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Orange Cinnamon Bread

 Orange Cinnamon Bread
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.
32 ServingsPrep: 35 min. + rising Bake: 35 min.

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Punch dough down; divide in half. Roll each portion into a 15-in. x

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Orange Cinnamon Bread (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 7-in. rectangle. Brush with water. Combine cinnamon and remaining
  • sugar; sprinkle over dough to within 1 in. of edge.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 142 calories, 1 g fat (trace saturated fat), 8 mg cholesterol, 117 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.