Orange Twists

These are fantastic made with salted Kerrygold Irish butter! It works to make up the full recipe of sweet dough but use only half at a time, refrigerating the other portion for a few days. If using half the dough, roll out to an 18x9-inch rectangle and cut into 9 rolls. Also works well with a nut filling: grind 4 ounces of nuts and add to ¼ cup sugar. Half of the dough also works perfectly with the King Arthur Flour bun pan. Roll into a 16x8-inch rectangle, add filling, roll, and cut into 6 slices. Let rise 45-60 minutes, and brush with egg wash. Bake at 375°F for about 16 minutes (I raise the rack up one from where I usually have it so the bottoms don’t burn), tenting with foil if browning too quickly. This also works well with apricot lekvar as a filling; in that case I twist the buns as I do the cardamom buns.


  • 1 recipe Basic Sweet Dough
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange peel/zest
  • 1 egg beaten


  1. Roll out dough to 18x12-inch rectangle. Brush with butter.
  2. Combine sugar and peel; sprinkle over dough.
  3. Fold ⅓ of dough along 18-inch side over center. Fold other side to overlap. Press down lightly, and cut into 1-inch strips.
  4. Twist each strip twice; place on greased cookie sheets.
  5. Cover; let rise in warm place until light and doubled in size, 45 to 60 minutes. Brush with beaten egg.
  6. Bake at 375°F for 15-18 minutes, or until golden brown.
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