This is one of my Mom’s recipes so you know it’s got to be good! She actually has a different orange roll recipe of her own that I will post another time but likes to make this one every so often for a change. I can tell you they are wonderful! They are soft and fluffy with a mellow, sweet taste of orange. The cream cheese icing is delicious – a perfect complement to the citrus flavor. I actually make them with lemon juice, zest, or extract sometimes as well. Any combination of orange and lemon is wonderful. My husband is not a big cinnamon roll lover but he raves about these! His favorite part is how the butter and sugar melt together to form a sticky sweet bottom to the rolls. Yum! I have to say my favorite thing, beside the fabulous taste, is how pretty they look. These orange rolls are perfect to serve at summer brunches or baby showers.
Lehi Orange Rolls
1/3 cup warm water
2 Tb yeast
1 tsp orange extract
1 cup warm water
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup oil
5 1/2 – 7 cups flour, divided
1 cup butter, softened, divided
1 1/3 cup sugar, divided
zest of 2 oranges
Dissolve yeast in 1/3 cup very warm water. Add eggs and beat. Add orange extract, 1 cup warm water, salt, 1/3 cup sugar, oil, and 4 1/2 cups flour. Beat. Add 1/2 to 1 cup flour and knead for several minutes. Place dough in greased bowl and cover with greased plastic wrap. Put in a warm place and let rise for 1 hour, or until doubled.
Knead dough 5 or 6 times. Divide in half. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Roll each half out into a narrow and long rectangle, about 1/2 inch thick. Spread with softened butter, remaining sugar, and orange zest. Roll up lengthwise and pinch to seal edge of dough. Cut rolls about 1 1/2 inches thick. Place in a greased pan fairly close together and cover with greased plastic wrap. Let rise for 1 hour in warm place. Bake at 350 degree for 12 to 17 minutes. Don’t overbake. Let cool slightly, then ice with orange cream cheese icing.
Orange Cream Cheese Icing
1/2 package of cream cheese (4 oz.), at room temperature
1 Tb butter, softened
1/2 package of powdered sugar (about 3 cups)
2 Tb orange juice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 – 1 tsp orange extract, to taste
Beat all ingredients together. Add more orange juice, if necessary, for drizzle consistency. Use over orange rolls.