I originally came up with recipe when a contest was going on at The Chalkboard Mag for an original citrus recipe. I didn’t want to do the traditional Sangria or a cake. I wanted it to unexpected but still have an amazing tasting recipe. I was testing these the night the girls came over and we tasted them with butter and jam, maple syrup, and icing and the icing won hands down. Though the maple syrup was a very close second. Since I am not a full on foodie blog I didn’t think I stood a chance but it was fun to challenge myself. I didn’t make the top 5 so it is okay for me to share the recipe now. Thank you to Stacia for tagging me on the Instagram notice for the contest otherwise I wouldn’t have even known about it.
3-1/4 cup of all purpose flour
2 TSP instant yeast
1-1/2 TSP Salt
1 TSP Thyme
1 TSP Dill
Zest of 1 Orange
1/2 of Orange – Finely diced
1 Cup Almond milk
2 TBSP Unsalted Butter
1/2 cup Water
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup water
In a large bowl, or the bowl of a standing mixer, combine the flour, orange zest and orange pieces, yeast, dill, thyme and salt. (Since you are using instant yeast you don’t have to “proof” the yeast i.e. add water)
In a glass measuring cup, warm the milk (approximately 90 seconds) so that it’s hot enough to melt the butter, but not boiling. Add the butter, stirring until melted, then stir in the water.
Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture, mixing with a dough hook until it just comes together to form a dough for approximately 10 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic (if you’re making this recipe by hand, the dough will be very sticky at first; flour your hands and work surface generously and be patient). If the dough is still very wet and sticky after 5 minutes of kneading, add more flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough is barely tacky. If the dough is too dry, add water, 1 teaspoon at a time, to soften it up.
Spray a glass bowl with pam, add the dough and cover. Allow to rise until doubled, about 1/2 to 1 hour. (NOTE: I set my bowl on a heasting pad to help it rise faster.)
Once doubled, place the dough on a clean, dry work surface. If the dough is too sticky, lightly flour the surface before continuing. With your fingers or rolling pin, flatten the dough into a 9 by 12-inch rectangle.
Tightly roll the dough (like a jelly roll), tucking the ends as needed, into a loaf. Using a serrated knife cut into 1 inch thick slices.
Place in a 9 inch round greased pan, cover with a clean dry towel, and allow to rise until doubled, about 1/2 to 1 hour. (Again place your pan on the heating pad on low)
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees (180 C). When the loaf is doubled again, place the bread in the oven and bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until the bread is deep golden brown and the internal temperature is about 190 degrees.
Transfer the rolls to a wire cooling rack, mix the powdered sugar and water together until smooth for the icing and add to the top of the rolls. Serve.
kathy @ vodka and soda says
HOW do you come up with these amazing recipes?! please move to toronto and be my personal chef?
Haha! I just try to think outside of the box. Umm no since you get way to much cold!! Haha! You move here!
You’re not a foodie blog but you totally could be!! All your recipes are so unique and I imagine taste amazing!!
Aww thanks! I do like to add the unexpected elements and flavors.
I wish I lived next door to you so I could just try all your food!
I do need some taste testers! 😉
If I Had 100 Dollars says
Ugh, all yeast scares me ha! these look awesome.
I promise it is not that hard to work with yeast. Thank you!!
Tori G says
I am actually sitting at my desk drooling right now craaaaaving these!
Thank you. It was fun coming up with a new recipe.
So how weird is it that when I read the title I kinda sniffed in hopes I could smell the dill and thyme through my computer screen??
Haha!! I think that is the most awesome thing i have read today! Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could scratch and sniff our monitors.
SMD @ Life According to Steph says
You go Betty Crocker!
Thanks!! I could only hope to be that good one day.
Everything is better with icing 🙂 You always come up with such creative recipes!
I would love to add icing to everything!! Haha! Thank you so much I really try to add my own touches to everything.
Kate @ Green Fashionista says
So much YUM in this! Definitely pinning this for the weekend 🙂
Thanks for linking up!
Thank you! Hope you like it!
Amanda Elizabeth says
Yeah I love how you use almond milk in this recipe! Looks soooo good!
I don’t keep regular milk in the house so I always switch it to Almond Milk. 🙂
Oh yum, this looks really good and original! I am original to almonds – think I could just replace that with regular milk?
Yes regular milk would be fine.
OK mail me one or 70 if you could haaa they look soo good!!
Haha!! Thank you. They were fun to taste test.
Angi Solle says
YUM! That looks amazing! Tomorrow I’m doing my first ever food inspired blog post. I have been drooling over yours for months so it is about time I guess! All healthy options.
Yes, look forward to seeing it.
I don’t know how you come up with this stuff. I pat myself on the back when I make a new brand of boxed mac n cheese.
Haha!! I just try to stick the most random stuff in the more common things. This is vegetarian too just for you! 😉
Leeann @ Join the Gossip says
I am a sucker for a good roll…and breakfast sweet really haha!
Haha!! Gotta love a good sweet tasting roll!
Kelly Rodriguez says
Those look delicious! Maybe you have a new blog niche. 🙂
Thanks! I don’t know how they do it! I mean once a week is hard enough but every day?!
Aaah, I’m so excited for this recipe! These sound so good!
Thanks! It was fun to mix in the citrus, it added a subtle flavor.
These are so unique! I’m glad you at least tried for it, and it looks like you came up with a super awesome recipe regardless of the outcome!
Thanks for letting me know about the contest. It was fun at least trying and experimenting.
Wow! I’ve never seen or tried anything like these before! They look so good and not too hard to make. thanks for linking up with us last week!
Thank you! I was trying to do something really outside of the box.