The Christmas holiday is rapidly approaching. Are you ready? I’m honestly a bit nervous about how our first Christmas without Dad will be. I know it’s going to be hard, but it will be good to be with family so we can all support each other and lean on each other. We’re hosting at our house, and planning on keeping things very low maintenance. That’s how it has always been in our family anyway. This has never been a big food holiday for us. We’re too busy enjoying the giving and receiving of gifts and just spending a lazy day with each other. Food has always been more of an afterthought.
If you’re having guests in your home for a holiday breakfast or brunch, these cranberry orange cinnamon rolls would be an ideal option. The rolls are made and assembled in advance and then refrigerated until you are ready to bake them. The cranberry and orange flavors with a hint of spice are just right for the holiday season. I love the way the tart cranberries contrast with the sweet cinnamon-sugar mixture, and the orange provides a bright accent. I used a simple orange flavored glaze, though I think a spiced glaze like the one from these pumpkin scones would also be wonderful. If you are a fan of more of the browned crust portion of the cinnamon roll you can proof and bake them on a baking sheet – the rolls will spread out a bit more than rise up, leaving more surface area exposed to the oven. If you’re more fond of the soft pull-apart seams, try proofing and baking in a dish like a 9 x 13 or something similar so they have nowhere to go but up.
Today’s holiday giveaway is an awesome gift set from Grafton Village Cheese Co. Visit the giveaway page to learn more and enter!