Good Morning Sunshine Cinnamon Rolls

I’ve got a perfect weekend breakfast for your family. Sure it takes a little bit of prep work, with letting the yeast rise, and all that nonsense, but I think it is worth the effort.

Or you could take a little shortcut and purchase the Pillsbury cinnamon rolls, not use the toppings they provide, instead using my filling and glaze. But you didn’t hear that from me.

Orange, cinnamon sugar filled rolls with a mimosa glaze would surely get me out of bed early any Saturday morning.  I bet they would also get me out of bed early any other day of the week, but these are more of a weekend breakfast. You probably wouldn’t want to go to work after eating one of these, unless your office is cool with 9 am nap time.

And if your office is cool with that, please let me know where you work.

Good Morning Sunshine Cinnamon Rolls

1/2 batch your favorite sweet bread dough (or the canned stuff)
6 tbsp melted butter, divided
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 tbsp cinnamon
Zest from 1/2 large navel orange,
Juice from 1/2 large navel orange
1/2 cup pecans, chopped

For the glaze
1 tbsp butter
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Juice from the other 1/2 of the orange
Zest from the other 1/2 of the orange
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp champagne
1 tbsp milk

After you’ve followed the instructions for your favorite sweet dough, I like Pioneer Woman’s, and let it rise, and all that nonsense, roll out the dough.  Pour about 4 tbsp worth of melted butter over the rolled out dough. Sprinkle cinnamon, sugar, brown sugar, orange zest, and orange juice all over the dough, using your fingers to rub it in to the nooks and crannies. Sprinkle chopped pecans over top.  Starting at the end furthest from you, start rolling the dough tightly towards you.

Once the roll is completely rolled in, slice the dough into 1 inch sections to form the cinnamon rolls. Put rolls in the pan you are going to cook them in and let them rise again for about 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees about 15 minutes before rolls are done rising.  Once they have risen, pour the remaining two tbsp of butter and any additional topping over top the rolls. Let bake for about 22 minutes or until they are golden brown.

While they are baking, prepare the glaze. Whisk together all of the ingredients, then pour over the cinnamon rolls while they are still warm.

Don’t worry if you aren’t really a champagne person, you can always omit it and just add more milk. Of course, I don’t know why you would want to do that… mimosas are the nectar of the gods.
I kid.
But really, mimosas are pretty good, so why not pour a little bit over top your cinnamon rolls.  

Have a fantastic weekend!

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