Half Whole Wheat Fast Orange Cinnamon Rolls — Meal Prep

Half Whole Wheat Fast Orange Cinnamon Rolls — Meal Prep

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Our family likes to make a special breakfast on Saturday mornings. Every Saturday we aim to make some kind of large, sugary, fluffy bread item in as little time as possible. We strive for the awe-inspiring trifecta of not having to plan the night before, getting to sleep in, and eating warm sugar bread, obviously.

These rolls have developed over time from a recipe that met the requirements.

The recipe I adapted these from claims to be a 45-minute cinnamon roll recipe. I’ve never been that fast, but these tasty rolls bake up pretty quick on a Saturday morning. That’s all we need here.

Let’s make rolls!

Beautiful dough baby just waiting to grow up into cinnamon rolls

Beautiful dough baby just waiting to grow up into cinnamon rolls

First we’re going to combine water, buttermilk, butter, and then microwave for 30-60 seconds till the butter mostly melts. Stir in whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, salt, and yeast. Mix in an egg, and then knead by hand or with a stand mixer for about 4 minutes. It’s ok if it looks a little wet at the end.

Cover the dough with a kitchen towel and let it sit for at least 5 minutes. Yep, just 5!

Adding zest to cinnamon and sugar

Adding zest to cinnamon and sugar

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees, and prepare the filling while you wait those super long 5 minutes. Mix cinnamon, sugar, and orange zest in a small bowl.

Rolling out into a large rectangle

Rolling out into a large rectangle

Next, roll out the dough into a large rectangle, about 15x19 inches. My rectangle usually ends up looking more like the state of Montana, but it was picture perfect this time. Showoff.

Looks like dirt, tastes like glory

Looks like dirt, tastes like glory

Spread butter all over it, then sprinkle on the cinnamon mixture. Look at her. Isn’t she beautiful?

Roll the dough up tight starting with the short end. Cut that dough log into 9 comfy looking rolls.

Magically rising in the oven for 20 minutes

Magically rising in the oven for 20 minutes

Here’s the really magical part. Place those rolls into a greased 8x8 inch pan. Tuck plastic wrap over them like a blankie, turn off the 200 degree oven, stick them inside and shut the door.

Let them raise in the oven for 20 minutes. Then, take off the plastic wrap and heat the oven to 375, keeping the rolls in the oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.

Baked! Ready for a glaze

Baked! Ready for a glaze

Take those gorgeous rolls out of the oven and mix up the glaze! Stir together powdered sugar, orange juice, and orange zest.

They didn’t last long. At all

They didn’t last long. At all

Drizzle the glaze all over the rolls. Serve right now. Put. Them. In. Your. Mouth.

The glaze dries quickly to become a flaky, sugary topping

The glaze dries quickly to become a flaky, sugary topping

This is the second roll I ate. The first one wasn’t around long enough for a picture.

These orange cinnamon rolls had an amazing burst of citrus to them! I used the Valencia oranges I scored from Krause Brothers Citrus Co. Their oranges have delicious flavor, and they haven’t been treated with chemicals to give them that fake orange hue that conventional oranges display. A good reason to buy from some place you can know.

Did you make these rolls? How did it go? Do you have a favorite cinnamon roll memory?

Half Whole Wheat Fast Orange Cinnamon Rolls

Adapted from Gimme Delicious

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 1/4 cup buttermilk

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour

  • 3 tablespoons sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast (one packet)

  • 1 large egg

Filling

  • 1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick), softened to room temperature

  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

  • zest of one orange

Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • 2-3 tablespoons orange juice

  • zest of one orange

Combine water, buttermilk, and butter in a large bowl, and microwave for 30-60 seconds until the butter mostly melts. Stir in flour, sugar, salt, and yeast. Mix in the egg, and then knead by hand or with a stand mixer for 3-4 minutes.

Cover the dough and let it sit for at least 5 minutes. Mix together brown sugar, cinnamon, and orange zest. Preheat the oven to 200ºF.

Roll out the dough into a 15x19” rectangle. Spread the butter all over the dough rectangle. Sprinkle with the cinnamon mixture. Starting with the short end of the rectangle, roll the dough into a log. Cut the dough log into 9 equal pieces.

Grease an 8x8 inch pan and place the rolls in the pan. Cover the pan with plastic wrap. Turn off the oven and place the rolls inside for 20 minutes. Keeping the rolls in the oven, turn the oven to 375º and take off the plastic wrap. Let the rolls bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.

Stir together the powdered sugar, orange juice, and orange zest to make a glaze. Drizzle over the warm rolls. Enjoy!

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