The zest of the orange contains the fruit's delicious essence in concentrated form. A little bit enlivens a pull-apart roll. Orange juice is combined with powdered sugar for the icing.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a mixing bowl, sprinkle yeast over sugar water; let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. Add milk, eggs, granulated sugar, salt, half the zest, and shortening. Slowly add flour, mixing until combined. Knead until shiny and elastic, 3 to 5 minutes. Place in an oiled bowl; cover with plastic. Let rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 1/4 hours.

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Make filling: In a small bowl, mix remaining zest, 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, and butter. On a well-floured work surface, gently knead dough 3 to 4 times to release air pockets. Roll out dough to an 18-by-14-inch rectangle, dusting with flour as needed. Brush some of the filling over bottom half; fold to enclose. Brush half with filling, and fold again to enclose. Let rest about 5 minutes.

  • Roll out dough again to a 16-by-10-inch rectangle. Brush half with remaining filling, and fold. Cut into small squares (about 2 inches). Place squares in coated muffin tins, with layers facing up. Let rise until almost doubled in bulk, 12 to 15 minutes.

  • Bake until golden, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven; let rest 1 minute in tin, then transfer rolls to a cooling rack.

  • Make a thick icing by whisking together remaining 2 cups confectioners' sugar and the juice. Drizzle over cooled rolls. Serve.

Reviews (4)

13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
03/31/2018
My mom who loves bread said these were a keeper, best praise I could get
Rating: Unrated
01/28/2011
I made these with lemons instead, so delicious, I used 3 lemons to have enough rind - scrumptious
Rating: Unrated
09/11/2008
Yummy! I just made these this morning and they were delicious! I like the icing to be thick, but not as thick, so I added some additional fresh squeezed OJ... These come highly recommended! I think they are going to be wonderful as a snack as well later in the day...
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Rating: Unrated
01/05/2008
This recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of orange juice and 2 cups of confectioners sugar for the icing. 2 tablespoons of orange juice isn't enough. I added between 1/4 to 1/2 of a cup of orange juice to the icing to get it the consistency that it needed. Otherwise, this is a great recipe.