Oozy, goozy, sticky sweetness. That’s what this treat is. Tender folds of orange doughy goodness, with a hint of cinnamon and vanilla. OHMERGAWWWD. Besides the fact that this is absolutely delicious, it’s fun to eat too. You pull apart the layers one by one, pop them into your mouth….ya say mm-m-m-mmmm and go for the next layer. Seriously this is good stuff. I’ve made this with lemon, orange, cinnamon-butter. All are good. But this orange is my favorite. It’s been awhile since I made this. I can’t believe I haven’t posted it until now.
I used my basic cinnamon roll dough. You can use the frozen Bridgeford bread dough, if you are not into making doughs. It works fine, but of course homemade dough is best. Use your favorite cinnamon roll dough recipe, or use mine. You can even make this in muffin tins. That’s fun too.
Orange Pull Apart Loaf
1 cup whole milk
2 tablespoons of butter
3 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 envelope of rapid rise yeast
1 tsp salt
1 tblsp. orange zest
1 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
heat the milk and butter just until the butter melts. Should be just warm. NOT TOO HOT or you will kill your yeast. Killing is not nice. Pour into a standing mixer with a paddle attachment. Add 1 cup of the flour, sugar, yeast and salt. Beat on low for 3 minutes, scraping sides of your bowl. Add 2 1/2 cups of flour. Beat on low till flour is all incorporated and your dough is sticky. If it’s too sticky, add 1 tablespoon of flour at a time until the dough starts to form a ball and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. MAKE SURE DOUGH IS NOT TOO STIFF. Turn dough onto a floured surface. Knead it until it’s smooth and stretchy like for about 7 minutes. It’s a good workout! Whew! Form into a smooth ball. Lightly butter a bowl and plop your ball into it. Move it around so it’s coated with butter. Cover with plastic wrap and then put a clean towel over it. Let it double in size in a draft free place, about 2 hours. In the mean time, mix up your filling.
Remove dough from bowl and place it on a floured surface. Roll out to about 12″ x 16″. Mix together the ingredients for the filling. Gently spread it all over your dough. Cut 4″ squares of dough. Lightly grease a loaf pan. If you don’t have a loaf pan, use a cake pan. If you use a cake pan, cut your dough squares 3″ x 3″. Place your squares of dough into the loaf pan, placing some with the corners up. (makes it prettier) Don’t press them tightly together. Cover with a loose towel and let it set for about 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 and bake loaf for about 25 minutes. I tend to under bake these since I like a bit of doughy-ness.
Allow to set about 20 minutes. Carefully remove from pan and drizzle with glaze (below)
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tblsp. orange zest
orange juice (just enough to get the consistency you like)