Orange-Scented Cinnamon Rolls

Recipe by skat5762
READY IN: 4hrs 20mins




  • Combine flour, yeast, salt and sugar in container of food processor fitted with steel blade and process 5 seconds.
  • Add 2 tablespoons butter and egg, and pulse a few times, until well combined.
  • With machine running, drizzle most of milk through feed tube.
  • Process just until a dough ball forms.
  • If necessary, add more milk, 1 teaspoon at a time.
  • Knead by hand on a lightly floured surface a minute or two longer, adding more flour or milk as necessary, until dough is smooth and elastic.
  • Butter a bowl and place dough in it, turning to coat.
  • Cover and let rise in warm, draft-free area, about 2 hours.
  • Roll out dough into a 1/2-inch thick rectangle.
  • Brush liberally with melted butter, then spread with a mixture of sugar, cinnamon and orange zest.
  • If desired, add raisins or chopped nuts.
  • Roll up jelly-roll style, then cut into 1- 1 1/2-inch thick slices.
  • Place rolls in a buttered round pan.
  • Place one or two rolls in middle, and work the others out around it, so that all are touching.
  • Cover and let rise until puffy, about 1 hour.
  • While rolls are rising, boil together 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup orange juice until thickened.
  • Just before baking, brush slices lightly with butter, then liberally with this mixture.
  • Bake in a preheated 400-degreee oven until nicely browned, 20- 30 minutes.