Monday, May 16, 2011

Orange Rolls

Birthdays are kind of a big deal in Boy’s family. His mother does all that she can to make her children feel like they are king or queen for a day. As part of the royal birthday treatment tradition, everyone gets orange rolls for breakfast. It sounds like a good idea right? That is unless you are the one who has to wake up before the crack of dawn to make aforementioned orange rolls.

Well lucky or unlucky for me (I’m never quite sure which) the term orange roll means something entirely different to me than it does to Boy. In the home I grew up in orange rolls were always made from scratch and were served at formal holiday dinners (a rare treat). In Boy’s family, orange rolls were served out of a refrigerated cardboard tube (see lucky me I don’t have to make fresh bread, unlucky for me I have to eat rolls out of cardboard tube).

Yes, I was not excited about replacing my beloved orange rolls with a store bought version, but since this was Boy’s tradition, we kept it “as-is” and I’ve been “making” refrigerated, canister orange rolls for every birthday breakfast since we’ve been married. This year that tradition ended.

Happy Birthday Boy!
(Belated blog post because blogger was down on your birthday and the day following)

For his birthday this year I made some homemade orange rolls to replace the ones the tradition was founded on (does this make me a progressive?) I hope he can forgive me for messing with a 35-year-old tradition but for the sake of flavor and quality, I hope he’ll appreciate the change.

Happy Birthday!

Orange Rolls

¼ cup warm water
2 ¼ teaspoon yeast (active dry)
1 cup warm milk
½ cup unsalted butter,
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups whole-wheat flour (I used fresh milled winter white wheat-AP flour can also be used)
2 eggs
zest of 1 orange (2 tablespoons)
juice of 1 orange (¼ cup)
3-3 ½ cups all-purpose flour

Zest of 1 orange (2 tablespoons)
Juice of ½ an orange (2 tablespoons)
3-4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
¾ - 1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

  1. Dissolve yeast in ¼ cup of water and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attached, combine milk, butter, sugar and salt. Once combined mix in whole-wheat flour and beat well. Beat in eggs, softened yeast, and zest & juice from one orange.
  3. Replace paddle attachment with the dough hook and add it 3-3 ½ cups of all purpose flour (dough should be soft and sticky). Knead dough for 8-10 minutes until it is smooth and elastic.
  4. Shape dough into a round, place into an ungreased bowl. Cover; let rise in a warm draft-free place until double (about 2 hours)
  5. If using whole-wheat flour; carefully deflate the dough after 1st rise, reshape into a round, put back into bowl, cover with lid and allow to rise for another 45 minutes (until when a wet finger is poked ½ inch into the dough, the indentation stays without springing back or sagging). The second rise is not necessary however it will make for a more flavorful and lighter dough.
  6. Deflate dough (again, if using whole-wheat), divide into 2 equal halves, shape each half into a  round then cover with a bread cloth for 10 minutes to allow for the dough to rest.
  7. While dough is resting, make the filling by combining the orange zest and juice with 3 tablespoons melted butter. Add in the cinnamon (if using) and the sugar until you reach the desired consistency (if you like a lot of filling, you may need to add another tablespoon of melted butter and an additional ¼ cup sugar)
  8. On a nonstick mat or floured board, roll one round of dough into a 19x13(ish) rectangle that is ¼-inch thick. Using ½ of the filling, schmear a thin layer over the dough leaving a 1” margin along one of the longer edges of the rectangle. Take the filling all the way to the edge  on the other three sides. Starting with the long side of the rectangle (that has the schmear taken all the way to the edge) start rolling the dough. Begin in the middle and work your way out to the edges. Continue to roll until the dough is in one long roll. Pinch the seam closed to prevent the rolls from unraveling during the final proof and baking.
  9. With a string, dental floss or a sharp serrated knife, cut the long roll into 1-inch segments and place each segment 1” apart on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking oil or lined with parchment paper. Repeat steps 8 -10 for the second dough round. (If you would like to freeze your rolls for a later time (which I highly recommend – especially if you are planning on eating these for breakfast), place them on a greased cookie sheet so that the rolls are touching one another and then place them, uncovered, in the freezer for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, transfer the dough to a freezer proof container or Ziploc bag.)
  10. Cover rolls and allow to rise for 45 minutes (after 30 minutes preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.) Bake the rolls for 12-15 minutes until rolls are golden brown.
  11. Remove from the oven and immediately drizzle or frost with orange ginger cream cheese glaze/frosting (Recipe follows)

1/3 cup (5.3 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened but not melted
      5. 3 oz. (2/3 of an 8 oz. brick) cream cheese, softened
      1 tsp orange zest
      2 tbsp orange juice
      1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
      1 - 2 ½ cups powdered sugar

Combine the first 5 ingredients. Gradually add the powdered sugar until you achieve the desired consistency for glaze or frosting. (If you have leftover frosting from the Carrot Cupcakes-you can just use that.)

Notes: To prepare rolls from frozen, place frozen rolls in or on a prepared baking pan/sheet (greased or lined w/ parchment paper or silpat). Cover rolls with plastic wrap that has been sprayed with cooking oil and allow to proof. This will take about 2 to 2 ½ hours.  Rolls can then be baked in  375 degree F oven for 12-15 minutes.

Source: adapted from my Aunt Gayle’s Thanksgiving Orange Roll recipe which was adapted from an Orange Rosette Recipe in a 1970’s edition of the Better Homes and Garden red checkered cookbook.



Kate from Scratch said...

I LOVE orange and ginger and these sound absolutely divine. I too am always debating with my husband about what cooking really is. I feel like if all I have to do is heat it up, then it's not really cooking. He never experienced anything besides things being heated, so that's his definition of cooking. lol. Lovely post and happy birthday to boy.

Chad @ thebreakupnote said...

Love the flavors here - this was a favorite of mine as a kid, so trying the homemade kind is definitely going on my bucket list!

Dreams of cakes said...

So delicious! I like rolls very much, and yours look extremely tasty!

Erin said...

I thought you had always made homemade orange/cinnamon rolls...

Apron Appeal said...

Erin, homemade cinnamon rolls yes, homemade orange rolls, I haven't had a recipe I've really loved until I came up with this one. In the past I had always tried to incorporate the orange into my "go to" cinnamon roll recipe and it just never worked. So instead I decided to use what I know worked as an orange roll, and sweeten it up a bit.

Unknown said...

Oh yes - I hope he forgived you because these look amazing!

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

My hubby loves orange rolls, too, and I hope he doesn't catch a glimpse of your mouth watering photos or he'll be hinting around for some. Great recipe!

Charishma said...

wow i love to bake,going to try this out pretty soon,iam a fan and iam following you :) looking forward to more recipes.check out my blog
and follow :)

Unknown said...

These look amazing! I love the way the frosting looks. So yummy! By the way, I loved your idea about making the Lemon Blueberry Gooey cake in a dutch oven! We are going camping Memorial Day weekend and I totally have to do that! Thanks for the idea :)

Trac said...

These are just beautiful! Now I want some Orange Rolls. Let's see...yup, got a plan. Nothing compares to a homemade roll like these- I could just eat the pic!

Lulu"s Sweet Secrets said...

Hi! I appreciate the comment you left on my blog!
I love your recipes :)

Spicegirl said...

When I was growing up, we always had cinnamon and orange rolls from a tube Christmas morning. Loved them, until one day I had cinnamon rolls from scratch, and it ruined me forever. These look too fabulous not to try. Great photos.

Andie @ CanYouStayForDinner said...

On my birthday, next January 25, will you please make these? They look divine! Great great recipe :)

Culinarication said...

Wow, these look good! I need to find someone to make me a birthday treat like this...

Unknown said...

If Boy doesn't appreciate the change, please feel free to ship the entire batch my way. They're AMAZING.

Holly Henry said...

These look amazingly yummy! Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to more of your posts as I'm now a follower :)


Buttercream Blondie said...

These look beautiful and much better than anything out of a tube!

Kate@Diethood said...

These sound crazy delicious!! That frosting...oh my goodness...yum!

Linda @ Lemon Drop said...

these look amazing - my mouth is watering. I love the change to orange vs your regular cinnamon bun! thx for sharing :)

Chris's Gourmet Fashion said...

Those Orange rolls look so good. A belated happy Birthday to Boy!

Leanne said...

I've never heard of orange rolls, and now I'm a little upset they've been missing from my life all these years! They look amazing.

Chef Dennis Littley said...

how could he not love those rolls!! I think you may have started a new tradition, but one that happens a few times a month....sigh...those rolls must have been so very very good!

Anonymous said...

OHhhhhhhhhhh so good I am lucky I live so close. I will be your taste tester anytime

Kelly said...

Oh, yum! I will be making these soon!

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