This is one of the yummiest rolls I have had, and though my husband says its bready, my kids love them and I also sneak in more bites than I should... seeing that its so bready and bad for weight!! :-D
and if you've tried my delicious Stuffed Pizza Buns (click here)
the dough of this roll is the same.
the same amount of oil,+yeast+eggs+flour etc.
so I'll just repeat it here:
If you want to see pictures of the dough-making steps, I would request you to visit the page link given above, because it really helps.
ingredients for the dough:
2 tbsp dry yeast
1 and 3/4 cups of luke-warm water
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
5 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1- soak the yeast in the luke-warm water and 1/3 cup sugar for 15 minutes.
2- Take flour, eggs, butter and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add the yeast mixture and beat with a dough beater for 3 minutes at medium speed.
3- Cover the dough with a cloth and let it rest for 10 minutes.
4- Now the dough would have doubled up in size in these 10 minutes...Kneed the dough again for 3 minutes and rest it for another 10 minutes.
5- It rises again after 10 minutes, so you kneed it once more for 3 minutes, and rest to rise again for 10 minutes.
6- in the meantime get these ingredients together and mix them well:
1/2 cup butter softened
1/2 cup sugar
zest of 2 large oranges
7- Now take the dough, kneed once more and divide into two balls.
8- Lightly flour your countertop and roll each dough ball into two rectangles pressing and stretching with your hands and NOT the rolling pin.
9- Spread the orange zest+butter+sugar mixture evenly on this dough rectangle
10- Roll up this rectangle into a long tube.
11- Use a sharp serrated knife to cut the dough into 1 1/2'' sections. Place each small dough round onto a greased baking dish.
12- Leave the rolls to rise some more for another 30 minutes. they will probably double up in size.
(you can see the difference in the pictures)
13- Bake at 400 F or at 200 C for 10 minutes.
While the rolls are baking prepare the orange glaze.
mix 2 cups powdered sugar, 1/2 tsp grated orange zest and 2 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice.
Mix well till its of a think consistency but not runny.
14- take the slightly golden rolls out of the oven and drizzle with the glaze.
(unfortunately mine got browned and not golden!)
and now for some tips... what I usually do is when oranges are in season, I save the peels.
after removing/scraping the white part of the peels which usually has the bitter taste, I cut thin strips of the peel, sprinkle sugar and then cook it in that sugar.
this candied sugar peels are then frozen and used in various desserts when fresh oranges are not available
Like for this orange glazed rolls, you can use the candied orange peels if fresh orange zest is not available- just powder the frozen peels and use instead of the orange zest.
One can also make various varieties of these rolls:
Sprinkle cinnamon powder+butter+sugar instead of orange-zesty sugar and you will get the famous Cinnamon Rolls (mayb even sprinkle some raisins if you like)
or spread some mixed fruit jam or strawberry crush to get strawberry rolls!
I made these strawberry rolls using strawberry crush and putting the rolls in a muffin pan...hence the shape!
Dripping with Strawberry Glaze (sugar and strawberry crush)
enjoy with some hot lemon tea!
and be ready for some repeat requests because your kids are surely going to love them!!