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orange sugar roll with bite
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Orange Sugar Rolls

These soft and sweet rolls are perfect for a special brunch.  They are light and fluffy with a sugary crunch.
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
rising time2 hours
Total Time2 hours 50 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bread machine sweet bread, orange zest bread, sweet orange rolls
Servings: 16 rolls
Calories: 125kcal
Author: Katie from Heart's Content Farmhouse



  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons softened butter unsalted
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt (reduce to 3/4 teaspoon if using salted butter)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast SAF brand

Orange Sugar Topping

  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange rind


  •  Combine dough ingredients and knead into a smooth, soft dough using stand mixer or bread machine.  This is a sticky dough and will seem overly wet at first, but will tighten up as kneading goes on.  If it seems excessively sticky, add flour a teaspoon at a time.
  • Allow dough to rise, covered, in a warm place.  It may take up to 2 hours for it to double in bulk as the dough is so rich.
  • After dough has risen, remove from bowl and cut into 16 pieces of a relatively equal size.  Roll into balls.
  • Using some of the butter that will be used for the topping, brush a shallow and wide baking pan such as a pie dish to keep the bread from sticking.   
  • Combine the orange rind and sugar and sprinkle a small amount on the bottom of the buttered dish.  Place the rolls inside.
  • Cover and allow to rise in a warm place for 30-45 minutes.  Halfway through the rising time, preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  • When rolls look puffy, drizzle the remaining melted butter on top and then sprinkle the orange sugar on.  Bake for 25-30 minutes until the tops have browned and dough is completely cooked through.  



If you would like to make the evening before and serve at breakfast, allow the dough to do its FIRST rise overnight in the refrigerator.  You will still need to shape the rolls and do the topping the morning of.  


Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 173mg | Potassium: 32mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg