Oh my dear sweet rolls…. These are seriously one of my love languages. It’s been far too long since I worked the soft, tender dough of a sweet roll with my fingers. I really miss this! I don’t even miss eating the sweet rolls, it’s just so enjoyable and “down to my roots” to make them. I think this was one of the happiest moments of my week. Of course I wasn’t planning on gorging upon this beauteous tray of luscious bread (since I’m currently doing MediFast), but one of my dear friends was having an especially rough week, and rough weeks call for sweet rolls. Period. I did however taste a quarter of a roll (ya know, to make sure they were as good and moist as they looked). *Wink *wink. (Jan, if you are reading this, I am not sorry. Ha ha.) I have been such a good girl and I couldn’t help myself ya know? Moving on….
I used my basic quick sweet roll recipe and kicked it up a few notches with blood oranges and blackberries! Ooh la la. It was a match made in heaven…. I kid you not, these really are one of my favorite batches of sweet rolls to date. The glaze was mind blowing. I am an official lover of blood oranges, also, isn’t the color of the glaze amazing? That was all natural from the blood orange. So mouth-watering. There is something so appealing about pink desserts.
I used to watch my mom whip up batches of sweet rolls for anyone in need of some love, and it always gave me some warm-fuzzies in the process. The smell of sweet rolls in the oven is so homey and heartwarming. It reminds me of all the good times growing up. It reminds me of how much I love my mom, and all my amazing family. These sweet rolls just feel like the essence of HOME. Aint’ nothing better. So go, bring some pink sunshine into someones day with a warm tray of these lovelies!
- For Sweet Roll Dough:
- 1 ¼ cup (very warm) milk, microwave on high for 1 minute.
- 3 tablespoons SAF instant yeast
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs
- Juice and zest of 1 blood orange
- 4-5 cups all-purpose flour
- For Berry & Blood Orange Filling:
- ¼- ½ cup butter, softened (separated)
- ½ cup granulated sugar (separated)
- Zest of 2 blood oranges (separated)
- 1 cup blackberries, lightly crushed (separated)
- For Blood Orange Glaze:
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- Juice and zest of 1 blood orange
- Whole milk to desired consistency
- In a large mixer add very warm milk, yeast, vegetable oil, sugar and salt. Mix until combined.
- Add eggs, juice and zest of 1 blood orange and 2 cups flour. Mix until combined well.
- Add the rest of the flour while mixing (adding ½ cup of the flour at a time). You want a soft, very slightly sticky consistency. Dough should pull away from sides of mixer. Do not over flour the dough.
- When consistency is right, mix dough on medium speed for 10 minutes.
- Remove dough from mixer and place on a lightly floured surface.
- Slice dough into two equal parts. Set one half aside.
- Roll out ½ of the dough into a rectangle shape about ¼-½ inch thick.
- Brush or rub on ⅛-1/4 cup of the softened butter over the rectangle of dough.
- Add ¼ cup granulated sugar sprinkled evenly over the dough. Sprinkle zest of 1 orange over dough. Spread ½ cup lightly crushed blackberries over the dough.
- Roll up dough starting on the widest end of the rectangle. Pinch the ends of the dough along the length of the roll together to seal the dough roll together.
- Using floss, slice dough into 1-1 ½ inch thick rounds.
- Spray or grease a 9” round pie pan and arrange 9-12 rolls in each pan.
- Repeat this process with the other half of the dough.
- Cover rolls with plastic wrap (loosely) and place in a warm place to rise until doubled, about 1-½ hours.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Bake sweet rolls on center rack for 20-22 minutes or until slightly golden on top and hollow sounding if you pat the tops of the rolls.
- While rolls are baking, whisk together all glaze ingredients.
- Pour half the glaze over each of the sweet roll pans after they have cooled for about 10 minutes. Enjoy!
I hope you get a chance to get into the kitchen and get your hands on some of this dough. It is so therapeutic and nice. The rolls are so fabulous! What is your favorite thing to cook/bake in your kitchen? I would love to hear about it! Thanks for reading. 🙂