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Orange Glazed Dinner Rolls

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Orange Glazed Dinner Rolls

Orange Glazed Dinner Rolls

I love these Orange Glazed Dinner Rolls!  These rolls, are Sweet, Sticky, and buttery! Every year as a kid, my Dad would make these around the holidays!  He would always serve them with the main course meal at Christmas and Easter! We had company over for dinner last night, and so I threw this batch together as a side to our delicious meal.  These are easy to make, and always a crowd pleaser!  These glazed orange rolls are unique, and add flare to a festive dinner.

Here is a basic recipe for these rolls!  I hope you give them a try!  They are a beautiful addition to your Christmas meal!

Orange Glazed Dinner Rolls Recipe

Makes: 24 Clover Rolls

These rolls were served every year at Christmas and Easter with our Holiday Dinner.  The rolls are shaped into clover rolls and baked in greased muffin tins. When rolls are hot out of the oven, brush the glaze over the rolls. Then repeat.  Then repeat again…and again….and again. Allow the orange glaze to collect around the bottom rolls in the cups of the muffin tins, and sometimes, I even split the clover segments apart at the top of the roll and let the glaze drip down in the the center. Allow the glaze to soak in for a few minutes, and then serve with your Christmas meal!  Enjoy!

For the Glaze:

2 cups of Orange Juice, pulp free

1 and 3/4 cups of sugar

zest of 1 whole orange (or the zest of 3 cuties, I always seem to have cuties around my house at the holidays)

1 teaspoon of vanilla

  1. Combine all ingredients.
  2. Bring to a boil, and then turn down heat and simmer on low for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Allow mixture to cool.
  4. When rolls come hot out of the oven.  Brush the glaze over the rolls. Then repeat.  Then repeat again…and again….and again. (allow the orange glaze to collect around the rolls in the cups of the muffin tins, and sometimes, I even split the clover segments apart at the top of the roll and let the glaze drip down in the the center.

For The Rolls:

1/2 Cup Water, Lukewarm

1/4 Tablespoon sugar

2 and 1/2 teaspoons of yeast, active dry

1 and 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar (helps with rising)

1 and 1/2 Cups Milk

1/2 stick melted butter

5 cups of flour plus 1/2 cup of flour for kneading

2 teaspoons Kosher Salt

*Melted Butter to brush the tops of the rolls for browning them in the oven

For the Glaze:

2 cups of Orange Juice, pulp free

1 and 3/4 cups of sugar

zest of 1 whole orange (or the zest of 3 cuties, I always seem to have cuties around my house at the holidays)

1 teaspoon of vanilla

  1. Combine lukewarm water, sugar, yeast, and vinegar in a measuring cup.  Allow the yeast to sit and bubble about 10 minutes. (This is how you know the yeast is working and alive).
  2. While you’re waiting on the yeast, combine melted butter, salt and milk.  Heat this mixture in the microwave or stove top until it is lukewarm.  (Ingredients that are too hot will kill your yeast, lukewarm means around 115 degrees).
  3. In a large mixing bowl, add yeast mixture, milk/butter mixture, and 5 cups of flour.  With a sturdy spoon, mix in flour.   (the kneading will do the rest of the work).
  4. Pour remaining 1/2 cup of flour evenly over the counter, and place your dough on the counter for kneading.  Spray your hands with cooking spray before kneading, and then knead by hand 5 to 10 minutes until all the flour off of the counter is completely incorporated, and the dough is tacky to the touch (it shouldn’t be sticking all over the place on the counter or your hands).  It kneads cleanly, and pulls away from the counter cleanly.
  5. Place dough in greased bowl, spray the top of the dough with cooking spray, and cover with saran wrap. (Spraying it will cooking spray will prevent the dough form sticking to the saran wrap.)
  6. Place dough in a warm place and allow dough to rise until it has doubled.  About 1 hour to 1 and 1/2 hours is usually sufficient.
  7. Then remove dough from bowl, and knead a few more times on the counter (no flour needed).
  8. Grease two 12 cup muffin tins.  Then tuck dough into small 1 inch balls. Place 3 balls in one muffin tin to form a clover roll.  Should make about 24 clover rolls.  (* To make a roll, a tucking motion is used…you tuck the sides down, and gather at the bottom.  It should form a ball with all the sides tucked at the base, place 3 of these balls in a greased muffin cup).
  9. Allow rolls to rise until they have doubled in size (about 30 minutes).  Then brush the tops of the rolls with melted butter.  This mixture browns the tops of the rolls while they bake.
  10. Bake rolls at 375 degrees for 18-21 minutes…until the tops have a golden brown color.
  11. Apply glaze when rolls are hot out of the oven (see instructions on application above).


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