in the kitchen

in the kitchen

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Clementine Rolls

Here is a take on Orange Rolls that everyone will really enjoy. The little clementines are a bit sweeter but feel free to substitute regular oranges here. Tangerines would be scrumptious and grapefruit may be awesome...
Clementine Rolls
2 cups warm water
1/2 cup dry powdered milk
1 tablespoon rapid rise yeast
1/4 cup raw sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup butter, divided
3 1/2 to 4 cups flour
1/3 cup white sugar
3 teaspoons clementine zest
1/3 cup sour cream
1/3 cup raw sugar
1/3 cup fresh clementine juice
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon grated ginger root
1/8 teaspoon salt
Pour water into stand mixer bowl. Add powdered milk and sprinkle with yeast. Add raw sugar, salt and vanilla. Melt 1/3 cup butter and add to the yeast mixture. Mix in 2 cups flour and beat until combined. Add enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Cover and allow to rise for 30 minutes. Roll dough into a 18" x 9" rectangle. Spread with remaining butter. Mix 1/3 cup sugar with the zest and spread over rectangle. Roll up lengthwise. Grease 24 muffin tins with butter or butter spray. Slice rolls into 3/4 inch discs and drop each into a muffin tin. Allow to rise 20 minutes then bake at 350 degrees for 18 minutes. While they are baking, mix topping ingredients in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Allow topping to cool slightly while rolls finish baking. Remove rolls from tins to a cooling rack. Spoon topping over rolls and serve warm.
Hints: You want to keep the dough very soft so you get light rolls. Remove them from the pans quickly so they don't continue to cook. The topping will stiffen up as it cools. If there are any left over, chill them. Re-heat for 10 to 15 seconds in a microwave to serve.
These make a lovely brunch roll but are great for dessert as well. The citrus and vanilla combine so well. The topping is more than a glaze and adds just the right amount of smoothness. Hard to resist... just a warning.


  1. Wow these look amazing Meg!

  2. Dax and I made these Sunday afternoon and they are delicious! Wow. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I'm so glad you guys tried them and liked them.