Every Sunday morning, one of two things happens… HB either says “Mom, can we make pancakes?” OR she says “Mom, can we make cinnamon buns?” More often than not, the request is for cinnamon buns… there’s just something about waking up to the warm, citrusy, sweet smell of these cinnamon buns. It fills the whole house and just makes you feel all fuzzy inside… at least that’s what HB says. These cinnamon buns are exceptional due to my addition of a hint of orange. So delicious! So check them out and perhaps they’ll become a weekend tradition for you as well…
**…Your Mouth Will Thank You!
4-4 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1 pkg fast-rising active dry yeast
2/3 c. milk
2/3 c. water
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1/4 tsp salt
2 egg yolks
1 Tbsp grated orange peel
1/4 c. unsalted butter, softened
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 c. sugar
6 tsp cinnamon
3 oz. pkg cream cheese, softened
3 Tbsp butter, softened
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 Tbsp fresh squeezed orange juice
1/2 Tbsp grated orange peel
1 Tbsp milk
1-1 1/2 c. sifted powdered sugar
*In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 cups of flour and the yeast. In a small sauce pan, combine the milk, water, 1/2 a cup of sugar, vegetable oil, orange peel and salt. Heat; stirring over medium heat until just warm (120-130 degrees F).
*Add the milk mixture and egg yolks to dry mixture. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping down the sides of the bowl often. Then beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Using a wooden spoon, stir in as much of the remaining flour as you can.
*Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Kneed in enough remaining flour to make a moderately soft dough that’s smooth and elastic (3-5 minutes). Cover and let the dough rest for 10 minutes.
*Roll out dough to form a 14×12 inch rectangle. Spread the dough with the softened butter. Sprinkle with a mixture of 1/2 cup sugar and the 6 tsp cinnamon.
*Roll up the dough, jelly-roll style, starting from the long side. Seal seam. Slice into 12 pieces then place into a 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Cover; let the rolls rise in a warm place until nearly doubled (about 20 minutes).
*Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden.
*While the rolls are baking, make the frosting… In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter, vanilla, orange juice and orange peel until light and fluffy. Beat in milk.
*Gradually add the powdered sugar until the icing is spreading consistency.
*Once the rolls are done baking cool slightly; remove from pan. Frost the warm rolls with the cream cheese icing.
*adapted from BHG