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I’ve been super duper busy in recent months. That means I haven’t been around here very much, and I suck at keeping in touch with all of you. I’ve been feeling bad about that, so I’ve come up with a solution to get us through these last few months of baking school. A way for us to get a little closer, or at the very least, make you think I care about you. On occasion, I will be sharing some gems (stupid stories) from an old blog that I’m dismantling. Know that I’m here for you (sorta).
Let’s begin. Here’s a tale from back in 2008. I was just getting to know 2.0, and hadn’t yet realized that conversations like this would become a part of my every day. 2.0 and ebony-the-cat were traveling home to visit family on Christmas Eve, when he called for my assistance on a wee matter.
the phone rings:
2.0: Hey. There’s a power outage in the North End of the city. Do you have power?
2.0: I figured it might be your Christmas tree causing the problem.
(I had about 4,000 twinkle lights on my tree that year, and several people informed me that my tree was so bright that they used its glow to navigate Halifax’s Common at night. It may have reduced crime in the area.)
movita: Very funny.
2.0: Yah. So, I was calling to ask you a question.
movita: What’s up?
2.0: Well, is it normal for a cat to lay down in a bowl of water?
movita: (pausing) Aren’t you in the car right now?
movita: And ebony is with you?
2.0: Yes. And she’s laying in a bowl of water.
movita: I’m not sure what’s happening here.
2.0: EBONY IS LAYING IN A BOWL OF WATER.
movita: Yes, I heard you. I’m just not sure why there is a bowl of water in the car.
2.0: I thought she might get thirsty. It’s an hour and a half drive. And now she’s laying in the bowl of water.
movita: So… where exactly is the bowl?
2.0: On the floor. In the back of the car.
movita: Well, I’m not sure that you needed to give her water for the ride. Especially since I’m assuming you don’t have a litter box on the back seat.
2.0: Oh no. I hadn’t thought of that… Anyway, I put the water on the floor, and at first she drank it, but now she’s kind of panting and laying in the bowl. Her stomach must be wet. Why would she do that?
movita: Maybe she’s confused. I’m sure she wasn’t expecting to find a bowl full of water there.
2.0: I guess. Seems strange though, right?
movita: Yes. I think we can agree that something very strange is happening here…
If you need some help coping with your… every day, you might want to consider bringin’ some awesome to your breakfast. These orange rolls are like cinnamon rolls, but with orange. That seems obvious, but I thought I’d spell it out for you just in case. (See? I’m showing you that I care.) There’s orange flavour infused in the dough, the filling and the glaze. Top notch! Also, they are easy to make. Even easier than convincing a cat not to lay in a bowl of water than has been placed on the floor of a car for her.
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Glazed Orange Breakfast Rolls - adapted slightly from Canadian Living’s Special Baking Edition Holiday 2012 - print and bake
Yields 9 rolls.
For the dough:
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup orange juice
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/3 cup cold butter – chopped into small cubes
For the filling:
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 4 teaspoons grated orange zest
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
For the glaze:
- 1 cup icing sugar, sifted
- 3 tablespoons orange juice
Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease a 8-inch square baking dish.
Begin by making the dough. Place the eggs and orange juice in a small bowl and beat with a whisk or fork until well combined. Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. With a pastry blender or two knives, cut in the cold butter until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Drizzle the egg/orange juice mixture over the crumbs, tossing with your fingers to moisten.
Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface, and knead gently until the dough comes together. Do not overwork the dough – your rolls will be tough. Roll the dough out into a 20 cm (8 inch) square, making sure that the dough is the same thickness throughout.
Make the filling by mixing together the melted butter, sugar, orange zest and ground cloves. Spread the filling over the rolled out dough using a pallet knife or spatula, being sure to cover the dough evenly (right out to edges).
Roll up the dough, keeping the thickness of the roll even as you do so. (I like to roll toward myself, tugging the edge furthest from me up and over the filling, and then rolling up the dough, tightening the log as I go.)
Cut the roll into 9 slices – a very sharp serrated knife works well – let the knife do the work, don’t press on the dough excessively. Re-shape the roll slices if necessary, and then place the pieces in the greased baking dish. There may be a little space between the rolls. Bake until golden and puffed – about 30-35 minutes. Let cool for several minutes (until just warm), run a knife around the edges of the pan, and then flip onto a wire cooling rack to remove the rolls from the pan.
Whisk together the icing sugar and orange juice to make the glaze, and then drizzle over the warm (not hot) rolls.