These Raspberry Orange Rolls combine the comforting texture of homemade bread with the sweet and tangy flavors of raspberry and orange, all topped with a luscious vanilla orange glaze. Ideal for a cozy breakfast or as a dessert, these rolls offer a delightful twist on traditional sweet rolls, making them a perfect treat for any occasion.

Baking these rolls always fills the kitchen with a warm, inviting aroma. The combination of raspberry and orange provides a refreshing contrast to the sweet dough, creating a harmony of flavors. The process, from dough preparation to final glazing, is a rewarding baking experience, resulting in soft, flavorful rolls that are sure to impress.

Fresh Raspberry Orange Rolls being served

The Chemistry of Raspberry Orange Rolls

The creation of these rolls is a beautiful display of baking chemistry. The yeast, activated by warm milk, water and sugar, helps the dough rise and develop a fluffy texture. The orange zest adds a bright, citrusy note, while the raspberry jam brings a sweet and slightly tart flavor. The cornstarch in the filling thickens the raspberry jam, preventing it from running out during baking.

Can you make these rolls with frozen raspberries?

While this recipe uses raspberry jam, you can incorporate frozen raspberries into the filling for added texture. Thaw and drain them before use to avoid excess moisture

How do you ensure the rolls are perfectly cooked?

Bake the rolls for 30 minutes or until they turn lightly golden and are cooked through. The dough should spring back when gently pressed.

Fresh Raspberry Orange Rolls

Can the dough be prepared ahead of time?

Yes, the dough can be prepared and allowed to sit in the refrigerator overnight. This slows the rising process and can enhance the flavor of the dough.

Are these rolls freezer-friendly?

Absolutely! Freeze the baked rolls, and when ready to serve, thaw and reheat in the oven. The frosting can be applied after reheating for freshness. You can also freeze before baking, tightly cover the uncooked sweet rolls on the cookie sheet and place in the freezer. The rolls can freeze for up to 1 month. When you are ready to bake, move the rolls to the fridge the day before you plan on baking. Pull them out when thawed (about 24 hours in the fridge) and bake according to the directions.

What is in raspberry orange rolls?

Warm Milk & Water

Activate the yeast for the dough’s rise.

Active Dry Yeast

Key for the dough’s rise, adding lightness and texture

Granulated Sugar

Feeds the yeast and adds sweetness

Eggs

Provide structure and richness

Brown Sugar & Honey

Deepen the flavor

Vanilla

Adds aromatic essence

Melted Butter

Gives the dough a rich, tender texture.

Fine Sea Salt

Balances the sweetness

Bread Flour

Creates a strong, elastic dough suitable for yeast-leavened sweet rolls

Raspberry Jam & Fresh Orange Juice

Creates a tangy, fruit flavor and filling

Cornstarch

Thickens the filling, maintaining its consistency

Powdered Sugar

Forms a base for the glaze

Fresh Raspberry Orange Rolls being served

How to Store

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Freeze unbaked rolls for 1 month, or baked rolls for 3 months. Thaw and reheat in the oven, then apply the glaze.

Making Ahead

Prepare the dough the night before, let it rise, then place in the fridge overnight. This is for convenience and it will also add flavor to your dough as it rests.

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Why make raspberry orange rolls?

These Raspberry Orange Rolls are more than just a pastry; they’re a delightful combination of flavors and textures that come together to create a special treat. Whether for a weekend brunch or a comforting dessert, these rolls are sure to bring a smile to everyone who tries them. Enjoy the process and the delicious outcome!

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Raspberry Orange Rolls

5 from 2 votes
Author: Madison Reid
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Rising Time: 2 hours
Servings: 18 rolls
Homemade bread combined with sweet raspberry and orange, topped with vanilla glaze. Makes for a comforting breakfast or dessert.

Ingredients 

Rolls

  • 1 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 tbsp dry active yeast
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 6 tbsp brown sugar
  • 6 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups melted butter
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 8 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1 tbsp orange zest

Filling

  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup raspberry jam
  • 1 orange juiced

Frosting

  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 oranges juiced
  • 2 tbsp milk

Instructions

Rolls

  • In a medium glass bowl combine the milk and water. Warm it up in the microwave for about 30 seconds until it reaches lukewarm temperature. You do not want it hot, hot liquid will kill yeast.
  • Whisk the granulated sugar then add the yeast. Let sit for 5-10 minutes until the mixture bubbles up.
  • While you are allowing the yeast mixture to bubble up, in a large bowl whisk the eggs, brown sugar, honey, vanilla and melted butter.
  • Pour the flour and salt into the large mixing bowl and stir together. The dough will be dry and crumbly at this point.
  • Add the yeast mixture to the dough and mix with a wooden spoon or dough whisk until it forms a soft dough. Fold in the orange zest.
  • Cover with a kitchen towel and allow to rise for 2 hours
  • Once the dough has risen, roll out into a large rectangle

Filling

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  • In a small bowl mix together the cornstarch, brown sugar and cinnamon
  • Spread the cup of raspberry jam all over the rectangle of dough
  • Squeeze the orange juice directly onto of the dough and jam
  • Sprinkle the brown sugar mixture on top of the jam and juice
  • Roll the dough up, cut the dough into 18 even rolls
  • Place the rolls on 2 greased light metal cookie sheets
  • Bake the rolls for 30 minutes or until lightly golden and cooked through

Frosting

  • In a small. mixing bowl whisk together the sugar, orange juice and milk
  • While the rolls are still hot out of the oven, spoon glaze on each roll and allow it to melt over the warm rolls. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 686kcal Carbohydrates: 111g Protein: 10g Fat: 23g Saturated Fat: 14g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 93mg Sodium: 327mg Potassium: 200mg Fiber: 3g Sugar: 62g Vitamin A: 772IU Vitamin C: 14mg Calcium: 80mg Iron: 1mg

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