutes {depending on oven}, or until golden brown and cooked through in the center.

Remove from oven and set aside to cool for 10  minutes.

Whisk the icing together in a small bowl and drizzle over the rolls in the pan…..

Orange Sweet Rolls © COOKING WITH CURLS

These are my favorite sweet rolls yet!!

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  • I added butter to the icing to cut down on the sweetness, but it separated. I am fine with the look, but you may want to add a bit of heavy cream or milk to get it to emulsify better.
  • I did not have orange extract so I used lemon…and it is amazing. Feel free to substitute orange extract if you have it on hand for a more intense orange flavor.
  • I used this KitchenAid Stand Mixer and love it! It comes with a metal bowl, and I purchased this Glass Mixing Bowl so you can see what I am doing.

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Don’t these Orange Sweet Rolls scream Spring? Vibrant, colorful and oh so delicious!

Enjoy!!

Start your day with these delicious Orange Sweet Rolls! © COOKING WITH CURLS

Orange Sweet Rolls

Mornings will be brighter and sweeter with these delicious Orange Sweet Rolls to greet you! They have a sweet orange filling and they're topped off with a citrus flavored icing.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sweet rolls, breakfast recipe, orange rolls
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Rising Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 12 Servings
Calories: 431kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Ingredients

Sweet Rolls

  • ½ cup fresh orange juice
  • ¾ cup whole milk (I used Unsweetened CashewMilk)
  • 2 Tablespoons active dry yeast
  • ½ cup unsalted butter very soft or at room temperature
  • 1 large egg (at room temperature)
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 4 ½ cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Orange Filling

  • ½ cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh orange zest

Citrus Icing

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter (softened)
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • ½ teaspoon lemon extract (or substitute orange extract)

Instructions

Sweet Rolls

  • Heat orange juice and milk to 110 – 115 degrees. Pour the mixture into a large bowl.
  • Sprinkle the yeast over the liquid and stir to combine.
  • Allow the yeast mixture to sit for 5 to 10 minutes to proof, start to foam.
  • Add the sugar, butter, egg and orange zest, and mix to combine.
  • Add the flour and salt and mix with a dough hook to fully combine and form a soft ball of dough, 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Place dough in an oiled bowl, flip it over and cover. Allow dough to rise in a warm location for 1 1/2 hours, or until doubled in size.
  • Remove dough and place on a flour covered work surface.
  • Roll dough out into a 15″ x 18″ rectangle. *If dough bounces back and won’t roll out, allow to rest for a few minutes and then try again.
  • Spread the softened butter over the dough, then sprinkle with the sugar and orange zest mixture.
  • Roll the dough into an 18″ log. Cut into 12 equal slices and place in a 13″ x 9″ baking dish that has been sprayed with baking spray.
  • Cover with a dish towel and allow to rise until doubled in size, about an hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place rolls in the oven and bake for 20 to 30 minutes {depending on oven}, or until golden brown and cooked through in the center.
  • Remove from oven and set aside to cool for 10 minutes.
  • Whisk the icing together in a small bowl and drizzle over the rolls in the pan.

Notes

  • I added butter to the icing to cut down on the sweetness, but it separated. I am fine with the look, but you may want to add a bit of heavy cream or milk to get it to emulsify better.
  • I did not have orange extract so I used lemon…and it is amazing. Feel free to substitute orange extract if you have it on hand for a more intense orange flavor.
  • I used this KitchenAid Stand Mixer and love it! It comes with a metal bowl, and I purchased this Glass Mixing Bowl so you can see what I am doing.

Nutrition

Calories: 431kcal | Carbohydrates: 77g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 209mg | Potassium: 108mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 370IU | Vitamin C: 8.7mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2.3mg

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