This. Was. Amazing.
So delicious, I really wish I was eating it now.
They were light, fluffy, with a hint of orange and the most amazing frosting (not glaze). It tasted like an orange creamsicle!
Ingredients (Adapted from Little Sous Chef)
2 C warm water
2 Tbs active dry yeast (roughly 3 packets)
1/2 c sugar
1/2 c butter, room temp
2 tsp salt
2/3 cup nonfat dry milk
5-6 cups flour
1/2 c semi-melted butter
1/2 c sugar
zest of 1 orange (we used a cara cara orange)
8 oz cream cheese at room temp
1 c butter at room temp
1 tsp vanilla
zest from 1 orange (cara cara)
3 1/2 c powdered sugar
1. Combine water and yeast in the bowl of stand mixer, let stand for 5 min.
2. Add sugar, butter, salt, dry milk, and 2 cups flour
3. Turn mixer on low and beat until smooth
4. Gradually add the remaining flour until it starts to pull away from the bowl
5. Beat for 3 minutes until smooth and elastic – we used the dough hook, scraping down a few times
6. Place dough in a greased bowl and let sit until it has doubled in size
7. Make the filling by combining the butter, sugar and orange, set aside
8. Make the frosting by creaming the cream cheese and butter, then add the vanilla and sugar. Finally, add the zest. Set aside – but also taste it, it’s delicious!
9. Split the dough in half, roll each piece into a rectangle, spread with half the filling, and roll lengthwise – you want a long log.
10. Cut rounds roughly 1″ long – we used string, but a sharp knife will also work.
11. Place in a pan so they aren’t quite touching. Let rise.
12. Bake for 18-20 min at 350, until slightly golden.
13. Spread with a generous amount of frosting and serve!
Note: these worked great as a make ahead. Once they were placed in the pan, we put them in the fridge. The next morning, we let them sit out for an hour or so before baking. Delicious!