Orange Honey Crescent Rolls #TwelveLoaves

Orange Honey Crescent Rolls #TwelveLoaves

Orange Honey Crescent Roll Recipe

When I’d heard that the flavor theme for April’s #TwelveLoaves challenge was orange, I was a bit worried. You see, I’m more of a savory lover than a sweets lover so it took me awhile to wrap my head around a recipe idea. But after I’d decided to try my hand at making my very first homemade crescent rolls, the idea for these Orange Honey Crescent Rolls had me so very excited that I simply could not wait to get baking!!!

Orange Honey Crescent Roll Recipe

These warm and yeasty crescent rolls have mild orange flavor, a light sweetness from the honey and the incredible richness that only real butter can give. Quite simply, these Orange Honey Crescent Rolls are some of the best rolls I’ve ever tasted, and I’m not just saying that because I made them (and now you can too)!

Orange Honey Crescent Roll Recipe

In truth, I was a little intimidated at the idea of making my own homemade crescent rolls, but no longer! These are so super simple to make, and will give you such a tremendous feeling of pride and satisfaction once they’re done and ready to eat…and isn’t that what cooking and baking is all about? You bet!

Makes: 20-24 rolls    Prep Time: 2 1/2 hours (including rise time)   Bake Time: 20 minutes

2 packages (4 1/2 teaspoons) active dry yeast
3/4 cup warm water (110-115 degrees)
4 tablespoons honey
2 eggs, lightly beaten
4 tablespoons orange zest (from 2 large oranges)
1/2 cup butter, softened
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoon melted butter, divided to finish

-In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Stir in the honey and allow the mixture to sit and get foamy (approximately 5 minutes).
-Add the yeast mixture into the bowl of a stand mixer (or a large bowl).
-Stir in the eggs, orange zest and 1/2 cup softened butter.
-Using the dough hook (or wooden spoon) stir in 2 cups of flour, until incorporated.
-Stir in the remaining flour and salt, and continue to work (knead) the dough until it’s smooth and elastic.
-Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place the dough in a draft free place to rise until doubled, approximately 1 hour.
-Punch the dough down and divide in half.
-Working with one half of dough at a time, roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface into an approximate 14″ circle.
-Brush the surface of the dough with the melted butter.
-Using a knife or pizza wheel, cut the dough circle into approximately 12-15 wedges.
-Roll up each wedge, starting with the wide side, and place each roll, point side down on a parchment lined baking sheet.
-Gently hand bend each roll to form a slight arch.
-Follow the same procedure with the other half of dough.
-Allow the rolls to rise again in a warm, draft free place until doubled, about 1 hour.
-Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 20 minutes (or until golden brown) and brush the tops with butter when they come out of the oven.
-Serve and enjoy!

There now, that was easy, right???

I encourage you now to go and visit all the other ORANGE inspired breads and quick breads from the other fabulous #TwelveLoaves bakers. They’re listed below and well worth the clicks 🙂

  • Blueberry Dreamsicle Orange Lower-Fat Quick Bread from Shockingly Delicious
  • Brith with candied orange from Ma che ti sei mangiato
  • It’s Thyme for Orange Dinner Rolls from Cookistry
  • Orange Biscuits from Magnolia Days
  • Orange-Fennel Cake Doughnuts from girlichef
  • Orange Marmalade Filled Sweet Rolls from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
  • Orange Marmalade Scones from A Baker’s House
  • Orange Pull-Apart Bread from All That’s Left Are The Crumbs
  • Orange Pull Apart Bread with Orange Cream Cheese Glaze from Bakingyummies
  • Orange Rolls from Basic N Delicious
  • Orange Rosemary Boule from Food Lust People Love
  • Orange You Delicious Honey Crescent Rolls from Kudos Kitchen By Renee
  • Pizza di Pasqua from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
  • Rye and fennel seeds snails with blood oranges and red onion chutney from Rise of the sourdough preacher 
  • Sicilian Orange Sweet Bread from Cake Duchess
  • Strawberry and Orange Quick Bread with Candied Orange Marmalade from Hip Foodie Mom
  • Would you like to join us as a #TwelveLoaves baker? It’s easy. Here’s all you need to do to bake along:

    #TwelveLoaves April: Oranges. The month of March was filled with gorgeous strawberry breads! We have chosen ORANGES for our April theme! Choose a recipe including oranges. Your bread of choice recipe must include in the recipe: oranges, orange marmalade, orange zest. In addition to being in the dough, it could also be added to a glaze. Whatever you bake, (yeasted, quick bread, crackers, muffins, braids, flatbreads, etc) have fun and let’s have a delicious month of bread with ORANGES. Let’s get baking!
    If you’d like to add your bread to the collection with the Linky Tool this month, here’s what you need to do!
    1. When you post your Twelve Loaves bread on your blog, make sure that you mention the Twelve Loaves challenge in your blog post; this helps us to get more members as well as share everyone’s posts. Please make sure that your bread is inspired by the theme!
    2. Please link your post to the linky tool at the bottom of my blog. It must be a bread baked to the Twelve Loaves theme.
    3. Have your Twelve Loaves bread that you baked this April, 2014, and posted on your blog by April 30, 2014. #TwelveLoaves is a monthly bread baking party created by Lora from Cake Duchess. #TwelveLoaves runs so smoothly thanks to the help of the lovely Renee from Magnolia Days and Heather from girlichef.

    And now, please allow me to show you this bloggers wine glass and trivet tile because it conveniently fits the theme for this month. Orange you glad it does? LOL

    Food blogger wine glass and trivet tile
    If there is ever anything I can paint for you, please don’t hesitate to contact me or visit my shop which is located within the navigation bar. Custom orders are always welcome and I can work from any photo or description you send my way.

    Until we eat again,

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      1. Well, if those aren't the prettiest crescent rolls I've ever seen! Just lovely, Reneé! You do make them sound so easy so I'm pinning on my Recipes to Try board.

      2. I'd never guess they were your first go at crescent rolls – they look perfect Renee. And the honey-orange flavor you've worked into them is brilliant. And yes, I want some. 😉

      3. What beautiful crescent rolls, Renee! I could eat them with every meal 🙂

      4. Homemade crescent rolls – my husband would probably eat the whole batch and be looking for more. This is a keeper recipe for sure.

      5. Easy enough for ME! Nice baking with you this month for #TwelveLoaves!

      6. What a beautiful color your rolls have got! perfect shape and they have proved really well.

      7. orange honey crescent rolls?!!! love these! they are perfect! my kids would gobble these up within minutes!

      8. Those are so cute, and the colorful dish towel is perfect! I need to definitely try these!

      9. One of my daughters is the biggest fan of crescent rolls, so I can't wait to surprise her by making some that are homemade. They look delicious!

      10. Crescent rolls are one of my favorites and I've never made them. Yours are perfectly formed and so nicely done. Beautiful!

      11. First I love the name, second, those will be perfect in my diner table today.

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