Delicious Cinnamon and Orange Rolls!

Now I have made cinnamon rolls several times. They always seem time-consuming, and never turn out tasting very good, which is a let down. For Christmas, I decided to try it again using the Pioneer Woman’s recipe. They turned out fabulous! It’s probably all the butter! They were still time-consuming and super messy, but we’re soooo worth it! I made one batch of dough, and made half cinnamon and half orange rolls. I prefer the Orange rolls because they are not as sweet, but my hubby likes the originals. I did take the pioneer lady’s suggestion and did other things while the dough was rising, this seemed to make the time go by faster. You don’t need any special equipment for the recipe either, just a large pot, a rolling-pin, and clean counter top!  I hope you enjoy the rolls as much as we did. We are definitely going to be enjoying them for a while since the recipe made 7 pans of rolls. By the way the rolls freeze beautifully! Enjoy!!

Cinnamon Rolls

(By Pioneer Woman original recipe here)

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Ingredients:

1 quart Whole Milk
1 cup Vegetable Oil
1 cup Sugar
2 packages Active Dry Yeast, 0.25 Ounce Packets
8 cups (Plus 1 Cup Extra, Reserved) All-purpose Flour
1 teaspoon (heaping) Baking Powder
1 teaspoon (scant) Baking Soda
1 Tablespoon (heaping) Salt
Plenty Of Melted Butter
2 cups Sugar
Generous Sprinkling Of Cinnamon
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MAPLE FROSTING:
1 bag Powdered Sugar
2 teaspoons Maple Flavoring
1/2 cup Milk
1/4 cup Melted Butter
1/4 cup Brewed Coffee
1/8 teaspoon Salt
Preparation Instructions
For the dough, heat the milk, vegetable oil, and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat to just below a boil.

imageSet aside and cool to warm. Sprinkle the yeast on top and let it sit on the milk for 1 minute.

imageAdd 8 cups of the flour. Stir until just combined, then cover with a clean kitchen towel, and set aside in a relatively warm place for 1 hour. After 1 hour, remove the towel and add the baking powder, baking soda, salt, and the remaining 1 cup flour.

imageStir thoroughly to combine. Use the dough right away, or place in a mixing bowl and refrigerate for up to 3 days, punching down the dough if it rises to the top of the bowl. (Note: dough is easier to work with if it’s been chilled for at least an hour or so beforehand.)
Preheat the oven to 375°F.You
To assemble the rolls, remove half the dough from the pan/bowl. On a floured baking surface, roll the dough into a large rectangle, about 30 x 10 inches. The dough should be rolled very thin.

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To make the filling, pour 3/4 cup to 1 cup of the melted butter over the surface of the dough. Use your fingers to spread the butter evenly. Generously sprinkle half of the ground cinnamon and 1 cup of the sugar over the butter. Don’t be afraid to drizzle on more butter or more sugar! Gooey is the goal.

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Now, beginning at the end farthest from you, roll the rectangle tightly towards you. Use both hands and work slowly, being careful to keep the roll tight. Don’t worry if the filling oozes as you work; that just means the rolls are going to be divine. When you reach the end, pinch the seam together and flip the roll so that the seam is face down. When you’re finished, you’ll wind up with one long buttery, cinnamony, sugary, gooey log.

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Slip a cutting board underneath the roll and with a sharp knife, make 1/2-inch slices. One “log “will produce 20 to 25 rolls. Pour a couple of teaspoons of melted butter into disposable foil cake pans and swirl to coat. Place the sliced rolls in the pans, being careful not to overcrowd. (Each pan will hold 7 to 9 rolls.)

imageRepeat the rolling/sugar/butter process with the other half of the dough and more pans. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Cover all the pans with a kitchen towel and set aside to rise on the counter top for at least 20 minutes before baking. Remove the towel and bake for 15 to 18 minutes, until golden brown. Don’t allow the rolls to become overly brown.
While the rolls are baking, make the maple icing:
In a large bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, butter, coffee, and salt. Splash in the maple flavoring. Whisk until very smooth. Taste and add in more maple, sugar, butter, or other ingredients as needed until the icing reaches the desired consistency. The icing should be somewhat thick but still very pourable.
Remove pans from the oven. Immediately drizzle icing over the top. Be sure to get it all around the edges and over the top. As they sit, the rolls will absorb some of the icing’s moisture and flavor.

Orange Rolls

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Ingredients:

FOR THE ROLLS:

1/2 whole Recipe Of “Cinnamon Roll Dough”

8 Tablespoons Orange Marmalade

1/2 cup Melted Butter
1 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
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ORANGE GLAZE:
2 pounds Powdered Sugar
6 Tablespoons Melted Butter
1/2 cup Milk
1/2 cup Orange Juice
1 dash Salt
Preparation Instructions
Roll out dough into a long rectangle. Spread marmalade over the top. Pour on butter, and then sprinkle on the brown sugar evenly. Sprinkle with salt.

Beginning at the long side farthest from you, roll the dough in a long roll toward you; begin careful to keep it tucked tightly. Pinch edge to seal.
Cut rolls into 1 to 1 1/2 inch rolls and place into buttered pans. Allow to rise for at least 20 minutes.
Bake at 375 degrees for 15 to 18 minutes, or until golden brown (but not overly brown).
While baking, mix together the ingredients for the orange glaze, thinning with more milk or orange juice to make mixture thin enough to be pourable.
Immediately drizzle orange glaze over the top. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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