With the holiday season approaching, I think it's very important that I share with you my absolute favorite roll recipe. There are so many good things about these rolls. The soft, flaky texture. The salty yet sweet flavor, the way they just melt in your mouth. Mmm!
I brought these to a family gathering a while back and it was amazing to see how quickly they were gone. I caution you that if you make these one time for a family gathering, you may be asked to bring them to all future family gatherings. This is okay though because this recipe is not incredibly difficult. (No kneading.) These are simply delicious.
Famous Holiday Orange Rolls
From Linda Schlauder
Prep Time: 1 hour
Rise/Waiting Time: about 10.5 hours
Baking Time: 10-12 minutes
Total Time: about 12 hours
3 Tablespoons dry yeast
2/3 cup lukewarm water
1 cup butter, chopped
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt
2 cups milk, scalded
2 eggs, beaten
6 cups flour
14 Tablespoons butter, softened
1 cup sugar
Grated peel of 2 oranges
In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in the water. Combine the chopped butter, 1/2 cup sugar and salt in a large bowl. Add the hot milk and mix to dissolve butter. Let stand until lukewarm.
Add the yeast, eggs and flour and mix well to form a sticky dough. (The dough should actually be sticky so don't feel the need to add more flour.) Let rise, covered, in the refrigerator for 8 hours or longer.
Remove dough from the refrigerator 2 to 2 1/2 hours before baking.
Divide the dough into halves and roll each into a rectangular shape on a floured surface. Mix the softened butter, 1 cup sugar, and grated orange peel in a bowl. Spread on the dough. Roll up the dough to enclose the filling. Cut the dough into 1-inch pieces using dental floss or thread. Place into greased muffin cups and let rise until doubled in bulk (about 20-30 minutes).
Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until tops are golden brown. Enjoy!