Fresh-from-the-oven cinnamon rolls

  (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times / April 26, 2013)



Whole wheat cinnamon rolls

Total time: About 1 hour, plus rising time

Servings: Makes 1 dozen rolls

1 cup buttermilk plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk, at room temperature

Zest of 1 orange

2 eggs, at room temperature

2 cups (9 ounces) whole wheat flour

2 cups (8.5 ounces) and 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, divided, plus extra as needed

1/4 cup sugar

2 (1/4-ounce) packages active dry yeast

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

2 tablespoons plus 3/8 teaspoon cinnamon, divided

Kosher salt

6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) softened butter, cut into cubes, plus 6 tablespoons melted butter, divided

1 cup brown sugar

2 cups confectioners sugar, sifted

1 tablespoon orange juice

4 tablespoons milk

1. In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, orange zest and eggs. Set aside.