Orange sweet rolls

Orange sweet rolls

I have always wanted to try Cinnabon’s cinnamon rolls. When they finally opened up not far down the road from where I work. It was my first stop before heading home as soon as they opened.

How disappointing. The centres were raw raw and 3 for R90.00 was a very expensive thing to just be thrown away. I vowed never again to go anywhere near that store.

I came across an orange sweet rolls recipe in one of Ree Drummonds recipe books. I kept putting it off because I could not find orange marmalade. I have come across many a bottle of orange jam but not orange marmalade.

Then I was randomly walking aimlessly around the supermarket when I saw a single bottle of orange marmalade and I quickly snatched it up and ran home to try my hand at making these rolls.

I tried this recipe thrice. The first time I followed it to the tee and the dough didn’t so much as rice. The second time, I completely forgot the dough in the proofing draw and when I went to clean the draw 8 hours later the dough has exploded and that cleaning was fun. The third and finally time I made this recipe I decided to use my bread machine.

I just put everything into the bread machine, pressed the dough option and let the machine do the hard work for 1 hour and 3 minutes, when it was done . All it needed was some shaping and into the oven it went.

The verdict, my mother loved these, my father complained they were to big yet he ate 3 in one sitting and my brother well he kept demanding a piece of mine every time I tried to sneak one past him.

Ingredients for the dough:

  • 2 x cups milk.
  • ½ x cup castor sugar.
  • ½ x cup oil.
  • 2 ¼ x tsp instant yeast.
  • 4 ½ x cups cake flour.
  • ½ x tsp baking powder.
  • 2 x tsp salt.
  • ½ x tsp bicarbonate of soda.

Ingredients for the filling:

  • 100g x butter, melted.
  • 8 x tbsp. orange marmalade.
  • 1 x cup light brown sugar.
  • ¼ x tsp salt.

Ingredients for the icing:

  • Zest and juice of 2 oranges.
  • 1 x cup icing sugar.
  • Pinch of salt.
  • ½ x cup milk.
  • 50g x butter, melted.


  • Place all the ingredients for the dough in the bread machine, press dough option and let the magic happen.
  • Remove from the machine and gentle roll out onto a floured surface into the shape of big rectangular.
  • Brush with the melted butter and evenly spread the orange marmalade evenly over the dough.
  • Sprinkle with the brown sugar and salt.
  • Roll the dough into a log.
  • Cut into slices.
  • Place the rolls, swirl down side onto a greased baking tray.
  • Pop into a preheated oven and bake at 180 degrees for 20 minutes.
  • To make the drizzle, whisk everything together in a bowl.
  • As soon as you remove the rolls from the oven pour over the drizzle and place on a cooling rack to cool completely.

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