My daughter is in a Spanish class that is right up my alley. Every couple weeks they have to experiment by making a new Hispanic dish as part of their homework. We have had so much fun trying new recipes and playing around in the kitchen (could homework get any better than that?). Well, this past week we made a recipe that we all loved! It is a holiday bread that they commonly eat around the holidays and my family loved it to. The bread is infused with lots of orange flavor and then it is glazed with a sugary, orange syrup that becomes sticky and hardens like a crust on the outside of the bread. As you pull apart the bread you get this super delicious orange glaze all over every bite. We had this with hot chocolate for dessert and it was such a fun bread. I could see this made as a dessert or breakfast bread this week. Hope you enjoy this recipe. Feliz Navidad 😉
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- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 1/4 cup warmed milk (microwave for 1 minute)
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 1 1/2 tsp. active dry yeast
- 3 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp. orange zest
- 1 cups sugar
- Zest of 1 orange
- Juice of 1 orange
- Dash salt
- Place the melted butter, warmed milk, water and yeast in a mixing bowl. Mix for 1-2 minutes. Let the mixture rest until the yeast becomes active and bubbles form. Continue to mix the dough while you add the flour, salt, sugar, eggs and orange zest.
- Knead the dough until it starts to pull away from the edges. You may need a little more flour if the dough is too sticky. You want the dough slightly sticky, so don't over flour. Once the dough has come together, let the dough knead for 5 minutes on low speed. Once the dough has been sufficiently kneaded, cover the mixing bowl and let the dough rise in a warm place until doubled in size. This will take about an hour. Pour the dough onto a greased counter top and form into a large ball (I divided the dough in half and rolled into two long snake-like pieces. I then twisted them together and then put the wrapped piece of dough into a circular shape). You can really design your loaf of bread any way you wish 😉 Place the bread onto a greased cookie sheet. Cover with a light-weight towel or saran wrap. Let the dough rise again until doubled in size. When the dough has doubled, place in a preheated oven at 350 degrees. Let the bread bake until golden brown on the top, about 20-25 minutes. While the bread is baking, make the glaze.
- Put the glaze ingredients into a medium size sauce pan. Bring the mixture to a boil and boil for 2-3 minutes, or until the sugar dissolves. Pour some of the glaze on the bottom of your serving plate. Place the warm bread on to the plate. Brush the glaze over the bread loaf as well. Serve this bread warm out of the oven.
- *If you are like me, I always like more food than less. I actually trippled the dough recipe and doubled the glaze recipe. It made two large loaves and was perfect. One recipe portion will make one smaller loaf.