Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Orange Rolls

recipe from my Mom

This was always a favorite roll recipe that my Mom made when I was growing up. I haven't made these forever and my sister recently brought them to a family gathering.  I was reminded of how much I love them and had to make them again.

Does anyone have an aunt like my Aunt Boni? Everything she makes is delicious and her recipes get passed throughout the entire family.  Such is the case with her basic roll recipe. So for these rolls, we start with Aunt Boni's basic roll dough.

First is the basic mix:

In the largest bowl or container you can find sift together:

 20 cups flour
1 1/4 cups sugar
4 tsp salt
1 1/3 cups powdered milk

This mix can be stored in an airtight container and stored for about 8 months. It makes about 22 cups of basic mix.

Aunt Boni's Basic Roll Recipe

1 Tablespoon instant yeast
1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup oil
5-6 cups mix
Sprinkle of sugar

Place warm water in mixer. Add a sprinkle of sugar and then mix in 1 Tablespoon of yeast. Let sit for about 5 minutes.  Add oil and eggs and mix.  Slowly add 5-6 cups of basic mix one cup at a time and continue to mix until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl slightly. (You may not need to add the entire 6 cups) Try not to add too much flour mixture or your rolls will end up dense instead of light and fluffy. Continue to knead for about 5 minutes in stand mixer. Spray a large bowl with cooking spray, place dough in the bowl and turn over once. Cover with plastic wrap sprayed with cooking spray and allow to rise in a warm place until double (about 1 hour).  After dough has risen, punch down and roll dough into desired shapes.

Orange Rolls

Boni's basic roll recipe

Mix together:
1/2 square butter
1/2 cup sugar
grated rind from 1 orange (set aside 1/2 to 1 teaspoon for glaze)

Roll dough into a rectangle about 1/2 inch thick.  Spread orange mixture on dough and roll up. Cut with a sharp knife or circle with dental floss and cut into slices 1 inch thick.  Place rolls on greased cookie sheet and let rise for 10-15 minutes.  While rolls are rising, preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Bake rolls for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown on top.

Orange Glaze

Mix together:
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 Tbsp water combined with 1/4 teaspoon orange extract or 3 Tbsp of orange juice
1/2 tsp grated orange rind

After taking rolls out of oven, spread glaze over warm rolls.

*In the rolls pictured, I went a little lighter on the glaze trying to keep these rolls a little bit healthier, but for use it generously for the delicious, sticky, lick-your-fingers good, original orange rolls.

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