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The Best Orange Rolls Recipe You'll Ever Try

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There's something about the sweet aroma of warm, freshly-baked orange rolls that make them the perfect treat for any special occasion. Whether it's Christmas morning, holiday dinner or a lazy weekend morning, these decadent homemade rolls are sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

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While you can certainly find pre-made orange rolls in the grocery store with freshly-baked pillsbury orange rolls but there's nothing quite like the fluffiness and homemade taste of freshly baked orange rolls. Plus, making your own allows you to customize the flavor and texture to your liking. You will love these sweet orange rolls.

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This orange rolls recipe was made in a bread machine. It is a fast and easy way to make the perfect soft roll. 

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Orange Rolls Recipe on white plate

Orange Sweet Rolls Recipe

  • 1/4 cup orange juice 
  • 1 cup warm milk 
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1T. grated orange zest
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups of flour
  • 2 1/2 t. dry, active yeast
bowl with orange glaze

Orange Rolls Glaze Recipe

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 T orange juice
  • 1 T grated orange zest

Homemade Orange Rolls Directions

  1. Add the ingredients in the bread machine in the order listed above.
  2. Select the dough on the bread machine.Bread dough in bread machine bowl
  3. After the cycle is finished, take out the dough and place it on a surface dusted with flour or parchment paper.
  4. Roll it out into a rectangle with a thickness of 1/2". Unbaked orange rolls dough cut into triangular shapes on parchment paper.
  5. Using a pizza cutter, slice the dough like a pizza into triangles.
  6. Starting with the long side, roll the dough to the other side. Unbaked orange rolls arranged on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  7. Place them on a baking sheet lined with  parchment paper. I separate mine onto two baking sheets with space in between.
  8.  Bake at 350 degrees F for 10  minutes or the bottom orange roll recipe is golden brown.
  9. While baking, mix together glaze recipe.
  10. Immediately after pulling rolls out of the oven, cover the tops with orange icing. Cool at room temperature then cover with plastic wrap or in airtight container until you are ready to enjoy. 

To get the best results when making easy orange rolls at home, there are a few key tips to keep in mind. First, it's important to activate the yeast mixture properly to ensure that the dough rises correctly. Make sure to use warm water, not hot, when activating the yeast, and give it plenty of time to sit in a warm spot before adding it to the dough.

Another important tip is to let the dough rise twice - once after it's been mixed and once after it's been rolled into individual rolls. This second rise will give the rolls an extra fluffy texture that you won't get with a single rise.

When it comes to shaping the rolls, you can either roll the dough into individual pieces or create larger rolls by rolling the dough into one long shape and then slicing it into pieces. If you're going for the classic cinnamon roll shape, make sure to roll the dough tightly to create those signature spirals.

Finally, don't forget to top your orange rolls with a sweet orange glaze or cream cheese glaze for an extra decadent touch. And if you're short on time or don't want to fuss with making your own dough, there are plenty of easy orange roll recipes out there that use pre-made bread dough or even canned cinnamon rolls.

No matter how you choose to make your orange rolls, they're sure to be a hit. Whether you're enjoying them for a special breakfast or serving them up for dessert, these sweet treats are the great way to add a little sunshine to your day.

FAQ for Fluffy Orange rolls

  1. Can I make this sweet roll recipe ahead of time?

Yes, you can definitely make orange rolls ahead of time. After baking the rolls, allow them to cool completely before storing them in an airtight container or wrapping them tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil. Orange rolls will stay fresh for up to three days at room temperature or up to a week in the fridge. To reheat the rolls, place them in a 350°F oven for 5-7 minutes until warmed through.

  1. Can I use wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour in my orange roll recipe?

Yes, you can use wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour in your orange roll recipe. However, keep in mind that wheat flour has a lower gluten content than all-purpose flour, which can affect the texture of your rolls. To compensate for this, you may want to use bread flour instead of all-purpose flour, or mix a combination of wheat and all-purpose flour to get the desired texture.

  1. Can I substitute orange juice for fresh orange zest in my orange roll recipe?

While fresh orange zest is a key ingredient in most orange roll recipes, you can use orange juice as a substitute if needed. Keep in mind that the flavor will be slightly different and the texture may be affected if you use too much liquid. Start by substituting a small amount of orange juice for the zest and adjust as needed based on your taste preferences. You may also want to add a little extra sugar to balance out the tartness of the juice.

Common supplies used for making orange baked rolls:

  1. Mixing bowls: You will need at least one mixing bowl for making the dough, and possibly additional bowls for preparing the filling, icing, or glaze.
  2. Measuring cups and spoons: Accurate measuring is important when baking, so make sure you have a set of measuring cups and spoons on hand.
  3. Bread machine: If you have a bread machine, you can use it to make the dough for your orange rolls.
  4. Rolling pin: You will need a rolling pin to roll out the dough and shape it into a rectangle.
  5. Muffin tin or baking sheet: Depending on the size and shape of your rolls, you may need a muffin tin or baking sheet to bake them in.
  6. Plastic wrap and/or aluminum foil: These can be used to cover the dough as it rises or to store the finished rolls.
  7. Parchment paper: This can be used to line your baking sheet or muffin tin to prevent the rolls from sticking.
  8. Orange juicer or zester: If you are using fresh orange juice or zest in your recipe, you will need a juicer or zester.
  9. Mixing spoon or spatula: These can be used to mix the dough, filling, icing, or glaze.
  10. Pastry brush: This can be used to brush melted butter or egg wash onto the dough.
  11. Cooling rack: You will need a cooling rack to let the rolls cool once they come out of the oven.

Other bread recipes you might love:

Banana Bread

Cinnamon Bread

Bread Sticks

Blueberry Muffins

Yield: 12

Orange Rolls Recipe

Three freshly baked orange rolls on a white rectangular plate with a colorful floral tablecloth background.

These orange rolls are a delicious and easy-to-make pastry that are perfect for breakfast, brunch, or even dessert. The dough is soft, fluffy, and infused with the tangy flavor of fresh orange zest and juice. The rolls are then filled with a sweet and citrusy mixture of butter, sugar, and more fresh orange zest, creating a burst of flavor with every bite.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • Rolls
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1T. grated orange zest
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 2 1/2 t. dry, active yeast
  • Glaze
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 T orange juice
  • 1 T grated orange zest

Instructions

  1. Add the ingredients in the bread machine in the order listed above.
  2. Select the dough on the bread machine.Bread dough in bread machine bowl
  3. After the cycle is finished, take out the dough and place it on a surface dusted with flour or parchment paper.
  4. Roll it out into a rectangle with a thickness of 1/2". rolled out dough
  5. Using a pizza cutter, slice the dough like a pizza into triangles.
  6. Starting with the long side, roll the dough to the other side.
  7. Place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. I separate mine onto two baking sheets with space in between.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes or the bottom of breadsticks are light brown.
  9. While baking, mix together glaze recipe.
  10. Immediately after pulling rolls out of the oven, cover the tops with orange glaze recipe.

Well, there you have it - a a sweet reason for a delicious and easy recipe for homemade orange sweet rolls that will have your taste buds singing! Whether you're looking for a sweet treat to enjoy with your morning coffee, or a crowd-pleasing dessert for a special occasion, these rolls are sure to do the trick. With their soft, fluffiest bakery roll texture and tangy orange flavor, they're the perfect combination of sweet and citrusy. This will quickly become one off your favorite recipes. Some of the best things in life come covered in fresh orange glaze.

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