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Date And Orange Rolls

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Ingredients
  Fresh yeast 1⁄2 Ounce (Compressed)
  Warm milk 3 Tablespoon
  All purpose flour 1 Pound (Strong Plain Flour)
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Castor sugar 4 Ounce (Superfine Sugar)
  Soured cream 3 Tablespoon
  Orange juice 3 Tablespoon
  Butter 6 Ounce, melted
  Eggs 2 , lightly beaten
  Pitted dates 3 Ounce, chopped
  Grated orange rind 4 Tablespoon (Rind Of 2 Oranges)
  Mixed candied peel 1 Ounce, chopped (3 Tablespoon)
  Ground cinnamon 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Icing sugar 8 Ounce (Confectionery Sugar)
Directions

Cream the yeast with the milk.
Sift the flour and salt into a warmed bowl.
Stir in 2 oz.(1/4 cup) of the sugar.
Make a well in the centre and pour in the yeast liquid, soured cream, orange juice, 5 oz.(2/3 cup) of the butter and the beaten eggs.
Using one hand or a spatula, draw the flour into the liquid and beat until the mixture comes cleanly away from the sides of the bowl.
Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic.
Place in a clean bowl, cover with a damp cloth and leave to rise in a warm place for 1 1/2 hours or until doubled in size.
Knead for 2 minutes on a floured surface, then roll to a 12 inch square.
Brush with the remaining butter.
Combine the dates, orange rind, peel and spices together with the remaining 2 oz.(1/4 cup) of sugar.
Sprinkle evenly over the dough, leaving a 1/2 inch border around the edge.
Roll up as for a Swiss (jelly) roll.
With a sharp knife, cut into 1 1/2 inch slices and place close together, but not quite touching, on a baking sheet.
Put into an oiled polythene (plastic) bag and leave in a warm place for 30-35 minutes until risen and touching.
Remove from the bag.
Bake in a moderately hot oven, 375°F, Gas Mark 5 for 30-35 minutes until golden brown.
Prepare the icing by blending the icing sugar with sufficient orange juice to give a smooth coating consistency.
Coat the warm buns with the icing and leave until cool enough to handle before lifting onto a wire rack.
Allow to cool and separate the buns before serving.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
American
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Bread
Course: 
Fruit Dessert
Interest: 
Everyday

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