Saturday, September 27, 2008

Orange rolls with cinnamon glaze

My mother-in-law makes amazing cinnamon rolls. I make good cinnamon rolls. After a few attempts at capturing her recipe, I decided to branch out and develop my own specialty. Fortunately, this one came along quickly and has quickly made its way into our hearts. (And it's easier to make!) I like to start making them the night before for fresh rolls in the morning.

Rolls (directions below)
1/2 tsp yeast
1/8 cup hot water
1/2 tsp sugar
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
2 tsp lemon juice
2 1/4 cups flour + 1/4 cup set aside
pinch nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Honey glaze
1/8 cup honey
1 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp milk

Orange cinnamon glaze
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 tsp butter
1 tsp orange zest
1 1/2 Tbsp orange juice
2 tsp lemon juice

Combine water, 1 tsp sugar and yeast in a small bowl. Set aside. In a large bowl, beat butter then gradually add 1/4 cup sugar and salt. beat until light and fluffy. Add egg, milk and lemon juice and mix until blended. Stir in yeast mixture.

Gradually add 2 1/4 cups flour, cinnamon and nutmeg. Once mixed in, turn dough out onto floures surface. Knead for five minutes, adding from reserved 1/4 cup flour as needed. Once dough is smooth and elastic, place in well-oiled bowl, turning to coat. Cover and let rise one to two hours.

Punch dough down. Divide into 12 pieces. Roll each one out into a 'snake' like you used to do with play-dough. Wrap each snake into a coil and pinch the end into the side to seal. Place side-by-side in a greased baking dish.

In a small bowl combine Honey glaze ingredients. Microwave on low for a few seconds to soften butter and honey, then stir to mix. Brush over tops of the rolls.

**If you're making these at night for the following day, stop here and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight and pull out in the morning and bake as soon as the oven reaches 350°.**

**If making immediately, let rise uncovered one to two hours . Bake in preheated oven at 350°**

Bake 20 to 22 minutes. Let cool two minutes. Mix together ingredients for orange cinnamon glaze until smooth. Spoon or brush over rolls.

1 comment:

kpjordan said...

Oh my goodness, Kari. They look delicious!!! I will be trying those and will let you know how they turn out! Thanks for sharing!