My to-do list today looked something like this: clean the pantry for an upcoming photo-shoot. Organize the mess on top of my desk. Finish the laundry. Go to the grocery store. Decorate for Easter. Put away the 2T clothes still in Mia’s closet *sniff*.
See how productive I am in my head?
Know what I actually did? Yup. I made Orange Sweet Rolls.
I don’t know why I was so intent on making these – I’ve never really been an orange-roll kind of girl. I didn’t like the store-bought version, I always preferred the cinnamon rolls – but lately I’ve been obsessed with making them.
And the verdict? Pretty darn good. Even for a non-orange-roll kind of girl.
The best part about this recipe is the dough. Not only is it easy to throw together, the end-result is a buttery, soft and slightly sweet dough. If you’re afraid of yeast, don’t be. Seriously. There are a few things you need to know before you start a yeast recipe, and they really aren’t scary at all.
- Yeast needs a warm, draft-free place to do it’s thing. I always heat my oven up to 170 degrees, then turn it off. I allow the dough to rise in the closed oven to prevent drafts, and it works like a charm.
- Your yeast needs to be new. New, as in less than 4 months old. If you have a question about the new-ness of your yeast, buy new yeast. Also, store your yeast in the refrigerator. Keeps it fresh.
- Yeast likes warm water. Not hot, warm. It also hates salt, so add it at the last possible moment.
- It’s ok if your dough is a little bit sticky. Dry dough is usually dense dough, so go easy with the flour. You want to add flour just until the dough is just pulling away from the sides of the bowl in your mixer.
- When you let dough rise, make sure you generously coat your bowl with cooking spray, butter or oil. If you cover it with plastic wrap, grease it as well. This helps the dough rise.
- Finally, after the dough has risen and you’re ready to work with it, move quickly. The more you touch the dough, the tougher it gets.
So, not so hard, right? It’s easy, folks. If I can do it, anyone can.
And if you’re like me and not totally into the orange thing, this dough would make an amazing cinnamon roll instead. Just eliminate the orange juice and extract, and sprinkle some brown sugar and cinnamon over the filling.
Now, I have a bazillion things to do since my orange sweet roll obsession has come to an end. Thanks for stopping by today!