Sweet Orange Buns . . .

Home cook Linda Worsley gave us the recipe for these luscious buns filled with fragrant orange-flavored butter. 

 

SERVES 12

 

Ingredients:

1¼ cups milk, heated to 115°

1 (¼-oz.) package active dry yeast

cup sugar

2 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted, plus 16 tbsp., softened

1½ tsp. kosher salt

1 egg, lightly beaten

4 cups flour

½ cup packed light brown sugar

cup orange zest (from about 4 oranges)

3 cups confectioners' sugar

1 tsp. orange extract

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tbsp. fresh orange juice

 

Instructions:

1. Make the dough: Combine milk and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a hook; let sit until foamy, about 10 minutes. Stir in sugar, melted butter, 1 tsp. salt, and egg; add flour, and mix on low speed until dough forms. Increase speed to medium-high; knead until smooth, about 8 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap; let sit until dough doubles in size, about 1½ hours. Meanwhile, beat softened butter, brown sugar, and zest in a bowl on high speed of a mixer until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add remaining salt, confectioners' sugar, and extracts; beat until smooth, about 2 minutes. Transfer ¼ cup filling to a bowl; stir in juice to make an icing. Set filling and icing aside.

 

2. Transfer dough to a work surface; using a rolling pin, roll dough into an 18 × 10 rectangle, and spread filling evenly over dough. Lift up bottom edge of dough and roll it into a log; trim ends and cut log into 12 rounds. Transfer rounds cut side up to a greased 9 × 13 baking dish; cover with plastic wrap. Chill 6 hours or overnight.

 

 

3. Heat oven to 375°. Uncover rolls and bake until golden brown, about 25 minutes. Drizzle icing over rolls before serving.