Recipe: Orange Blossom

This is a wonderful yeast “cake” that does take a bit of fussing to bring all together! If you enjoy sweet yeast breads/buns and the flavour of oranges this is sure to delight. Also a nice change from the ever present cinnamon buns!

For Dough
1 packet dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1 cup milk (scalded)
1/2 cup butter (or one stick)
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 cups flour
2 eggs (beaten)

For Icing
1 cup powdered sugar (icing sugar)
1/4 cup butter (softened)
2 tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate
(optional 1 tablespoon orange zest)

1) Scald the 1 cup milk in a saucepan (use medium heat and slowly stir until bubbles just form. Remove immediately from heat. Scalding is not boiling the milk and is done to help the yeast do its work!).
2) Place yeast in small bowl with 1/4 cup warm water to soften (at least 5 minutes)
3) While yeast is softening, in a large bowl combine: butter, sugar, salt and scalded milk. This should cool to luke warm temperature!
4) When cool enough stir in 2 cups of flour and the beaten eggs (if the milk is too hot the eggs will cook – so please be patient!). Mix until the batter is smooth and even. Now add some more flour until a soft dough is formed. You may not need to use all the flour!
5) Let rest for 10 minutes!
6) Turn out dough onto a floured surface and knead the dough until smooth and elastic.
7) Place in a bowl and cover with a cloth. Let rise in a warm place (and out of drafts!). The dough will double in volume as the yeast works its magic!
8) Punch the dough down and cover again – let rest for 10 minutes
9) While dough is resting make the icing by combining the icing sugar, butter, and orange juice and mixing until smooth. A nice addition is a tablespoon of orange zest, or a bit of orange marmalade (1/2 cup).
10) Form dough into a”circle” and fit into a tube or bundt pan. (about a 10″ pan)
11) Take a very sharp knife and slice the dough like a cake into serving size slices. Carefully remove the first slice and set it aside – now take each of the next slices and cover both cut sides with the icing. Fit back into the bundt pan, and then prepare the next slice. Finally ice the original slice and fit back into the completed cake.
12) Cover and let rise for about 30 minutes.
13) Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350 F for 40 minutes (top should be golden brown)
14) Remove from oven and allow to cool until warm to touch. Now top the warm Orange Blossom with the rest of the icing. Grab a coffee or your favourite tea and indulge in some orange heaven!


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