These orange rolls I’m telling you are outrageously good with a lovely cream cheese glaze. Start by warming your milk and water in a saucepan and bring that into a small simmer. Once your milk is heated, pour it into a jug and add sugar then sprinkle your yeast over the milk and set it aside for a few minutes. Place your flour sugar and salt in a stand mixer, add melted butter to the milk, eggs than a droplet of vanilla then give it a little whisk and pour the mixture to the stand mixer. Bring the mixer to medium speed for a few minutes or until it comes together. Meanwhile, take a big bowl and brush it with some oil and get that ready for the dough to rise. Once your dough is out of the mixer, place it into a bowl and take whatever is left over on your pastry brush and brush that over once and cover with a plastic wrap.
Place it in a warm place, like in a switched off microwave for an hour to two until it doubles in size. Once the dough has risen, flour your surface and knead your dough for about a minute to get rid of those air bubbles. Take your rolling pin and roll that to about 9 to a 15-inch rectangle shape then take softened butter and spread it evenly the dough. Sprinkle sugar all over the surface of the dough then take an orange and zest that over the top and evenly as possible as you can. You are going to roll that jelly roll style, start at the very farthest edge away from you, roll it like a jelly roll until the very last edge. You are then going to cut the roll into around 16 even rolls then put them is a pan that you are prepared buttered pan. Fill your pan up then cover that with a kitchen towel and let them sit and rise for an hour until you see they get really nice and pumped up about double the size. Once they have rested, brush them with some melted butter then place them in your 350 degrees oven until golden brown.
Make your little cream cheese glaze, in a bowl, add some softened cream cheese, some confectioner sugar or powdered sugar then add a splash of vanilla and some orange juice that we zested. Mix that well with a hand mixer then add more orange juice and mix it until it is runny. Take your cooled rolls and glaze that over them, the goal is to get this to cover the rolls. If you make these orange rolls, you will understand what a sweet obsession feels like.
- 1 Package of Dry Yeast
- 3/4 cup of Whole Milk
- 1/4 cup of Granulated Sugar
- 1/4 cup of Water, warmed up to 115 degrees
- 1/4 tsp of Vanilla Extract
- 1 Egg
- 1 tsp of Salt
- 1/4 cup of Unsalted Butter, melted
- 4 cups of All Purpose Flour
- 1/4 cup of Melted Butter, to brush over the top before baking
For the Filling;
- 1/3 cup of Unsalted Butter, at room temperature
- 3/4 cup of Granulated Sugar
- Zest of 2 Oranges
For the Glaze;
- 1/4 cup of Cream Cheese, at room temperature
- 1 Tbsp of Butter, at room temperature
- 1-1/4 cups of Powdered Sugar
- 1/2 tsp of Vanilla Extract
- 3 Tbsp or so of Orange Juice
- In a small bowl, combine the warm water and 1 tsp of the granulated sugar, sprinkle the yeast over the top and let it sit for about 5 minutes.
- In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a dough hook, mix the egg, milk, salt, sugar, and melted butter.
- Add 2 cups of the flour and the water, vanilla and yeast mixture, mix until its all incorporated and slowly add about 2 more cups of flour.
- Turn the speed up to medium and let it mix for about 5 to 7 minutes or until you have a smooth dough.
- Oil a large bowl with some vegetable oil and set aside. Take the dough out of the mixer and pull it together with your hands to form a ball.
- Place it in the oiled bowl and oil the top of the dough with a little vegetable oil.
- Cover with plastic wrap and place it in a warm spot to rise for about 2 hours.
- When doubled in size, punch the dough down and roll it out onto a floured surface into a 15×9” rectangle.
- Spread the soft butter over the top and sprinkle the sugar and orange zest evenly over the butter.
- Starting from one of the long ends, tightly roll the dough into a jelly roll form. Cut into 14 to 16 slices and place them cut side down in a well buttered 9×13″ baking pan.
- Cover with plastic wrap and put them back into a warm spot to rise for another 1-1/2 hours.
- Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Once risen, brush them with some melted butter and bake them for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.
- While the orange rolls cool for a few minutes make the glaze.
- Mix all the ingredients of the glaze in a bowl except for the orange juice, once the cream cheese is all mixed.
- Slowly adds the orange juice until you get a runny glaze consistency. Immediately pour the glaze over the rolls and enjoy.