Homemade Orange Sweet Rolls are all you need for a cozy relaxing breakfast on a lazy spring weekend with your family.
Making cinnamon rolls has always scared me.
Mainly because I have been surrounded by fabulous cinnamon roll makers my whole life.
And let me be clear, I’m scared of the baking part, not the eating part 👍
Growing up, my family was the only Venezuelan family in Ames Iowa (that we knew of). Freshly arrived, we came from eating arepas con queso banco (arepas with white salty cheese) for breakfast to the land of corn and Midwestern baked goods.
One of the first baked goods we fell in love with were cinnamon rolls (aka sticky buns or sweet rolls). Doughy swirly buns bursting with cinnamon and sugar, covered in good old fashioned frosting or sticky caramel. Let’s just say my whole family was hooked!
Lucky for us my mom befriended a talented Midwestern home cook named Carol who taught her how to bake incredible cinnamon rolls! From then on, cinnamon rolls became a staple in our household! Once we moved back to Venezuela, my mom kept the baking tradition alive by making batches for our friends, neighbors and eventually selling them.
Fast forward 25 years and I now live in the Midwest. Surrounded by all the amazing baked goods from my childhood in Iowa. Except now, my cinnamon roll craving is satisfied by the amazing rolls made by my mom-in law.
My mom-in-law has plenty of experience making cinnamon rolls. She made batches and batches and batches to feed hungry summer campers for over 20 years. Her rolls are sticky, gooey, caremely and downright amazing!
So you can see why I’ve been putting off making rolls my whole life! They seem complicated and I have 2 incredibly talented family members that have mastered these tasty breakfast treats.
Instead, my alternate route to sweet roll glory is on the fruitier side. I’m talking Glazed Orange Sweet Rolls.
I’ve had fruit filled sweet rolls before and man they are addicting. Buttery and tender dough with swirls of fruit filling. Surprisingly less sweet than a traditional cinnamon roll but all the more enjoyable for breakfast with a strong cup of coffee.
Ahhhh… it doesn’t get much better than a homemade roll and coffee to start the day.
I can now truthfully say that I am not afraid of sweet rolls. But instead of dishing out cinnamon ones, I’m baking up Glazed Orange Sweet Rolls.