Orange Cinnamon Bread Recipe
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Orange Cinnamon Bread Recipe

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Instead of wrapping up presents to give at Christmas, I customarily knead them. This citrusy cinnamon bread is a hit with anyone who has a sweet tooth. You can also make a loaf that's terrific for toasting by eliminating the glaze.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + rising Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:32 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + rising Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 32 servings


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 egg
  • 6-1/2 to 7 cups all-purpose flour
  • Additional water
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 142 calories, 1g fat (0g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 117mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein .


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. In a saucepan, heat milk and orange juice to 110°, add to yeast mixture. Stir in 1/2 cup sugar, orange peel, salt, egg and 3 cups flour; beat until smooth. Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch dough down; divide in half. Roll each portion into a 15-in. x 7-in. rectangle. Brush with water. Combine cinnamon and remaining sugar; sprinkle over dough to within 1 in. of edge.
  4. Tightly roll up, jelly-roll style, starting with a short side; seal ends. Place seam side down into two greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  5. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to cool on a wire rack. Combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over bread. Yield: 2 loaves.
Originally published as Orange Cinnamon Bread in Country Woman Christmas Annual 1998, p18

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kjv1611_girl 52278
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2011

"Best recipie ever, It turns out great every time. I make double the icing and spread it on each slice. Best tasting bread you will ever taste!"

Sprowl 52276
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2011

"I have been making this recipe for years since it was first published in TOH magazine.

My family just loves it. I use fresh oranges from our orange tree. Do try this!"

BrendainPa 32076
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2008

"Try some of this excellent bread in the Orange-Cinnamon French Toast recipe (TOH). SOOOO good!"

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