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Orange Rolls

Prep time 30 mins
Stand time 5 mins
Rise time 3 hrs
Bake time 22 mins
Cool time 2 mins
Yield Makes 24 servings
The rolls need rising time, so plan this recipe for a weekend or day off.

Ingredients

  • 1 (1/4-oz.) envelope active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup warm water (100º to 110º)
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 4 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup bread flour
  • Honey Topping
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans (optional)
  • Fresh Orange Glaze

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a 1-cup glass measuring cup; let stand 5 minutes.

  2. Beat butter at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer using the paddle attachment until creamy. Gradually add 1/2 cup sugar and salt, beating at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs, milk, and lemon juice, beating until blended. Stir in yeast mixture.

  3. Combine 4 1/2 cups bread flour and nutmeg. Gradually add to butter mixture, beating at low speed 2 minutes or until well blended.

  4. Turn dough out onto a surface floured with about 1/4 cup bread flour; knead for 5 minutes, adding additional bread flour as needed. Place dough in a lightly greased large bowl, turning to grease top of dough. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until doubled in bulk.

  5. Punch dough down; turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide dough in half. Divide 1 dough half into 12 equal pieces; shape each piece, rolling between hands, into a 7- to 8-inch-long rope. Wrap each rope into a coil, firmly pinching end to seal. Place rolls in a lightly greased 10-inch round cake pan. Repeat procedure with remaining dough half. Drizzle half of Honey Topping evenly over each pan of rolls.

  6. Let rise, uncovered, in a warm place 1 hour or until doubled in size. Top evenly with pecans, if desired.

  7. Bake at 350° for 20 to 22 minutes or until rolls are lightly browned. Cool rolls 2 minutes in pans. Spoon half of Fresh Orange Glaze evenly over each pan of warm rolls, and serve immediately.