Orange-Infused Cinnamon Rolls

I’m really excited about today’s post and not just because I think you’ll love this recipe for Orange-Infused Cinnamon Rolls.

These creamy frosting-topped pastries are also at the heart of a new video project I have been working on for the last three days.

The video is coming up below in this post.

But first, let me give you a little backstory.

raw cinnamon rolls

Until now, all the food videos I’ve created have been shot and edited on my IPhone.

Hey, nothing wrong with that… but I’ve been eager to branch out into a more cinematic approach to capturing food in motion.

There is a particular mood, look and sensibility that especially appeals to me and I could never seem to get that aesthetic with my smart phone. 

Over the weekend, I decided to make my first video using my DSLR camera (I’ve never used the video feature before) and I also used a professional editing program (that I’m still learning how to use).

I’m really happy with the way the video came together.

I think my orange-infused cinnamon rolls have never looked so good than they do in this video below. 

Note: Be sure to hit the lower right corner icon to expand the video below to full screen mode.

 

So, what do you think?

Actually, this started out as just a “practice” video so that I could learn how to use a new editing program.

But I liked it so much, I couldn’t resist sharing it.

With this first video now under my belt, I’m looking forward to creating more cinematic videos about food, gardening, crafts and lots of other topics that interest me.

Stay tuned.

Orange-Infused Cinnamon Rolls
Prep Time
3 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time
22 mins
 
Servings: 16
Ingredients
FOR THE DOUGH
  • 2-1/4 teaspoon dry active yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm milk
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4-1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 egg for the egg wash
FOR THE FILLING
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar (firmly packed)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 zest from one large orange
FROSTING
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 4 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
Instructions
FOR THE DOUGH
  1. Dissolve the yeast in a bowl of warm milk (110-degrees), until foamy.

  2. In a stand mixer (fitted with a dough hook), add the yeast, granulated sugar, eggs and flour and salt.

  3. Mix well until a ball forms. Place dough in a lightly greased bowl and cover. Allow dough to rest and rise for 2 hours.

  4. Turn dough onto a lightly floured work surface.

  5. Punch the dough down and divide in half. Set half aside.

  6. Roll dough into about 9" X 14" rectangle.

  7. Spread 2 tablespoons of butter over the rolled out dough.

  8. Sprinkle and then spread half of the brown sugar, zest mixture over the dough.

  9. Start on long edge of dough and gently roll the dough to create a log.

  10. Gently slice log into 1-inch rolls. Place on a parchment-paper lined tray. Cover and allow to rest and rise for 1 hour. Rolls will nearly double in size.

  11. Repeat steps with second half of dough.

  12. Brush rolls with egg wash.

  13. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.

  14. Spread frosting while rolls are still warm.

FOR THE FILLING
  1. Mix the brown sugar, cinnamon, oranges zest until well blended.

FOR THE FROSTING
  1. Beat the cream cheese and butter until soft and fluffy.

  2. Add confectioner's sugar and incorporate well. Add vanilla. Beat until creamy.

  3. Spread onto cooled rolls.

frosted cinnamon rolls

Thanks so much for stopping by.

I hope you enjoyed the video as much as I enjoyed creating it.

See you back here next time.

  • Candace Rogers

    This practice video is perfection! A lot of work but oh so worth it. Can’t wait to see what other videos you have up your sleeve. As always, another recipe that looks so scrumptious ( and gorgeous).

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Thanks so much for that Candace.
      I guess, all those years watching news photographers in the editing bay and LIVE trucks, paid off-lol.
      And it’s fun to finally use the video feature on my DSLR.
      Does your camera have a video feature?
      If so, consider trying a little shoot with your camera.
      I know Emily would be a perfect model for you too.
      Happy day to you and thanks again for dropping by for a sweet boost.

  • Botanic Bleu

    Lisa,
    Once again a beautiful post with a scrumptious recipe. I love orange cinnamon rolls. Dare I confess I buy the canned orange cinnamon rolls in my grocery store? I can only imagine how delicious yours must be if l love the canned ones. LOL Your video is a work of art and superbly done. Bravo! You AMAZING ROCK STAR. Can you tell I have been influenced by KariAnne of Thistlewood Farms?
    Judith

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Thanks so much, Judith. I don’t mind admitting that I too, have picked up the store-bought orange, cinnamon rolls-lol. I still love them.
      I appreciate you taking the time to check out my video too. I’m really pleased with and I’m looking forward to creating more.
      As for being influenced by KariAnne… aren’t we all?
      xoxo

  • Vicki

    I’d like to apply to be an audience member & taste tester!! Your cinematography is absolutely brilliant. What a nice visual treat. I agree with all of the other comments and applaud your production.

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Thanks, Vicki, you are more than welcome to be a taste tester anytime.
      I’m so glad you like the video too. That means a lot to me.
      Happy day to you.

  • Wallace

    I’d call your video a work of art, Lisa! The ambient lighting, subtle background music and instructive, yet unobtrusive font make for a wonderful
    cinematic gem. Plus the working hands that knead the dough are loving…and lovely. You inspire me. Well done!

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      I’m not sure whether to thank Wallace or Amy-lol
      Either way, I appreciate your sweet words about my video.
      Your reaction is exactly what I was hoping for and I thank you for taking the time to let me know how much you like it.
      It’s also so nice to know you feel inspired by my work.
      xoxo

  • Elaine Tutman

    I’m with Joyce – I want a cinnamon roll right now ! I love the video tutorial. The visual, the rhythm of the music, and the pace of instruction are calming and peaceful. A really nice job. Nana Banana

  • Shirley @Housepitality Designs

    This video is awesome Lisa!!!! You are truly a pro and you are always looking to perfect your craft(s) in every way! I love orange rolls and there was a restaurant in Florida we used to go to just for their orange rolls! I am sure yours are better!
    I also have never used my video on my DSLR and glad that you finally used yours!!

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Thanks, Shirley.
      I’ve had my camera for almost a decade and this is the first time I’ve used the video feature.
      If you have that feature too, do consider trying it out.
      I use an Apple laptop and I used an Apple editing program called Final Cut Pro to do all the editing.
      If using a Dell (or other computer), the editing program is called Adobe Premier. There’s definitely a learning curve on both.
      I’m going to keep practicing until I know it like the back of my hand-lol.
      Happy day to you.
      P.S. I’m loving how your new home is shaping up.

  • Joyce

    That was BEAUTIFUL……but now I want a cinnamon roll!

  • Dana Dantzler

    So beautiful, no surprise – everything you do is gorgeous. <3

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Thanks so much for that, Dana.
      The video literally took two days to shoot and four different lenses.
      It felt like it took forever-lol.
      There is a bit of a learning curve but I know the more I practice the faster I’ll get at it.
      And I love a good challenge.
      Thanks for taking the time to check out the video.
      Happy day to you.

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