Bits and Bobs
9 tbs unsalted butter, room temp (1 whole stick plus 1 tbs)
1 tbs + 1 tsp dried lavender buds, roughly chopped
1 whole orange, zest
4 tbs sugar
4 tbs brown sugar
1 honey pizza dough (recipe here)
For the glaze:
1 ½ cups powdered sugar
3 tbs orange juice
½ orange, zest
At least one day before you plan to bake these buns, prepare the Orange Lavender Butter. Cream together the room temp butter with the orange zest, chopped flower buds, and one tablespoon each of the regular sugar and brown sugar. I found the lavender buds in the spice bin section at Whole Foods. Scoop the soft butter onto a sheet of plastic wrap and roll tightly into a log. Refrigerate at least overnight and up to 3 days. You will want to remove from fridge and return to room temp before baking. The pizza dough can also be prepared and refrigerated the day before.
Preheat oven to 375°F and lightly grease a cast iron skillet or 9 inch cake pan with a little butter or non-stick cooking spray.
On a floured surface, roll the dough out to a rectangle about 1/8 inch thick (roughly 12in x 9in). Spread the soft Orange Lavender Butter all over the dough in an even layer. Mix together the remaining 3 tbs of the white sugar and 3 tbs of the brown sugar, and sprinkle all over the buttered dough.
Starting from the edge farthest away from you, roll the dough inward and toward yourself. Press the seam down gently to ensure the roll is sealed and trim off the two ugly ends. Cut the log in half, then each of those halves in half and repeat until you have 8 buns. Place each of the buns in the greased pan leaving about an inch between each. Cover the pan with a kitchen towel and allow the dough to rest and rise for about 30 minutes.
Once the dough has risen slightly, sprinkle the tops with a little more white sugar and bake in the preheated oven for 27-30 mins, or until the edges are a nice golden brown. NOTE: If you notice some of the butter pooling in the pan, you can drain off the excess part way through the cook time, then continue baking.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan while you make the glaze. Whisk together the powdered sugar, orange juice, and zest. Remove the slightly cooled buns from the pan and pour as much or as little of the glaze as you like.