It is time to bake for Bread bakers and our lovely host Julie at Hostess At Heart picked a very apt theme for this time of the year. Mother’s day is less than a week away (FYI: it’s May 9th) and she asked us to bake a Mother’s day or May flowers inspired bread. So I made this Apricot Sweet Rolls to celebrate Mother’s Day. My first idea was to look flower shaped breads but I wasn’t in a mood to make elaborate shapes with my bread. Then I started thinking what kind of a bread my mom would like. My mom has a very big sweet tooth (that she passed on to my sister and I — that is another story to tell) and so the regular not-so-sweet breads will not appeal to her. She prefers pastries over crusty breads, which left me with sweet enriched breads. I found the recipe for orange sweet rolls on King Arthur flour and they looked too good not to try. I subbed orange marmalade in the recipe with apricot preserves and the rolls turned out sweet, flaky and delicious. I also subbed a cup of all purpose flour with wholewheat flour — but that didn’t affect the texture of the rolls that much.My mom is visiting us from India, so I served them warm with the orange icing. I have to say these rolls are addictive — the orange icing on top makes them extra special. My mom asked for another roll after eating the first — that means it really good 🙂Happy Mother’s Day to all of you. I’m soooo excited to celebrate it with my mom this year. It’s been more than 15 years since I moved out of home and this is the first time in all these years that she’s with us for Mother’s day. I am so looking forward to it.
Don’t forget to check what our creative bakers came up with this month:
- Almond Rose Bread by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Apricot Sweet Rolls by Cook’s Hideout
- Banana and Chocolate Chip Flower Cake by Sneha’s Recipe
- Beetroot Cinnamon Rolls by Herbivore Cucina
- Blueberry Muffin Cups with Warm Lemon Sauce by A Salad For All Seasons
- Cherry Almond Kugelhopf by Hostess At Heart
- Cheesy Pizza Roses by Food Lust People Love
- Flower Bread with Savoury Onion Filling by Sara’s Tasty Buds
- Lemon Poppyseed Muffins by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Orange Marmalade Rolls by Ambrosia
- Peynirli Cicek Pogaca/ Turkish Cheese Flower Bread by Gayathri’s Cook Spot
- Pogaca -Turkish Breakfast Bread by Mayuri’s Jikoni
- Pumpkin Lavender Coconut Biscuits by The Schizo Chef
- Sfoof by Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Sunflower Crumb Muffins by Baking Sense
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Apricot Sweet Rolls
For the dough:
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup Wholewheat flour
- 2½ tsp Instant Yeast
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 1¼ tsp salt
- 1 cup Lukewarm Water
- 6 tbsp Unsalted Butter, at room temperature
- ¼ cup Dry MIlk
- ¼ cup Potato flour
For the Filling:
- ¼ cup Apricot Preserves
For the Icing:
- ½ cup Confectioners Sugar
- 1~2 tbsp Fresh squeezed Orange juice
- ½ tsp Fiori di Sicilia
- Combine all the ingredients for the dough in a large mixing bowl or the bowl of the stand mixer. Mix and knead until a smooth, soft, pliable dough forms. Cover and set the dough aside for 1~1½ hours or until it gets very puffy.
- Lightly grease 2 8" round cake pans.
- Gently deflate the dough and roll it out into a 16"x12" rectangle. Spread the apricot jam on the dough leaving a 1" border around the edges.
- Roll the dough along the long side into a tight log. Pinch the seams well.
- Using a serrated knife, slice the log into 16 slices. Arrange the 8 slices in each of the cake pans. Cover the pans and let them rise for 45minutes~1hour or until the rolls are very puffy and start to crowd in the pan.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Bake the rolls for 23~25 minutes or until the edges and the top start to turn golden brown. Remove from the oven.
- Loosen the edges with a knife and turn them over onto a wire rack.
- To serve right away, whisk confectioners sugar, orange juice and Fiori di Sicilia in a small bowl to form a spreadable icing. Spread the icing on the hot rolls and enjoy!!
- To serve later, let the rolls cool completely, then wrap in plastic wrap and store at room temperature for 3 days. When ready to serve, warm the rolls in a preheated 350°F oven and bake for 10~15 minutes, until they are nicely warmed. Spread with icing and enjoy!!