Orange Rolls

Orange Rolls

1 TBSP dry active yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream*
3 cups all purpose flour

2 TBSP butter

2 TBSP orange rind
3/4 cup sugar

Dissolve yeast in water. Then beat in sugar, butter, salt, eggs and sour cream. Gradually add 3 cups flour and mix to combine (do not knead the dough**). Dough should be soft. Let rise until double in bulk (about 2 hours). Knead on floured surface 15 times.

Divide into 2 balls. Roll each ball into a 12” circle so you have a total of (2) 12” circles. Brush each with melted butter. Mix 2 TBSP orange rind with ¾ cup sugar and sprinkle half on each circle. Cut circles into 12 pie-shaped pieces and roll up starting on wide end. Place on greased pan. Cover and rise for approximately 30-60 minutes.

Bake at 350 F for approximately 10 minutes. Allow rolls to cool, then top with glaze. (Cook glaze early to allow it to cool before pouring on rolls.)

3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup sour cream*
2 TBSP frozen orange juice concentrate
1/4 cup butter

Combine and boil slowly for 6 minutes, stirring constantly. Cool and pour over rolls.

*I use Dairy brand Sour cream

**Yeast dough generally requires 8 minutes of kneading to form gluten in the dough. This recipe is unusual that it does not require kneading. The dough will be soft and very workable.

Just the smell of these cooking bring a flood of childhood memories to the surface. A home filled with holiday decorations, Dad home from work for a long Christmas break and my Mom in the kitchen making these rolls for the holidays. We ate these every year and we spent the next 364 days waiting for them again. They are so soft and moist and the glaze is heavenly. I’m a huge fan of orange glazes and this recipe is by far the best. These rolls are in my top 5 all time favorite things to eat- you must try them!

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