You can make these into braids or buns. Frost with an orange icing and sprinkle some nuts on top, if desired.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
45 mins
cook:
20 mins
additional:
1 hr 45 mins
total:
2 hrs 50 mins
Servings:
30
Yield:
2 - 1/2 dozen
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Ingredients

30
Original recipe yields 30 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Stir butter and 1 teaspoon sugar into the hot milk until butter is melted. When mixture is lukewarm, stir in yeast and set aside for 5 minutes.

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  • When mixture is creamy, transfer to a large mixing bowl. Mix in 2 cups of bread flour. Add 1/2 cup sugar, eggs, orange juice, orange zest, and salt and beat until combined. Add remaining flour, mixing well after each addition, until it pulls away from the sides of the bowl.

  • Knead for about 10 minutes. Transfer dough to a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour. If time permits, you can punch dough down, cover it, and let it rise again.

  • Transfer dough to a lightly floured work surface. Cut dough into 3 balls, cover with plastic wrap, and let rest for 10 minutes.

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease two baking sheets or line with parchment paper.

  • Shape each piece of dough into braided loaves or buns; place on baking sheets. Let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.

  • Bake until rolls or loaves are golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes for individual buns, about 20 minutes for braids. Frost rolls, if desired (see Cook's Note) or sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.

Cook's Note:

I made 1 braid, 12 cinnamon buns, and 12 butterhorns with this recipe.

Nutrition Facts

141 calories; protein 4.4g; carbohydrates 25g; fat 2.5g; cholesterol 17.1mg; sodium 97.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
09/27/2010
I had made these rolls for years when my kids were little. We called them sunshine rolls and always had them christmas morning. The only difference is I made into small rolls and rolled them in a little sugar and orange zest. They are wonderful. I was happy to find this as I lost the recipe and would like to start this tradition again only this time with my grandkids. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/27/2010
I had made these rolls for years when my kids were little. We called them sunshine rolls and always had them christmas morning. The only difference is I made into small rolls and rolled them in a little sugar and orange zest. They are wonderful. I was happy to find this as I lost the recipe and would like to start this tradition again only this time with my grandkids. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/17/2011
I love making bread with my bread machine and when I found this recipe I got super excited. It sounded delicious! I did make a few slight changes as I did not have any oranges to zest but I found that it did not need it. Also I found that I only needed 5 1/3 cups of bread flour. I threw all my ingredients into my bread machine (wet ingredients first dry on top and then make a funnel in the dry ingredients to add your yeast) and set it to my dough setting. After it was done rising the first time I rolled my doll out on a lightly floured surface to about a 1/3 of a inch of thickness. I then rubbed butter on it a la cinnamon roll style and very lightly sprinkled white sugar on it. I took my pizza cutter and cut my dough into little squares and then pinched the dough into a ball so that the butter and sugar is on the inside (this is how I make rolls). I put them in 9 inch greased cake pans and then covered them with clean dish towels for an hour. Remember to let them rise in a warm place. Mine happened to be on my stove under my hood lights. I then baked them at 350 degrees (my oven is electric and runs hot for some reason) for 10 to 11 minutes. They make EXCELLENT dinner rolls slightly sweet but so soft and chewy. I highly recommend this recipe. Delicious. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/05/2012
Very good recipe. I cut it in half as there are only 2 of us and made it in my food processor which I love for breads. Put in all the dry ingredients pulse to mix add wet ingredients and butter holding back the milk to add during the mixing process as it never takes as much liquid here (7200 ft alt. and quite humid) as recipes call for. The buns came out delicious light and subtly flavored with orange juice fresh from our own oranges. It made 12 buns; perfect for us. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/21/2010
Very time consuming but worth it! My sister and I have been making this bread for special occassions for years...YUMMY! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/02/2016
the dough was very good.. nice consistency but I would not divide it into 3 ball.. I found I like larger buns or bread so I would divide into 2 then make bread and buns.. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/06/2017
The bread was so light and fluffy! Following the cook's notes I made a few into cinnamon rolls. I also mixed up a marmalade-chocolate sauce to go on some plain rolls! Super delicious!!! Read More
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