I pulled a little from a few different recipes to make these yummy, orange sweet rolls with orange-zest icing. My goal was to create a homemade version of the ones that come in a tube from the grocery, which I loved so much as a kid. These were just as orangey-sweet, flaky, and sticky (and sugar and fat laden)... but minus the artificial flavors, dyes, chemical additives, and partially hydrogenated oil. Yay!
Frozen, Ready-to-Bake Orange Sweet Rolls
Makes 15-30 rolls
2 cups organic whole milk
1/2 cup organic cane sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 1/4 Tbsp yeast
4 1/2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp sea salt
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar
Zest of 3-4 oranges
Zest and juice of 2 oranges
1-2 cups powdered sugar
In a large sauce pan, warm milk, sugar, and oil over medium heat, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and sprinkle yeast over the top; allow to sit for 10 minutes. In a large bowl, add 4 cups of flour and pour milk and yeast mixture over the top. Stir to incorporate, then cover and let rise for at least one hour.
Stir remaining 1/2 cup flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in to dough. Roll dough into a 30 x 10 inch rectangle. Brush melted butter over the dough and sprinkle liberally with brown sugar and orange zest. Roll dough into a long, tight log, pinching seams closed. Slice into approximately 1/2-1" thick rolls.
Place rolls on parchment lined sheet pans and freeze solid (about 1 hour). Pack frozen rolls in a lightly-oiled pan and cover/seal tightly (I used aluminum pans with lids, slid into gallon-size freezer bags for swapping/gifting).
To make icing, combine orange juice and zest with powdered sugar until desired consistency. (I divided mine into snack-size, zip-top bags and packed them in with the frozen sweet rolls.)
Baking instructions: Bake uncovered, straight from the freezer, at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes, until lightly browned on top. Snip corner of icing packet and drizzle icing over rolls. Serve warm, with a smile.