Cranberry-Spiced Cinnamon Rolls
The perfect sweet roll for cranberry season, these rolls balance the tartness of cranberries with a hint of citrus and spice.
Cranberry-Spiced Cinnamon Rolls
The perfect sweet roll for cranberry season, these rolls balance the tartness of cranberries with a hint of citrus and spice.
Ingredients
Cranberry-Spiced Orange Filling
Dough
Orange Icing
Instructions
For the Filling:
  1. Combine the cranberries, brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of the orange juice, orange zest, vanilla, salt and the spices into a saucepan. Cook over medium heat until cranberries burst (5 minutes). Crush any whole cranberries with a spatula.

  2. In a small bowl, mix together the cornstarch and the remaining tablespoon of orange juice into a slurry. Mix slurry into cranberry mixture, and cook on medium while stirring constantly until thickened (2 minutes). Let cool completely.

For the Dough:
  1. Grease and line a 9″ x 13″ baking dish with parchment paper.

  2. Whisk together 2 cups of the flour, yeast, sugar and salt.
  3. Combine the milk and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second increments until mixture is between 120°F and 130°F.
  4. Add the warmed milk mixture and the egg to the dry mixture, and stir with a wooden spoon.
  5. Add 2 more cups of the flour, and mix with a wooden spoon. The mixture should be thick and sticky.
  6. On a floured surface, knead the dough with another ½ cup of flour. Knead until dough is smooth, soft and tacky (can add an additional ½ cup flour, if necessary).
  7. Let the dough rest, uncovered, for 10 minutes.

For Finishing:
  1. 
Roll out dough on a floured surface into a 22″ x 13″ rectangle.
  2. Spread filling over the dough evenly, leaving a half-inch strip at the top edge without filling (the 22″ side).
  3. Brush a small amount of water along the uncovered strip using your fingers.
  4. Roll up dough. Using unflavored dental floss, cut into 12 even rolls.
  5. Place rolls into the prepared baking dish. Cover it with a clean dish towel. Let rise for 1 hour (until roughly doubled in size). While the rolls rise, preheat the oven to 350°F.
  6. Bake rolls for about 30 minutes, or until the tops are lightly browned.
  7. For the icing, whisk the heavy cream, orange zest, powdered sugar and salt until smooth.
  8. Once rolls have cooled, drizzle icing over the top.