The theme for April is oranges and my first instinct was to make something sweet. It would have been easy, since I've got a few jars of orange marmalade left from a previous orange frenzy.
But then I thought, no, I really don't feel like sweet rolls.
I love citrus, but I was stumped for just a little while. I didn't want to just toss some orange juice into a bread recipe and leave it at that. I wanted to add something else.
Then it hit me. (ouch!) Lemon thyme is one of my favorite herbs. So why not use plain thyme with some orange. Makes sense, yes?
That's exactly what I did. And then I made dinner rolls.
It's Thyme for Orange Dinner Rolls
Zest of 1/2 orange
Juice of 1/2 orange, plus water to make 1 cup
2 tablespoons sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast*
2 1/2 cups (11 1/4 ounces) bread flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon dry thyme
Combine all of the ingredients in the bowl of your stand mixer. Knead with the dough hook until the dough is shiny and elastic. It won't be smooth because of the bits of orange and thyme mixed in, but the dough itself should be smooth and silky.
Or, if you're so inclined, mix in a bowl, then knead by hand. If you're hand-kneading, reserve some of the flour for dusting your work surface during kneading - you don't want to add more flour. Return the dough to the bowl when you're done kneading.
Cover the bowl and set aside in a warm place to rise until doubled, about an hour.
When the dough has risen, flour your work surface very lightly and turn out the dough. Divide into 12 equal pieces. For a tip on how to divide dough into thirds, look here.
Spray a 9x13 baking pan with baking spray. Or you can use a baking sheet lined with parchment or sprinkled with cornmeal. I like the 9x13 pan because I have one with a cover, which is convenient for rising. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
Form each lump of dough into a ball and place them in the prepared baking pan. Cover with plastic wrap (see how that covered pan is handy?) and set aside in a warm spot to rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
When the buns have risen, remove the cover and bake the buns at 350 degrees until nicely browned, about 25 minutes.
Remove the buns from the pan and let them cool completely on a rack.
*If you're using Red Star active dry yeast, you can mix it directly into the dough - the pellet size is small enough so it dissolves. If you're using a different brand that has larger-grained yeast, combine it with the water and let it sit for a few minutes to soften, before you continue with the mixing and kneading.
#TwelveLoaves is a monthly bread baking party created by Lora from Cake Duchess. #TwelveLoaves runs so smoothly thanks to the help of the lovely Renee from Magnolia Days and Heather from girlichef.
April's theme is oranges, following the gorgeous strawberry breads featured in March.
If you want to play along, choose a recipe that includes oranges in the recipe itself (not a jam that's alongside, for example). You can use oranges, orange marmalade, or orange zest in the dough or as a glaze, drizzle, or frosting. Whatever you bake, (yeasted, quick bread, crackers, muffins, braids, flatbreads, etc) have fun and let's have a delicious month of bread with oranges. Let's get baking!
Want more ORANGE? Check out these other lovely bloggers who participated this month:
- Blueberry Dreamsicle Orange Lower-Fat Quick Bread from Shockingly Delicious
- Brith with candied orange from Ma che ti sei mangiato
- It's Thyme for Orange Dinner Rolls from Cookistry
- Orange Biscuits from Magnolia Days
- Orange-Fennel Cake Doughnuts from girlichef
- Orange Marmalade Filled Sweet Rolls from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Orange Marmalade Scones from A Baker's House
- Orange Pull-Apart Bread from All That's Left Are The Crumbs
- Orange Pull Apart Bread with Orange Cream Cheese Glaze from Bakingyummies
- Orange Rolls from Basic N Delicious
- Orange Rosemary Boule from Food Lust People Love
- Orange You Delicious Honey Crescent Rolls from Kudos Kitchen By Renee
- Pizza di Pasqua from Karen's Kitchen Stories
- Rye and fennel seeds snails with blood oranges and red onion chutney from Rise of the sourdough preacher
- Sicilian Orange Sweet Bread from Cake Duchess
- Strawberry and Orange Quick Bread with Candied Orange Marmalade from Hip Foodie Mom
1. When you post your Twelve Loaves bread on your blog, make sure that you mention the Twelve Loaves challenge in your blog post; this helps us to get more members as well as share everyone's posts. Please make sure that your bread is inspired by the theme!
2. Please link your post to the linky tool at the bottom of my blog. It must be a bread baked to the Twelve Loaves theme.
3. Have your Twelve Loaves bread that you baked this April, 2014, and posted on your blog by April 30, 2014.