Saturday, April 9, 2011

Sunshine Cinnamon Rolls

These cinnamon buns are livened up with bright, perky orange flavor. They are not too heavy nor too rich. The light lemony glaze provides a little sugar jolt adds a hint of sweetness which makes them just right for a breakfast treat.

The texture is light, fluffy and tender from the milk and eggs. You can also freeze the baked rolls for a few weeks and thaw on the day you want to eat it. A quick heat in the microwave makes them almost as good as the day they were baked. I like to wrap them individually so I can quickly pull out one at a time for easy lunchbag treats. By lunchtime they are thawed and ready to be eaten!

Sunshine Cinnamon Rolls
makes 12 | adapted from Southern Living

1 (1/4 ounce) package yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1 cup warm milk
1/4 cup shortening [or softened butter]
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
3 1/2 to 3 3/4 cups flour

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 tablespoons orange zest
2 tsp cinnamon

1 cup powdered sugar
4 teaspoons butter, softened
4-5 teaspoons milk
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract

1. In small bowl, dissolve yeast in water. In a large bowl, mix milk, shortening, sugar, salt, and egg. Add yeast mix; blend well. Stir in enough flour to make a soft dough. Knead on floured board for about 7 minutes.

2. Put in greased bowl and turn to grease top. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour. While the dough is rising, mix filling ingredients until smooth.

3. After the hour, punch dough down. Roll out into a large rectangle. Spread the filling on the rectangle. Roll up tightly starting with the long end. Cut into 12 rolls. Place rolls side by side a 9x13" baking pan or two round 9" pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.

4. Bake at 375 degrees F for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown and bread is fully cooked through. While the rolls are baking mix glaze ingredients. Spread over warm rolls.


scrambledhenfruit said...

Those rolls would be a beautiful start to any morning- rain or shine! :)

Cakebrain said...

Cinnamon rolls...I can never stop at one! Oh my look at the glaze!b

kitchen flavours said...

The cinnamon rolls looks wonderful! I can just imagine the smell while it is baking! And the glaze is looking so good.. would love to have some of this rolls!

Connie the cookie monster said...

this looks so good! im a sucker for a good cinnamon bun :)

Jodie said...

These look fabulous Tia!!

Abby said...

These look soo good and I love the idea to freeze some for later!

creampuff said...

Oh. Wow. So delicious!

Nina said...

Tia, these are stunning! Love that there is orange zest in them! Cannot wait to make these.

Jannett said... the photos..
There is nothing like cinnamon rolls... ;o)