Orange Cinnamon Rolls

Orange Cinnamon Rolls

I love going out for breakfast. I used to go out to brunch every Sunday with my girlfriends for pancakes, eggs and smoothies. The credit crunch pretty much ruined that for us the last few years

Orange Cinnamon Rolls

Consequently there have been a lot more breakfasts at home. That and I hate going out in the cold. I like to make my dough for these on Saturday nights and pop the rolls in the oven on Sunday morning.

Orange Cinnamon Rolls

I love the citrus and spice combination. A great flavor for a Christmas breakfast or brunch.

Orange Cinnamon Rolls

Yield: 18 rolls

Orange Cinnamon Rolls



1 cup whole milk

4 tbs unsalted butter, softened

1/3 cup sugar

1 tso salt

2 eggs

3 1/3 cups plain flour

2 1/2 tsp instant yeast

Orange Filling

4 tbs unsalted butter, softened

2 tsp orange zest

2/3 cup sugar

2 tsp cinnamon

4 tbs unsalted butter, softened (for the pan)


1 1/2 cups icing sugar

1 tsp orange zest

1/4 orange juice


  1. In a medium bowl combine the milk, butter, sugar and salt. Microwave on high for 1 minute or until warm. Whisk in the eggs.
  2. In a large bowl mix the flour and yeast. Add in the milk mixture and mix on low speed until a dough forms and starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl. About 5-6 minutes.
  3. On low speed using the dough hook mix on low speed. Add a tablespoon of flour to keep the dough sticking to the bowl. Mix until the dough is smooth and springs backed when poked (about 4-6 minutes).
  4. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a tea towel and leave to rise in a warm place about 45-60 minutes.
  5. Spread the butter into two 9 inch pans. Transfer the dough to a floured surface and split into 2. Roll out each half into a 8 x 12 rectangle.
  6. Make the filling. Combine the butter and orange zest in a small bowl. Spread half over each rolled out rectangle. Sprinkle each half evenly with the cinnamon and sugar. Roll up the dough into a tight cylinder. Slice and place the slices spiral side up in the prepared pans.
  7. Cover the pans with a tea towel and put in a warm place to rise, about 45-60 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350 F/180 C and bake for 25-27 minutes or until brown.
  8. Make the drizzle. Whisk all the ingredients together in a small bowl and drizzle over the warm rolls.


After I sliced the rolls I wrapped half of them up and froze them. When ready to use place in the refrigerator to thaw overnight and then continue following the recipe.

adapted from I love Cinnamon Rolls

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