Monday, November 25, 2013

Orange Rolls


There is just something about having good rolls at Thanksgiving or any meal for that matter. This is a recipe that once you try you won't look any further and will continue to go back and back to this recipe. I remember as a little girl having these at many family gatherings. My Aunt Karen originally started making these rolls and they have gone from generation to generation! My mom makes these rolls and these knotted rolls atleast once a month for our family Sunday dinners. Yes, I know we are very very spoiled! And now I consider myself a HUGE roll snob and I think all my brothers and sisters and the in-laws in our family would say the same thing!

So next time you are in charge of the rolls at your thanksgiving, family dinner, party, or just want to spoil and refine your loved ones tastes....make these or these and they will love you forever!

The Best Orange Rolls

1/4 cup warm water
1 teaspoon sugar
1 Tablespoon yeast
3/4 cup butter
3 cups milk
3/4 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon salt
1 cup instant potato flakes
4 eggs, room temperature
8 cups flour

Combine warm water, yeast, and sugar in a bowl. Let sit for 10 minutes. Make sure that the yeast bubbles so that you know the yeast is good and is activated. While the yeast mixture is sitting, in a saucepan melt the butter and then add the milk. Heat until milk is warm. In a bread mixer add the warm milk mixture, then the yeast mixture and then while mixer is going add the sugar,salt,potato flakes, and 2 cups flour. Then add the eggs one at a time while it continues to mix. After those ingredients are all combined add the remaining 6 cups of flour. Mix for about 5 minutes. Dough will be sticky but will be off of the sides of the bowl. Cover and let rise for 1 hour.

Filling:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
Orange peel (for 2 oranges)

Roll out in a 36 inch by 12 inch rectangle. Spread softened butter all over and then evenly pour sugar over the butter and sprinkle orange peel evenly. Fold into a tri fold or letter fold and then cut into 1 inch strips (it will look and feel short but it will work out in the end) tie in a knot. and put onto cookie sheet (12 rolls per sheet) and let rise for 3 hours. Bake at 400 degrees F for 8 to 10 minutes or until very lightly browned.

Glaze:
4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Orange juice (until glaze is a thin consistency)

Combined powdered sugar and vanilla. Slowly add the orange juice until glaze is thin. Pour over the rolls while they are still warm.



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