February 2, 2012

Rollin’ in the Dough


I don’t mean to brag, but the women in my family are all smart, talented, strong, hardworking and beautiful.  The leader of the pack, my Nana, embodies everything that each one of us one day hopes to be.  She is confident, funny, up for any challenge and a wealth of information.  This post is in honor of her.

Over Christmas, while we were at my mom’s house, nana called and asked me to come over (she lives right next door) and bring my camera with me.  When I walked in, she had her famous Orange Rolls fresh out of the oven, smelling and looking delicious, styled perfectly on her kitchen table.  She said, “I just thought you might want to blog about these.”




Of course, my heart melted and I started snapping away. These rolls are my cousin Kasey’s favorite and are a delicate and refreshing break from the always popular cinnamon roll.

Nana even had her recipe notebook out even though I’m sure she knows the recipe by heart.  I loved photographing the handwritten recipes almost as much as the actual rolls.




The best part?  She saved the ends for us to nibble on and test.  I remember eating these every Christmas, but this was a first for Mike. 




So, without further ado, from my family to yours:


Nana’s Orange Rolls

Print this recipe!

For the rolls:

  • 1 batch of favorite biscuit recipe (sample recipe found here)
  • 1/4 C butter, melted
  • 3/4 C sugar
  • Grated rind of two oranges

For the glaze: 

  • 1 C confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 C orange juice


Combine sugar and grated rind of two oranges in  a small bowl.  Roll biscuit dough out 1/4 inch thick.  Spread dough with melted butter, until coated. 

Sprinkle sugar/rind mixture over dough.  Roll dough into a log shape.  Cut into 1 inch slices (Nana uses dental floss for this) and place in either lightly greased muffin cups or place close together on a lightly greased sheet pan.  Bake @ 400 degrees for about 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

Combine glaze ingredients and pour over hot rolls.  Enjoy!




Serve as a side with any breakfast spread or with a cup of coffee for a mid-morning snack.






Thanks Nana, you’re the best!

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