My family loves sweet breads for breakfast. They also love cereal, but seeing as they go through two boxes in a sitting, making my own sweet rolls and breads is a more economical option.
They also love donuts. But, donuts make me feel guilty. Surely, homemade is better than the donut shop, right?
I will confess, these rolls are a little sweeter than things that I like to serve my family, but for a special occasion, I think they’re just the ticket.
These rolls are an adaptation of your typical cinnamon roll. But instead of a spicy filling, the spice is worked into the dough. And the dough, in turn, is rolled up with butter and colored sugars.
To a kid, sprinkles make everything better.
Bake up a batch of these festive rolls for your next holiday breakfast. You can change the colored sugar to coordinate with the event. Red and green for Christmas, rainbow colored for Easter. Match them to your next baby or bridal shower. The world is your oyster.
Or make them just because. They’ll make your kids smile.
Rainbow Breakfast Rolls
1 cup milk
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar
4 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon yeast
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon orange zest
For assembling rolls:
5 Tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 to 2 Tablespoons milk
Combine all dough ingredients in the pan of your bread machine according to the manufacturer’s directions. Set on the dough cycle and start machine. When the machine beeps, remove dough from pan and transfer it to a lightly floured surface.
Roll the dough into a large rectangle, about 1/4 inch thick. Spread butter over the surface. Sprinkle colored sugars across the dough. To achieve a rainbow effect, spread the sugars in horizontal lines across the dough. Starting at the long end, roll up the dough tightly. Use unflavored dental floss to cut the rolls into 1-inch thick rounds. Place in a greased baking dish. Allow to rise for 60 minutes, or until doubled in size.
Preheat oven to 350° and bake rolls for 20 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool on wire racks.
Meanwhile, in a small mixing bowl, combine the powdered sugar and enough milk to make a thin glaze. Drizzle glaze over cooled rolls.