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burning down the house

It has been an interesting day for fire.  I received a text message from my Beloved today:  I will not burn down the house.  I will not burn down the house.  I will not burn down the house....  Knife making and dust handlers can be very combustible.

Then, I was playing with the Smallest Short Person while the Tall Short Person and my Beloved were making dinner.  I heard this "Lady, can you come here?"  The oven was on fire.  Baking soda is a good thing.  

I am actually not very stressed about the either.  Though, I would be more upset about the oven.  How would I bake?

I decided last week that I wanted a bit of a sweet bread for breakfast.  Last time it was cinnamon rolls so this time I decided on orange rolls.  I have tried multiple recipes for orange rolls.  Simply, to make good orange rolls, you need butter, eggs, milk, and lots of orange flavor of some type.  I find glaze is much more important thing with orange rolls then cinnamon rolls for me.  

These turned out well.  I might give you another recipe someday, just because I do so, but these are good.

Orange Rolls

sourdough starter

1 cup flour

3/4 cup water

1/4 cup sugar

2 eggs

1/3 cup butter, cut up into chunks

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 teaspoon orange extract

1 teaspoon salt

3 1/4 to 4 1/4 cups all purpose flour

1/4 cup softened butter

1/2 teaspoon orange extract

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 cup powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon orange extract

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 to 3 tablespoons hempmilk

The night before you wish to make the rolls, mix the starter, 1 cup flour, and 3/4 cup water together in a large bowl with a wooden spoon.  Cover and let sit overnight.

The next day, remove 2 to 4 tablespoons of starter and put in the refrigerator for the next time you bake.

In the same bowl, mix in the sugar, eggs, butter, sour cream, orange extract, and 2 cups flour with a wooden spoon.  It does not have to be smooth. Let sit for about two hours or until it is bubbly and looks like pancake batter. 

Mix in the salt.  Mix in enough flour with the wooden spoon that it makes a dough you cannot stir anymore.  Turn out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth.  Put back in the bowl, cover, and let rise until double, about two hours.

Punch down and let rise until double again, about an hour or so.  Rising times are very dependent on the temperature of your house.

When the dough has risen a second time, punch it down.  In a small bowl, mix the 1/4 cup softened butter, 1/2 sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon orange extract together.  Set aside.

Roll the dough out into a large rectangle about 1/4 inch thick.

Smear the butter/sugar mixture you just made all over the dough.

Roll the dough up the long edge.  Cut the roll in two inch lengths.  Place in a buttered 9" by 13" by 2" pan, leaving space between the rolls.  Cover and let rise for 45 minutes to an hour or until puffy.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Bake the rolls for about 40 minutes or until golden.  Remove and let cool.

In another small bowl, mix the powdered sugar, vanilla, and orange extract together.  Add the hempmilk a little at a time until you have a nice glaze.  Either glaze all the rolls at once or separately.  My family likes separate because it means the possibility of more frosting.

These make me smile.

And yes, the oven is okay and the house is okay.

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