Arizona Orange Rolls

Orange Rolls

Growing up in Arizona my life was filled with everything citrus.  It took moving away where citrus was a luxury, to really appreciate the gift that citrus is. 

This is a nod to my childhood and beautiful Arizona.

¼ c. warm water
1 t. sugar
1 T. Yeast
¾ c. butter
3 c. milk
¾ c. sugar
1 t. salt
1 c. instant potato flakes
4 eggs, room temperature
8 c. flour
Orange Filling
1 c. butter softened
1 ½ c. sugar
Zest of 2 oranges
4 ½ c. powdered sugar
2 t. Casa Bella Vida Vanilla
Orange juice to desired consistency

In a stand mixer add warm water, sugar and yeast.  Combine and let sit for about 10 minutes until yeast is bubbly.  Add sugar, salt, instant potato flakes and 2 c. flour, and mix. In a saucepan heat butter and milk until butter is melted, then let cool so it won’t kill the yeast.  Once cooled add milk to ingredients in mixer.  Add eggs one at a time and remaining 6 cups of flour. Mix until combined.

Dough will be sticky.  Let rise for one hour.  Divide dough in two equal parts.  Roll out, on a floured surface, into a rectangle 12 inches wide and 30 inches long.  Spread with softened butter, sprinkle with sugar and orange zest.  Fold dough into thirds from long side.  Cut into ½ inch strips.  I use a pizza cutter to cut strips.  You can fold each strip into a knot or roll like a cinnamon roll, and place in a greased cupcake pan.  This is my favorite way.  Let them rise for 3 hours then bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes until lightly brown.

Let cool then spread glaze on each roll.  These rolls are amazing!