I want to share a delicious New Years Day tradition with you. These orange rolls have been a favorite of my family for years and years. I start the dough first thing when I wake up on New Years Day and they are done just in time for us to start watching the Rose Parade.
These are extra special to me because I got the recipe from dear friend, Amy. She was an amazing cook, and an all around amazing friend. She tragically passed away almost 9 years ago, and I still miss her so much. Over the years she had passed down to me her favorite recipes, when I got married she gave me a whole recipe box filled with her favorites. Now that she’s gone I treasure all of those recipes, many I have are in her handwriting.
One New Years we spent the weekend with her and her hubby, and she made these rolls for us on New Years Day. Ever since that time if we are home, I make these. Here are those delicious and extra special orange rolls.
The dough and glaze are basic to mix up, you just have to know this is a some what lengthy process because of the dough rising initially, and then again once you’ve formed the rolls. So make sure you do this on a morning where you will be lounging around the house-See why New Years Day is perfect 🙂
Make sure you knead the final 1 1/2 cups of flour into the dough. The dough starts out sticky but the kneading is what ensures the yeast is distributed evenly through out the dough. If you’ve never kneaded dough before, it’s not difficult just a little messy to begin with-HERE’S a great step by step if you’re a newby.
Make sure you only add 1/4 cup of the sugar to the dough mixture. The other 3/4 Cup and orange rind will be used in the filling of the rolls.
NOTE-In the winter it’s hard to find a warm place to let your dough rise. You can place it in the over-DO NOT TURN ON THE OVEN, cover the dough with a kitchen towel, and place very hot water in a pan right below the rising dough. I just boiled some in my teapot and poured it into the baking dish. Then, shut the oven door and this becomes a perfect spot to have your dough rise.
A perfect spot to rise your dough in the winter!
Above is half the dough rolled out into a 12 inch. circle. Then, sprinkle with the sugar/orange rind mixture.
Once the rolls are formed you will stick them back in a warm area to rising another hour. Trust me they’re worth it! After that hour you pop them in a 350 over for 20 minutes. While they are baking I mix up the glaze.
These got a tad too browned…my kiddos accidentally turned off the timer without me know it. But let me tell you they still taste delicious!
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I love that I have this special way to remember Amy by, I recognize the holidays have a way of reminded us of those we’ve lost and this is a precious way to remember someone. You may be missing a loved one, may I recommend, when you’re ready, making a special signature dish that you remember them making, or prepare their favorite meal-I promise memories will come flooding back.
Thank you for stopping by and letting me share my memories and this recipe! Happy New Year!