Mrs. Beaver’s Orange Rolls – A Narnia Recipe

Mrs. Beaver's Orange Rolls - A Narnia Recipe

And when they had finished the fish Mrs. Beaver brought unexpectedly out of the oven a great and gloriously sticky marmalade roll, steaming hot…”

-The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe-

I have tried and failed a bunch of times to make a traditional English (er, Narnian) marmalade roll. Each time I tried, the roll turned out so hideously ugly that I couldn’t bring myself to photograph it. On top of that, I realized that I don’t like orange marmalade. It’s too bitter for my taste. But I was not willing to give up on this concept, since the sticky marmalade roll described in¬†The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe¬†just sounded delightful.

So, I decided to take an interpretive approach to this recipe. I kept the sticky roll concept and even included orange as a flavor, but I went with a more American recipe: orange cinnamon rolls! I’ve always loved orange rolls, but have never tried making them from scratch. I used this orange roll recipe and added cinnamon to it. So good! I do think this is something the Pevensie children would have enjoyed eating while sitting around Mr. and Mrs. Beaver’s cozy dinner table.

Mrs. Beaver’s Orange Rolls

Ingredients

For the dough

  • 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3 1/2 cups flour (more may be needed, see directions for details)

For the filling

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons orange zest
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted

For the glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 teaspoons melted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
  • 4 teaspoons milk

Directions

  1. Dissolve the yeast in the water.
  2. Add the milk, shortening, sugar, salt, egg, and flour.
  3. Beat the ingredients together until it forms a smooth dough. If the dough is too sticky or wet, you may need to add a little bit more flour, but only add a little bit at a time.
  4. Knead the dough for about 7 minutes until it is smooth and elastic.
  5. Place the dough in a greased bowl and allow it to rise for about an hour.
  6. Divide the dough into two pieces, and roll each piece out into a rectangle.
  7. In a small bowl, combine the sugar, cinnamon, and orange zest for the filling.
  8. Brush each dough rectangle with melted butter, then sprinkle the cinnamon sugar filling on top.
  9. Roll the dough up length-wise, and cut each roll into pieces that are about 2 inches wide. I use unflavored dental floss to do this.
  10. Place the rolls into a greased baking pan.
  11. Cover the rolls loosely and let them rise for about 45 minutes.
  12. Bake the rolls at 375 degrees F for about 20 minutes.
  13. Mix together the glaze ingredients.
  14. Pour the glaze over the rolls, and serve warm.

 

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