This Cranberry Orange Roll Pull Apart Bread is absolutely delectable. Easier to make than it looks and even easier to eat!
This Cranberry Orange Roll Pull Apart Bread is amazing. It isn't necessarily difficult, but I'll tell you up front that it does require a time commitment, like all recipes in the yeast bread genre.
That being said, I should also state for the record, lest any misunderstandings arise, that I don't really have time to be making elaborate, albeit delicious, dessert breads. I spend a great chunk of time every single day in my minivan - the one that is always demanding gas, desperately needs an oil change, and has recently developed a very nagging squeaky brake problem - shuttling kids around town. Hours, every single day, no exaggeration.
I have an infant, a perfect blond haired blue eyed sweetheart that quit napping in his own bed a month ago (why? WHY? Please tell me why? And if you point me to some wise baby book, I might cry because I tried it already and, well, baby books are stupid). When he gets tired, as babies inevitably do, he settles into the crook of my arm and I muddle through the day one-handed. Turns out there are a lot of things I can actually do with one hand tied behind my back, or holding a 15 pound baby to be precise, but it's more Mr. Bean than Justice League in action.
And, my house is a mess. Not like "Oh, I haven't dusted the bookshelves this week" kind of messy. More like, "Oh, there's a couch buried under that pile of clothes?" Yeah, that kind of messy. I'm not very type A and I don't profess to be a neat-freak even under the best of circumstances, but I really do enjoy a tidied house. So, the problem that arises is that I don't want to do anything else until the house is cleaned. But as soon as one corner is cleaned another mess takes its place and I inevitably find that I've joined sysiphus on the hill . . . but with only one hand.
This is life right now. I'm not complaining, really I'm not. But I can't say I'm accepting these harried, unproductive days right now with complete zen-like patience, or patience at all if I'm being honest. I am, however, trying to remind myself daily (hourly) that this too shall pass.
Schedules will change, babies will grow, and I have to believe that someday the house will be clean again. Knowing this, of course, doesn't make it any easier in the moment. Not at all. I remind myself that all things change not because it makes right now easier, it just makes it possible. I can do this right now because I don't have to do it forever.
"This too shall pass," my mantra these days, is also how I managed to make this Cranberry Orange Roll Pull Apart Bread that I absolutely didn't have time to make. At one point, I was attempting to hold a nursing baby with one hand while pulling the sticky dough out of the mixing bowl with the other hand, which resulted in dough all over the back of the baby, flour all over the floor, and spilled milk when the baby's leg kicked a cup off the counter top. (Comical in the re-telling, but mostly just frustrating in the moment.)
It's hard to make pull apart bread with one hand. But I made it anyway because if the years are going to be short and time is going to pass and all the days come to a close in the end, I want some of them to include Cranberry Orange Rolls.
I delivered these tender, sweet, citrus spiked Cranberry Orange Rolls to my mother on her birthday, and they were the perfect dessert. I didn't really have time, and they weren't easy to make in my current circumstances, but they were completely and totally worth it.
So, for right now, during these magical weeks of December I'm doing my best to ignore the mountain of laundry, push through the driving routine with episodes of Serial on my ipod to keep me company, and cherish the baby in my arms as we focus on the fun items on the to-do list. Cinnamon Rolls and The Nutcracker and Christmas Cookie Deliveries - you know, the important stuff.
I adapted this Cranberry Orange Roll Pull Apart Bread from Pinch of Yum's Homemade Cinnamon Roll Pull Apart Bread, which I've been dying to make ever since I saw it. The recipe makes TWO loaves, which is perfect this time of year for gift giving or holiday parties. And this stuff really couldn't be better!
For as long as I can remember, we've been making Orange Rolls on Christmas morning and I think they are the best variety of cinnamon rolls out there. The cranberries were an afterthought - I used them because I had them in the fridge, but I realized after tasting the first batch of this Cranberry Orange Bread, that it was nothing short of an inspired stroke of genius. The tart cranberries level out the sweetness in the rolls and pair perfectly with the citrus zing. Best of all, the cranberry juices cook down in the oven with the brown sugar and form a layer of delicious, caramelly glaze along the bottom of the bread that is so impossibly good!
Make some time for these Cranberry Orange Rolls - they're worth it. Recipe adapted from Pinch of Yum
For the Filling
For the Glaze
Recipe adapted from Pinch of Yum