Orange Marmalade Filled Sweet Rolls #TwelveLoaves

Orange Marmalade Filled Sweet Rolls are composed of a tender bread dough rolled around a healthy dose of marmalade and brown sugar for a delightful breakfast treat!

Orange Marmalade Filled Sweet Rolls

Sweet Rolls

Whew. After a couple of yeast disasters, I thought I had lost my baking mojo. But I went to my trusty Red Star Platinum yeast and an Alton Brown cinnamon dough recipe to revive my bread baking esteem. These Orange Marmalade Filled Sweet Rolls started with a soft buttery dough that spent the night in the fridge slowly developing an exquisite flavor and texture. Bill was back at work for a half day and gave me a call on his way home, questioning if I got those orange rolls baked. When I replied in the affirmative, he mentioned he planned to have one for lunch!

Orange Marmalade Filled Sweet Rolls

Marmalade Filling Verdict

Alton Brown’s cinnamon roll dough was a winner and rolled out like a dream. I smeared some marmalade jam over the surface, followed by a cup of brown sugar and then a drizzle of melted butter. The most difficult part of the whole process was rolling up the dough…but even if your spiral isn’t perfect, your rolls will taste amazing. The long, rolled cylinder was sliced into 12 slices, then placed in a baking pan, covered and set in the fridge overnight. Just a half hour in a slightly warmed oven proofed them for baking the next morning. I added an icing made of butter, orange zest, orange juice and powdered sugar. Now wouldn’t this be the perfect breakfast to serve your morning company? All the work can be done the night before.

I didn’t mention the orange marmalade to Bill. If he has toast for breakfast, he tops it with butter and the most mundane jelly…raspberry, strawberry or grape. I awaited his verdict. Bill has a fondness for both cinnamon and orange breakfast rolls. I shouldn’t have worried. These plump, tender sweet rolls were definitely a success. Just ask Bill. He’ll vouch for them.

Orange Marmalade Filled Sweet Rolls

Orange Marmalade Filled Sweet Rolls #TwelveLoaves
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Recipe adapted from recipes from Alton Brown, The Pioneer Woman, and Better Homes and Gardens
Recipe type: Bread, Breakfast, Brunch
Serves: 12 rolls
For dough:
  • 4 egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1 whole egg, room temperature
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ¾ cup (6 ounces) buttermilk, room temperature
  • 4 cups flour (you may not need it all)
  • 1 package instant dry yeast, Red Star Platinum Yeast preferred
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup orange marmalade, I used Bonne Maman
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon orange juice
  • I cup powdered sugar
  1. In your stand mixer fit with whisk attachment, mix the egg yolks, whole egg, sugar, butter, and buttermilk. Add 2 cups of the flour,yeast and salt and mix till combined. Replace the whisk attachment with the dough hook. Add 1¼ cups of the remaining flour and knead on low speed for 5 minutes. If the dough is sticky after 5 minutes, slowly add more flour till it reaches desired consistency. Knead on low speed 5 minutes more or till dough comes away from the sides of the bowl. Spray a large bowl with non-stick cooking spray and swirl the top of the dough in the bowl, then flip it over. Cover and let double in volume at room temperature, 2 to 2½ hours.
  2. Grease a 9 by 13-inch glass baking dish. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Roll into an 18 by 12-inch rectangle. Brush the dough with the marmalade, leaving ½-inch border along the top edge. Sprinkle the brown sugar over the dough, then drizzle with butter. Beginning with the long edge nearest you, roll the dough into a tight cylinder.Using a serrated knife, slice the cylinder into 12 equal sized rolls. Arrange rolls cut side down in the baking dish; cover tightly with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator overnight.
  3. Remove the rolls from the refrigerator and place in an oven that is turned off. Fill a 9 x13 pan half-full of boiling water and set on the rack below the rolls. Close the oven door and let the rolls rise until they look slightly puffy, about 30 minutes. Remove the rolls and the water from the oven.
  4. Preheat oven to 350º. Bake rolls for about 30 minutes till lightly browned.
  5. Make icing by adding all ingredients to mixing bowl. Beat till well combined. Spread over rolls when cooled.
Total time does not include proofing times or cooling time.

Twelve Loaves

#TwelveLoaves April: Oranges. The month of March was filled with gorgeous strawberry breads! We have chosen ORANGES for our April theme! Choose a recipe including oranges. Your bread of choice recipe must include in the recipe: oranges, orange marmalade, orange zest. In addition to being in the dough, it could also be added to a glaze. 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! Check out all the wonderful breads this month, and scroll down for the rules if you’d like to join us:


If you’d like to add your bread to the collection with the Linky Tool this month, here’s what you need to do!

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.

#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.

Disclosure: Red Star Yeast supplied me with a variety of their premium yeasts.Bonne Maman  supplied me with a jar of their Orange Marmalade. I was not compensated for writing this post and the opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Red Star Yeast nor Bonne Maman. 


  1. Hi Liz, I just need to look at the photos to know they are as good as they looked! Would love to bake them for my mornings too!

  2. Fantastic rolls Liz! And perfectly made may I add! We all have our misfortunes in the kitchen!

  3. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    Wow, I have a strong cuppa coffee… Wish I had one of these rolls:@)

  4. Oh I wish I could learn baking with yeast.. 🙂 these rolls look fantastic! Who wouldn’t love orange marmalade?!

  5. I had to laugh when I got to the part where you weren’t sure your husband would like the marmalade inside, Liz, because I was thinking the exact opposite for mine. Simon loves orange marmalade. In fact, it’s his first choice of sweet spread on toast. He’d LOVE these rolls!

  6. I am glad you got your yeast back on. These are beautiful. My family loves the orange buns from the tube but I just cannot do it often. These however have already won my heart. Truly gourmet!

  7. Wow, Liz these rolls are picture perfect. And I’m willing to bet they taste divine. I love orange marmalade.

  8. You definitely did not have a thing to worry about – these look just perfect, Liz. Mmmmm….orange marmalade… 😉

  9. Lizzy , your taste tester sure knows how to appreciate homemade bread 😀 By the look of those rolls , I bet it tastes as gorgeous as it looks !

  10. Liz it’s so funny we made similar recipes but yours is sweet and mine savoury!
    What a scrumptious breakfast 😉
    Very well done
    Have a lovely day

  11. Jean | says:

    Liz, these look scrumptious! And they are another way I can use my vast stores of marmalade–I make marmalade every January.

  12. These are like sunshine on a plate Liz. What a wonderful way to start the day.

  13. Your rolls look picture perfect and I just love the icing on them! yup perfect breakfast!

  14. I was just wondering where the orange smell comes from………… would love to have a bite now!

  15. “Marmalade-filled.” Yeah, I’ll just repeat that a few times. Sigh. Nice baking with you this month for #TwelveLoaves!

  16. You, lose your yeast mojo? No way, the only way that would happen is if you are playing an April Fool’s joke on us 🙂
    These look really lovely.

  17. absolutely delicious. perfectly sweet with that hint of citrus from the orange marmalade. I love it

  18. Haha, glad you found your baking mojo again! These rolls are totally up my alley…i love orange anything, and you can’t beat doughy deliciousness 😉 Now if some of them could just find there way into my kitchen…

  19. Oh I hate it when I have baking disasters! Looks like you have recovered in fine form, these look so delicious! I wish I was having one with my morning coffee!

  20. You with yeast disaster and losing baking mojo? I wouldn’t believe it (hehe) but these rolls came out fabulous! I haven’t had orange marmalade for a while and suddenly started to crave for tangy sweet flavor of marmalade. Must be so delicious in these rolls! <3

  21. It has been a while since I baked with yeast, a little fearful to. These marmalade rolls look awesome. Jam and such is a great idea.

  22. Gorgeous, Lizzy, just gorgeous!

  23. Liz this sounds wonderful. I love that it has orange marmalade in it. Very unique!

  24. How about sending a dozen or so to your Ninja pal in CA? Seriously, Liz, they look and sound soooo good. Such a simple but brilliant concept! Why didn’t I think of that?


  25. Wonderful rolls liz! I love marmalade and especially orange flavor is my favorite… this looks perfect to eat anytime..

  26. Bill has great taste!!! I love the combination of orange and cinnamon….oh Liz, I bet these were amazing

  27. Gosh – beautiful! So good to see your sight up and running again. This morning I tried twice!

  28. What an amazing flavour combination, and to pop them in the oven in the morning is the perfect breakfast (or lunch) for guests. I’ve had recipes fail and it’s so disheartening. I’m really glad you got your baking mojo back Liz.

  29. Lizzy,
    These rolls look fabulous. So glad you got your yeast mojo going.
    It’s wonderful that Bill was able to go back to work, even if it was with a lighter load. I bet it was a relief and a blessing.

  30. Liz,
    I don’t believe you. I don’t think you could ever lose your baking mojo. But glad Alton got you back on track. From my post, you can probably tell I’m a marmalade lover so your Orange Marmalade Filled Sweet Rolls look fabulous!!! WANT!

  31. Poor Bill. He takes a lot of flack but at least he is smart enough to know something good when he sees it!

  32. I’m crazy for orange marmalade recipes…when I saw this, I actually breathed ohhhhhh! I’d say that skinny chick not only can bake, but can shoot great photos too!

  33. Like the marmalade in the rolls, they sure look great…light and soft…yum!
    Hope you are having a great week Liz 😀

  34. Oh I love the marmalade- cinnamon combo in the buns… must have tasted wonderful !

  35. Beautiful orange breakfast treats! Loolvely rolls! 🙂 ela

  36. I need to work on my yeast issues and mojo 🙂 ! You sweet rolls look perfect. Hmmm, you may have just given me the confidence to try again!

  37. I love the idea that you can make these the night before and proof them in the fridge. They sound totally delicious.

  38. I can’t tell you how relieved I was to read that even experienced bread bakers note that the rolling of the cylinder can be a little difficult. I can’t wait to try these because they look fantastic, and I love that you can do most of the work the night before.

  39. I am glad you got your baking mojo back Liz and a fun way to get some extra vitamin C. I love cinnamon bread but the addition of orange marmalade sounds delicious and a little different. I know what you mean about liking a certain brand of yeast not only do they not have the usual brand of yeast here in Hong Kong but it is not sold in little packages but instead little boxes so you have to measure it out. Really!? My baking saga continues here in Hong Kong.

  40. Do I HAVE to wait for company to come to make these? I’m pretty sure I could knock this platter off in no time at all. 🙂

  41. This would make a great afternoon tea accompaniment too! Gorgeous buns, Liz.

  42. These rolls look gorgeous! I’m so glad Bill loved them, even though there was a marmalade factor. I think you’ve rolled yours up perfectly – no loss of mojo at all! xx

  43. You lose your baking mojo? I don’t think so Liz:) Just look at these heavenly rolls! I of course have never caught the baking with yeast mojo so all is lost at my end but NOT you, these look fantabulous! Whatever Bill isn’t willing to “scoff” down, I will gladly finish!

    Thank you so much for sharing, Liz. Boy I sure wish I had just one:)

  44. No need to worry about your yeast mojo any longer, Liz. It’s back in a big way! These are pure perfection!

  45. These look and sound wonderful. Can’t wait to give them a try. Thanks!

  46. Oh, now these are totally calling to me! My obsession with citrus lately knows no bounds… I blame baby. But, all the more reason to indulge in these delicious sweet rolls! Lovely recipe, Liz!

  47. Wow do those look good!! I love Orange Marmalade!

  48. I love working with this kind of dough and love the idea of rolling orange marmalade into it! I think they would be perfect without the glaze on top… and are so beautiful!

  49. Lizzy your sweet rolls look PERFECT! ^_^ I love that you filled them with marmalade what a wonderful idea! 😀 …I so want to give these a try!


  50. Another recipe to put on the list. Looks great Liz as usual, you always make the finest stuff.

  51. These look and sound seriously amazing … especially that frosting, which I swear I could eat on its own off a spoon!

  52. These rolls look magnificent, what a perfect breakfast they must be 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  53. Yeast disasters can be so distressing, can’t they? We bake enough that I think those are behind us (knock on wood!) but there’s always that possibility, alas. Anyway, these look terrific! Look great, and I’ll bet the flavor is even better. A+!

  54. Sweet rolls are the way to my heart…You have just won mine, Liz!

  55. Yippee the yeast doesn’t have to proof, that’s where my recipes usually falter. I am so looking forward to baking these rolls.

  56. Lora @cakeduchess says:

    You lose your mojo-never! Maybe a day where you take a break, but you just get better and better! Love these rolls, Lizzy!!

  57. Sensational looking rolls! They sound delicious!

  58. How I would love to wake up to these tomorrow morning! Another great recipe, Lizzy!:)

  59. Sweet rolls are an absolute must for us here on Easter. I love that there is buttermilk in the dough. It adds so much richness to baked goods. Looks wonderful, Liz!

  60. This recipe is perfect to share with company and when my parents next visit we will all enjoy these treat for breakfast. The house will smell so good– there can’t be a better way to welcome family!

  61. These look so tasty! And that frosting has my mouth watering!

  62. These rolls look like a delicious dream, Liz! I’ve always wanted to make orange sweet rolls and now I can’t wait to try this recipe. I used to eat orange marmelade all the time as as kid. I haven’t had any since then! That needs to change asap.

  63. Yep, great minds think alike 😀 love this rolls they look perfect.

  64. I wish we could swap orange rolls, these look incredible!

  65. Those are some freaking gorgeous sweet rolls! I’ll take a dozen. You ship, right? hahahaha

  66. I hate getting behind with your blog because when I see everything I’ve missed I start going down the posts saying I want that one, and that one and that one. Right now I’m craving the chocolate cookies and definitely these sweet rolls! I love orange marmalade with bread, especially yeast breads. These look fabulous!


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