Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Mom's Sticky Orange Rolls

Do you have a recipe that defines you? You know, the recipe that you always get asked to make for the family gathering. Or the recipe that everyone wants after eating at your house?
I think that this is my mom's defining recipe. And she is the Queen of the Orange Roll!

It has been about 9 years since I have made these rolls, because my first attempt was such a disappointment. They were dense and didn't rise very well. They just weren't, well....Mom's.

I went into making these rolls with much more confidence. I've been on a mission to master (well, master is a strong word) ummmmm, become competent in the world of yeast breads. Let's just say that I have been practicing a lot. Mostly with recipes that I have found on many awesome blogs.

Things started out great, but my fears always come when adding the flour. I kept saying to myself: Self control Melody. Don't add too much. This is where you messed up last time! So I added just enough flour until the dough started pulling away from the edge of the mixing bowl. I turned the dough out on the floured surface and I was scared of another failure because the dough was very sticky when I was trying to knead it. I decided that I would just let it rise and see what happens. Well, it turned out to be a very good dough to roll out and the rolls turned out light and fluffy and yes...very "mom"like. PHEW!!!

Now that I have had a victory, I think I will make these more often and maybe become the East Coast version of my wonderful mom!

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Sticky Orange Rolls


For dough:
2 packages of dry yeast
1/3 cup warm water
9 cups flour, divided
2 cups warm milk
1 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
6 eggs
2 teaspoons salt

For orange sauce:
1 1/2 sticks of butter, melted
1 1/2 cups sugar
Grated rind of 1 orange


In a large mixing bowl or mixer, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add 4 cups of flour, milk, shortening, sugar, eggs and salt: beat for 2 minutes or until smooth. Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. (I usually stop adding flour when the dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl).

Turn dough onto a floured board: knead lightly. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 2-3 hours.

Punch dough down: divide into 6 equal parts. Roll each into a circle. Spread orange mixture on each circle and cut each circle into 8-10 pie shaped wedges. Roll each wedge from wide edge to tip and place on baking sheet with point side down. I like to space them pretty close together so that the edges stay soft.

Let dough rise until doubled and bake in 375 degree oven for 9-12 minutes or until lightly browned.

When cooled drizzle with a glaze of orange juice and powdered sugar.

To freeze uncooked rolls: Place rolls on baking sheet and freeze. When frozen, place in freezer bags and keep frozen until needed. To bake: Place on greased baking sheets and thaw, covered for 5 hours or until doubled in size. Bake as above.

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  1. They look light, fluffy, sweet and delicious!

  2. Wow....these look irresistibly good. The textre looks awesome. I wish I can have some!

  3. yum!! These do look fantastic! I've saved the recipe so I can try them your Mom's way!!

  4. these look great! i bet they make the kitchen smell immaculate!

  5. How good does that look! I will have to try this!

  6. Best recipes are the ones from Mom and these look wonderful with the addition of the orange rind. My favorite Moms recipe is Applesauce cake which I made today because it actually snowed here in Atlanta and I need a comfort cake to make my home smell warm and inviting while I watched the snow fall.

  7. These look amazingly delicious! I'd be begging for these too.

  8. How wonderful are these....I can picture it already, getting up in the morning to hot sticky orange rolls and a big glass of milk.

  9. Mmmmm, I want one now. I love working my way through tricky family recipes. It's rewarding to know that the recipe will live on through me and I can pass it on to someone else some day. Great job!

  10. wonderful! nothing like a treat that takes you right back home. these look fantastic!

  11. I LOVE orange rolls and these look so perfect.

  12. What delicious treats! They turned out great!

  13. YAY, great job...they look heavenly! I, too always worry about over flouring doughs. I'm working on being more self confident with yeast doughs.

  14. These looks delicious - and I love the orange sauce. Delish!

  15. These look incredible! The dough looks quite similar to my roll recipe. I'm thinking about making rolls for Thanksgiving and making half of my dough into orange rolls.


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