Festive Cinnamon Rolls

Chocolate and orange completes any festive baking... read more

You can never have too many recipes for all of these wonderful festive treats this Christmas and with just a few days left, we’ve got a simple and very tasty recipe from Lizzie who blogs over at Blue October and it’s one you don’t want to miss…

Cinnamon rolls are one of my favourite things to bake; they’re simple yet tick all the boxes for flavour, comfort and sweet tooth satisfaction.

I thought for Christmas I’d change things up a bit and add some of my favourite festive flavours; chocolate and orange. I always associate Terry’s Chocolate Orange with stockings and present opening, so adding this flavour to my number one sweet treat is festive perfection!

Lizzie 2 The good thing about this recipe – aside from the fact you’re left with soft, cinnamon deliciousness – is it doesn’t require anything particularly fancy ingredients-wise, and it’s pretty much fool proof. Which, when you’re juggling gift buying, Christmas parties and festive cheer aplenty, is so welcome.


For the dough:
200ml semi-skimmed milk
45g unsalted butter
525g plain flour
1 sachet fast action dried yeast
50g caster sugar
55ml water
1 large egg

For the filling:
50g unsalted butter
150g dark brown sugar
1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
Zest of one orange
Pack of milk chocolate drops

For the glaze:
200g icing sugar
Juice of half an orange

Baking dish approx 13 x 10 inches

Warm the milk in a pan – don’t boil – before adding the butter to melt. Take off the heat and leave to cool slightly.

lizzie 3 In a large mixing bowl, add 335g of the flour (put the rest aside), the yeast sachet, caster sugar and combine. Then add the water, egg and the milk/butter mixture and beat well with a wooden spoon. Add the remaining flour (you should have 190g left) a bit at a time, mixing well with your hands. It should start to get harder and harder to mix as it comes together. Place on a floured surface and gently knead for five minutes. It should spring back up to the touch. Cover with a damp cloth whilst you make the filling.

Melt the butter, and leave to cool slightly. Zest your orange. Weigh the sugar and mix in the ground cinnamon.

lizzie 4 Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface, approximately to the size of your baking dish. Using a pastry brush, distribute the melted butter and then sprinkle over the sugar and cinnamon, followed by the orange zest and chocolate drops.

Roll the dough length-ways, and pinch the seam together. Cut in to twelve equal sized slices and place in to the baking dish. Cover with a tea towel and leave in a warm place to proof for 30 minutes. I warm my oven to 100c, turn off, and leave in there!

Once proofing is finished – they should have doubled (ish) in size – pop in your oven at 180c and bake for around 20 minutes or until golden. Leave to cool for a while before icing.

Beat together the icing sugar and orange zest, and add warm water until you get a slightly runny consistency. Drizzle over the cooked rolls. Finish with a drizzle of melted chocolate for good measure. They taste best warm, so get to it!

lizzie 5 Mmmm don’t these look delicious? What festive baking are you getting up to this Christmas? Let us know below or on Twitter @LauraAshleyUK

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