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Orange-Hazelnut Breakfast Twists

These buttery spirals won a Blue Ribbon at Oregon's State Fair. Friends always ask for more when I bring these to church gatherings. They add a merry note to Christmas morning!
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    22 rolls


  • 3-3/4 to 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup mashed potato flakes
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce) quick-rise yeast
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup ground hazelnuts or walnuts
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup sour cream


  • In a large bowl, combine 3 cups flour, potato flakes, sugar, yeast, orange zest and salt. In a saucepan, heat milk, butter, sour cream and water to 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat just until blended. Beat in eggs until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 3 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 25 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, for filling, combine confectioners' sugar and butter in a bowl. Stir in hazelnuts. For glaze, in a saucepan, bring sugar, orange juice and butter to a boil. Boil for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat; let stand for 10 minutes. Stir in sour cream; set aside.
  • Punch dough down; turn onto a lightly flour surface. With a long side facing you, roll into a 22x12-in. rectangle. Spread filling over bottom half of dough. Fold dough over filling; seal edges. Cut into 22 strips, 1 in. each. Twist each strip 4-5 times. Shape strips into a circle and pinch ends to seal. Place in greased 15x10x1-in. baking pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 25 minutes. Bake 375° for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Immediately drizzle with glaze.

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