Winter is here, and it’s here in full effect. Although I can do without the snow and freezing temperatures, there is something awe-inspiring about watching the seasons transition and the changes they bring. I enjoy buying produce seasonally, and this was the first time I bought fresh cranberries. I stumbled upon this recipe from Smitten Kitchen, and I’ve been on a roll (pun intended) making these scrolls!
The marriage between cranberries and oranges is a match made in heaven, and the cranberries, when baked, dot the dough like gorgeous little rubies!
Cranberry Orange Scrolls
Yield: 12 Scrolls
- ¾ cup buttermilk
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 4 large egg yolks
- 1 large whole egg
- Zest of 1 orange, divided
- 3 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 ¼ teaspoons instant or active dry yeast
- 1 ¼ teaspoons salt
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 cup fresh cranberries, pulsed into a course crumb in the food processor (not fully pureed)
- Orange zest from above
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 ½ tablespoons orange juice or milk
In the bowl of a mixer, combine buttermilk, butter, sugar, egg yolks, whole egg, and ¾ of the orange zest together. Add 2 cups of the all-purpose flour, yeast, and salt, and mix until evenly moistened. Add remaining 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour and mix on low speed until soft and not overly sticky, about 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a lightly greased bowl, cover, and allow the dough to double in size, about 2 to 3 hours.
Lightly grease two 9-inch pans or a 9”x13” pan. Set aside.
After the dough has doubled, punch it down. Transfer it to a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough out into a large rectangle about 12”x18”. Spread the melted butter evenly over the surface, followed by the brown sugar, pulsed cranberries, and remaining orange zest.
Starting with the longer side, gently roll into a log. Lightly pinch the seams together to seal. Using a knife, gently cut the log into 12 sections. Place the scrolls cut-side up in the prepared pans. Cover, refrigerate, and allow them to rise overnight, up to 16 hours.
Remove scrolls from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking.
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Bake until puffed and golden, about 25 to 30 minutes.
In a small bowl, whisk powdered sugar and orange juice or milk together until smooth and no lumps remain. Drizzle over warm scrolls.