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    Crazy for Coconut: 6 Crave-Worthy Coconut Recipes

    Step into a coconut haven with our plethora of recipes all centered around this irresistible ingredient. Whether sprinkled onto a bun or stirred into a crust, the deliciousness of coconut can’t be denied. 

    Perfumed with coconut extract, swirled with silky whipped cream, and studded with sweetened coconut flakes, this Coconut Skillet Cake is the perfect finale to any meal. The coconut lover in your life is about to be your biggest fan.

    Skoleboller, or school buns, earned their name from the Norwegian tradition of including them in children’s school lunch boxes as a treat.

    The fun name for these large twisted doughnuts supposedly comes from their resemblance to the zig-zag pattern that the big cat’s swinging tail makes. If you’d like to keep the doughnut plain and get your coconut flavor through just the glaze, you can use all whole milk and vanilla extract in the dough.

    This pie isn’t French at all. In fact, it originated in United States port cities like New Orleans, Louisiana, and was first made with ingredients from French Guiana, which is likely how it got its name.

    Sometimes called Hello Dolly Bars (though no one knows why), these nostalgic treats are easy to make and perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up.

    Blending one traditional Southern classic, the cloud-like coconut cake, with blushing stone fruit, this triple-layer cake is an undeniable showstopper. A final coating of toasted coconut flakes brings a dash of color to the typically snowy-white appearance. LEGGI TUTTO

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    Peach-Pecan Quick Bread

    A generous dose of sweet peaches and buttery Schermer Pecans both in the batter and on top keeps the bread moist and crunchy for days after baking. This recipe makes two loaves, so you can enjoy one now and save the other for later or share with a friend! What better way to celebrate National Pecan Month than by baking this stunning bread?
    Founded in 1946, Schermer Pecans takes pride in its pecans, from its trees to your table. When you buy from Schermer Pecans—one of the few family-run companies to grow, shell, and distribute its own pecans—you can be sure you’re getting consistently fresh, quality pecans.
    This spring, Schermer Pecans is giving away one large baker’s box to one lucky winner! When you enter your email, you will receive a free download of one of Schermer’s cookbooks and be automatically entered to win a large baker’s box, filled with three bags of Fancy Pecan Halves and three bags of Medium Pecan Pieces. This baker’s box makes a perfect gift for the baker in your life! Enter the giveaway here!
     Schermer Pecans is also giving Bake from Scratch readers 10% off their first purchase with code FIRST10, so grab a bag or a case of pecans here today!

    Peach-Pecan Quick Bread

    Makes 2 (9×5-inch) loaves

    3 cups (375 grams) all-purpose flour2½ cups (500 grams) granulated sugar2 teaspoons (10 grams) baking powder1½ teaspoons (4.5 grams) kosher salt½ teaspoon (2.5 grams) baking soda1½ cups (360 grams) whole buttermilk, room temperature1 cup (224 grams) vegetable oil3 large eggs (150 grams), room temperature1 teaspoon (4 grams) vanilla extract1½ cups (336 grams) puréed peeled fresh peaches (1 to 2 large peaches)1 cup (113 grams) plus 2 tablespoons (14 grams) toasted chopped Schermer Pecans, divided1 large fresh peach (225 grams), halved, pitted, and sliced ¼ inch thick (peeled if desired)

    Preheat oven to 350° (170°C). Spray 2 (9×5-inch) loaf pans with cooking spray. Line pans with parchment paper, letting excess extend over all sides of pan.In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.In a medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla. Fold buttermilk mixture into flour mixture just until dry ingredients are moistened. Fold in puréed peaches and 1 cup (113 grams) pecans. Divide batter between prepared pans (about 3¾ cups or 1,006 grams each), spreading smooth.Bake for 30 minutes. Place peach slices on top of batter, and sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons (14 grams) pecans. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs, 45 minutes to 1 hour more, loosely covering with foil to prevent excess browning, if necessary. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and let cool completely on wire racks. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days, or tightly wrap in plastic wrap, and freeze for up to 1 month. LEGGI TUTTO

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    Coconut-Orange Tiger Tails

    In the bowl of a stand mixer, stir together ½ cup (120 grams) warm water, 1 tablespoon (12 grams) sugar, and yeast by hand; let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes.Add 2 cups (250 grams) all-purpose flour, whole milk, melted butter, bread flour, coconut milk, eggs, salt, extracts, and remaining 3 tablespoons (36 grams) sugar to yeast mixture; using the paddle attachment, beat at low speed just until combined. Increase mixer speed to medium; beat until well combined, about 1 minute. Add 2 cups (250 grams) all-purpose flour; beat at low speed just until combined. Increase mixer speed to medium; beat until well combined, about 1 minute.Switch to the dough hook attachment. Beat at medium speed just until dough starts to pull away from sides of bowl, 3 to 4 minutes; add up to remaining ¼ cup (31 grams) all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon (8 grams) at a time, if needed. (Dough will still be quite soft and slightly sticky but should not seem excessively wet.)Spray a large bowl with cooking spray. Place dough in bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place (75°F/24°C) until doubled in size, 40 minutes to 1 hour. (Alternatively, cover and refrigerate overnight. When ready to use, proceed as directed.)Place 3 large baking sheets upside down, and spray with cooking spray. Cut 14 (6-inch) squares of parchment paper, and place on prepared pans. Spray parchment with cooking spray. Spray 3 large sheets of plastic wrap with cooking spray.Punch down dough. Lightly dust a work surface with all-purpose flour; turn out dough onto prepared surface, and divide into 14 portions (about 80 grams each). Roll 1 portion of dough into an 18-inch-long log of equal thickness. (Keep remaining dough covered with plastic wrap, spray side down.) Place a finger in center of dough log, and fold log in half crosswise. Twist dough 4 to 5 times to look like a rope, and pinch ends together. Repeat with remaining dough.Gently transfer doughnuts to prepared parchment squares, spacing 2 to 3 inches apart. Cover doughnuts with plastic wrap, spray side down, and let rise in a warm, draft-free place (75°F/24°C) until puffed, 40 minutes to 1 hour.In a large heavy-bottomed saucepan, pour oil to a depth of 2 inches, and heat over medium heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 365°F (185°C).Line 2 large rimmed baking sheets with paper towels.Working in batches, use parchment paper to gently pick up doughnuts and add to oil. (Do not place parchment paper in oil.) Fry until golden brown, about 1 minute per side. Remove doughnuts from oil using a spider strainer, and place on prepared pans. Let cool completely.Line 2 large rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper; place wire racks on top.Dip cooled doughnuts halfway into Coconut-Orange Glaze; lift straight up and gently swirl in a circular motion to let excess drip off. Place doughnuts, glaze side up on prepared rack, and let stand until glaze is set, 20 to 30 minutes. Best served same day as made. LEGGI TUTTO

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    Coconut Skoleboller

    Skoleboller, or school buns, earned their name from the Norwegian tradition of including them in children’s school lunch boxes as a treat.

    Coconut Skoleboller

    Makes 12 buns

    3⅔ cups (458 grams) all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting½ cup (100 grams) granulated sugar1 (0.25-ounce) package (7 grams) active dry yeast*1 teaspoon (3 grams) kosher salt½ teaspoon (1 gram) ground cardamom½ cup (120 grams) warm whole milk (120°F/49°C to 130°F/54°C)½ cup (120 grams) warm canned unsweetened coconut milk (120°F/49°C to 130°F/54°C)2 large eggs (100 grams), room temperature and divided⅓ cup (76 grams) unsalted butter, cubed and softenedCoconut Pastry Cream (recipe follows)1 cup (120 grams) confectioners’ sugar2 tablespoons (30 grams) water, room temperatureGarnish: sweetened coconut flakes

    In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine 2 cups (250 grams) flour, granulated sugar, yeast, salt, and cardamom. Add warm milks, and beat at low speed until combined. Add 1 egg (50 grams), and beat until combined. Gradually add remaining 1⅔ cups (208 grams) flour, beating just until dough comes together and stopping to scrape sides of bowl.Switch to the dough hook attachment. With mixer on low speed, add butter, one cube at a time, beating until combined after each addition. Beat until dough is elastic and smooth, 8 to 10 minutes.Spray a large bowl with cooking spray. Place dough in bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place (75°F/24°C) until doubled in size, 2 to 2½ hours. (Alternatively, cover and refrigerate dough overnight. Let it come to room temperature and then let rise in a warm, draft-free place [75°F/24°C] until doubled in size, 2 to 2½ hours, before proceeding.)Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Spray 2 large sheets of plastic wrap with cooking spray.Lightly punch down dough. Cover and let stand for 10 to 15 minutes. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface, and divide into 12 portions (about 74 grams each). Using the palm of your hands, gently shape each portion into a round, smooth ball, lightly flouring your hands as needed. Place 3 to 4 inches apart on prepared pans. Cover with plastic wrap, spray side down, and let rise in a warm, draft-free place (75°F/24°C) until doubled in size, 1½ to 2 hours.Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).Place Coconut Pastry Cream in a pastry bag fitted with a medium round piping tip.Using your fingers or a ¼-cup measuring cup, gently press an indentation into center of each bun. Pipe pastry cream into indentations. (Do not overfill; pastry cream will expand during baking.)In a small bowl, whisk remaining 1 egg (50 grams) until well combined. Using a pastry brush, brush egg all over top and sides of dough, avoiding pastry cream.Bake until golden brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted near center registers 190°F (88°C), 9 to 11 minutes. Let cool completely on pans on wire racks.In another small bowl, whisk together confectioners’ sugar and 2 tablespoons (30 grams) room temperature water until well combined. Using a pastry brush, brush glaze on sides of buns, and immediately garnish with coconut flakes, if desired. Serve immediately. Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 3 days.

    *We used Red Star Active Dry Yeast.
    pro tip
    Give your can of coconut milk a good shake before you open it since it naturally separates a bit.

    Coconut Pastry Cream

    Makes 2 cups

    1 cup (240 grams) whole milk½ cup (120 grams) unsweetened coconut milk½ cup (100 grams) granulated sugar, divided4 large egg yolks (74 grams)3¼ tablespoons (26 grams) cornstarch⅛ teaspoon kosher salt1½ teaspoons (6 grams) vanilla extract⅛ teaspoon coconut extract2 tablespoons (28 grams) unsalted butter, softened

    In a medium saucepan, heat milks and ¼ cup (50 grams) sugar over medium heat, whisking frequently, until steaming. (Do not boil.)In a medium bowl, whisk together egg yolks, cornstarch, salt, and remaining ¼ cup (50 grams) sugar. Slowly add warm milk mixture, whisking constantly. Pour mixture into saucepan; cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until thickened and boiling, 4 to 5 minutes. Whisk in extracts.Strain mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl. Whisk in butter until melted and well combined. Cover with a piece of plastic wrap, pressing wrap directly onto surface of pastry cream to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate until an instant-read thermometer registers 65°F (18°C) to 70°F (21°C), 2½ to 3 hours. LEGGI TUTTO

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    Summer Tomato-and-Cheese Tarts

    For dough: In a medium saucepan, heat milk, ½ cup (120 grams) water, and butter over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until butter is melted and an instant-read thermometer registers 120°F (49°C) to 130°F (54°C).Place warm milk mixture and egg in Ankarsrum Assistent Original Mixer bowl with roller and dough knife attached. With roller resting on rim of bowl, mix on medium speed (3 o’clock) until combined.In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, kosher salt, and yeast. Reduce mixer speed to lowest setting (12 o’ clock), and gradually add flour mixture. Increase mixer speed to medium-low (2 to 3 o’clock), and mix just until a dough forms. Adjust arm to about 1 inch from side of bowl; set speed to medium-low (2 to 3 o’clock), and set timer for 10 to 12 minutes. Dough will be soft, smooth, and elastic when ready.Turn out dough onto a clean surface; knead 3 to 4 times, and shape into a smooth round.Oil a large bowl. Place dough in bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place (75°F/24°C) until doubled in size, about 1 hour.Lightly punch down dough. Cover and let stand for 10 minutes. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.Turn out dough onto a very lightly floured surface, and roll into a 16×12-inch rectangle. Cut dough into 12 (4-inch) squares; place squares about 2 inches apart on prepared pans. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place (75°F/24°C) until puffed, 30 to 45 minutes.Meanwhile, for topping: Place tomato slices on several layers of paper towels; lightly sprinkle kosher salt on both sides of tomatoes. Let stand for 45 minutes. Gently brush off excess salt and blot dry with paper towels.Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).Using a ½-cup dry-measuring cup dipped in flour, firmly press a 3-inch-wide indentation in center of each dough piece. Prick indentations with a fork 4 to 5 times. Brush dough pieces with 2 tablespoons (28 grams) oil.Divide each burrata ball in half. Crumble or tear 1 portion of cheese into each indentation.In another medium bowl, stir together tomato slices, garlic, red pepper, and remaining 2 tablespoons (28 grams) oil; spoon mixture onto cheese on each dough piece.Bake until lightly browned, 12 to 15 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking. Garnish with basil and sea salt, if desired. Serve warm. LEGGI TUTTO

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    7 Lemon Poppy Seed Recipes to Bake Now

    Step into a world of zesty delight with our collection of lemon poppy seed recipes. From cakes and cookies to bread and scones, enjoy these endlessly snackable creations. 

    We used the reverse creaming method to create a cake batter that bakes up nice and level with a delicate crumb to absorb every drop of the lemon curd between its layers.

    These soft, cake-like cookies stay moist for days thanks to a buttery dough that’s enriched with creamy ricotta cheese. Refrigerating the dough firms it up for easier scooping.

    Using candied fruits to decorate is a simple, easy way to elevate the look of your cakes as well as add another layer of texture in every bite.

    Poppy seeds are the traditional filling of these cookies, which are associated with the Jewish holiday Purim. The name refers to the villain of the Purim story, Haman.

    The delicate crunch of the streusel topping gives way to an aromatic, soft crumb. With added texture from the poppy seeds, you won’t be able to get enough of this Lemon-Poppy Seed Streusel Bread loaf. It’s great for breakfast, brunch, dessert, or an anytime treat.

    This Lemon Poppy Seed Coffee Cake is summer’s sweetest wake-up call. Buttermilk in the batter gives this one-layer wonder a cakey crumb that contrasts beautifully with the crunchy streusel topping.  LEGGI TUTTO

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    Lemon-Poppy Seed Streusel Bread

    The delicate crunch of the streusel topping gives way to an aromatic, soft crumb. With added texture from the poppy seeds, you won’t be able to get enough of this Lemon-Poppy Seed Streusel Bread loaf. It’s great for breakfast, brunch, dessert, or an anytime treat.

    Lemon-Poppy Seed Streusel Bread

    Makes 1 (8½x4½-inch) loaf

    Streusel:¼ cup (31 grams) all-purpose flour2 teaspoons (8 grams) granulated sugar1 teaspoon (3 grams) poppy seeds1½ tablespoons (21 grams) cold unsalted butterBatter:1¼ cups (250 grams) granulated sugar3 tablespoons (9 grams) lemon zest½ cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, softened3 large eggs (150 grams), room temperature½ teaspoon (2 grams) vanilla extract2¼ cups (281 grams) all-purpose flour1½ tablespoons (13.5 grams) poppy seeds2 teaspoons (10 grams) baking powder½ teaspoon (1.5 grams) kosher salt½ cup (120 grams) whole buttermilk, room temperature2 tablespoons (30 grams) fresh lemon juice

    For streusel: In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, and poppy seeds. Using a pastry cutter or 2 forks, cut in cold butter until incorporated and mixture is crumbly. Refrigerate until ready to use, at least 30 minutes.Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Spray an 8½x4½- inch loaf pan with baking spray with flour. Line pan with parchment paper, letting excess extend over all sides of pan.For batter: In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together sugar and lemon zest by hand until sugar is fragrant. Add butter; using the paddle attachment, beat at medium speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes, stopping to scrape bottom and sides of bowl. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition and stopping to scrape sides of bowl. Beat in vanilla.In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, poppy seeds, baking powder, and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk and lemon juice. With mixer on low speed, gradually add flour mixture to sugar mixture alternately with buttermilk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture, beating just until combined after each addition. Spread batter into prepared pan. Firmly tap pan on a kitchen towel-lined counter to settle batter. Top batter with streusel.Bake for 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F (180°C), and bake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs and an instant-read thermometer inserted in center registers at least 205°F (96°C), 50 to 55 minutes more. Let cool in pan for 15 minutes. Remove from pan, and let cool completely on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days. LEGGI TUTTO

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    Orange Bubble Bread

    Orange Bubble Bread will be the latest and greatest addition to your brunch menu. This yeasted pull-apart loaf is infused with a triple dose of zesty orange flavor.

    Here’s something different for your breakfast or brunch lineup. Orange Bubble Bread. It’s a yeasty loaf of pull-apart bread ‘bubbles’ made of orange sugar-coated dough. I first saw this recipe in an old Cooking Light ‘Best Of‘ cookbook. It was formulated for use in a bread machine. Because I don’t have the counterspace or room in my cabinets to store a bread machine, this recipe sat bookmarked for about 8 years. As I’ve searched for new spring recipes with bright flavors, this bread came to mind. I decided it was time to re-work the recipe sans bread machine.
    Honestly, I don’t know why I waited so long! It wasn’t that hard to figure out following the basics of blooming yeast and mixing dough. Because of its interactive pull-apart nature, it’s perfect for informal get-togethers where sticky fingers and hands-on enjoyment are all part of the fun. (Such as a lazy Sunday brunch with friends and family.) And it’s so deliciously soft and yeasty! In the words of my BFF “It tastes like an orange sugar doughnut!”.

    What is Bubble Bread?
    Bubble bread, much like its cousin monkey bread, is a sweet yeasted loaf that’s baked to golden brown perfection in a tube or bundt pan. It’s composed of small pieces of dough rolled into balls. Which creates a bubbled look when baked. Each dough ball is rolled in melted butter and coated in a flavorful orange sugar mixture. The baked loaf is covered with a simple orange confectioners’ glaze while still warm. Speaking of, it’s best served warm, because that’s when it’s at peak flavor and soft texture.

    Make the Yeast Dough
    Bloom the yeast in a mixture of warm milk, water, melted butter, and a touch of sugar. This creates the perfect environment for the yeast to activate and work its magic. Once frothy, add in additional sugar, eggs, flour, and a generous amount of orange zest for that citrusy punch. I used my stand mixer and dough hook, but if you prefer the therapeutic act of kneading by hand, then that works too. Knead until the dough is soft yet elastic.

    Shape the Dough
    Divide the dough into 24 equally sized pieces. Then, roll each piece into a ball (see video for technique). I will admit, not all of my dough balls were exactly even. But everything turned out alright in the end. (No perfectionism necessary!) Cover the dough balls in plastic wrap so they don’t dry out.

    Make the Orange Sugar Coating
    The signature flavor of Orange Bubble Bread comes from its irresistible orange sugar coating. Mix together freshly grated orange zest with sugar until thoroughly combined. Large navel oranges are ideal for this recipe, because they provide ample skins for zesting. But you can use whatever orange variety you have on hand. Rub the zest into the sugar using your fingertips to really disperse the orange oil into the sugar. It smells so good! Just like aromatherapy in the kitchen.

    Coat the Dough Balls in Orange Sugar
    One by one, dip each dough ball in melted butter. Then dip it into the orange sugar mixture. This double-dipping ensures that the sugar sticks to the dough. The result is a caramelized, golden exterior once baked. Arrange the coated dough balls snugly in the tube pan or bundt pan. I used an 8-inch angel food cake pan but you can also use a bundt pan. If using a bundt pan, then choose one without a lot of detail. A plain fluted one will work just fine.

    Rise and Bake
    Cover the pan with plastic wrap. Allow the assembled dough balls to rise until doubled in size. Then, bake at 350°F for 40-45 minutes, or until the bread is golden brown and an instant-read thermometer registers 190°F for the internal temperature.

    Make the Orange Glaze
    In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar, freshly squeezed orange juice, and more orange zest. Whisk together until well combined. Drizzle the warm loaf with the glaze, allowing it to seep into every crevice. Use a pastry brush to coat the entire bread loaf with the orange glaze.

    Serving Suggestions
    Once glazed you can pick off individual dough pieces for bite-sized treats. Or you can cut the bread into slices. Here are some ways I like to enjoy this bread:

    Breakfast: Serve warmed pieces of Orange Bubble Bread alongside a cup of freshly brewed coffee or a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. Pair it with scrambled eggs and crispy bacon for a bountiful and satisfying breakfast. My husband loves a slice covered with salted butter and drizzled with honey for both breakfast and dessert.
    Brunch: Serve the loaf as the table centerpiece alongside savory fare. It’s something sweet to offer instead of waffles or cinnamon rolls. You can also arrange slices on a platter alongside assorted jams and jellies (and of course, marmalade!) Complement the citrusy flavors with a pitcher of mimosas or a refreshing citrus salad.
    Dessert: For a decadent dessert, serve slices of Orange Bubble Bread warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The contrast of warm, citrus-infused bread with cold ice cream is SO GOOD!

    We’ve really enjoyed eating this bread for practically every meal! Breakfast and dessert especially, but also whenever we’ve craved a sweet bite. I’m almost certain it will be making an appearance later this year, when winter citrus is at its most sparkling. But for now, it’s a real contender for Mother’s Day brunch!

    Related recipe: Pepperoni Pizza Monkey Bread

    Orange Bubble Bread

    Heather Baird

    This Orange Bubble Bread is bursting with citrus flavor, and it’s bound to become your new favorite brunch addition. Baked to golden perfection and drizzled with a zesty orange glaze, this sweet yeasted bread is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dessert. It can be eaten as pull-apart bread or you can slice it into pieces. This recipe requires lots of orange zest! Purchase 3 large navel oranges to cover all of your zest and juice requirements for this bread. If available, choose unwaxed organic oranges. Use a microplane grater or the smallest holes on a box grater to get the finest shreds of orange zest for this recipe.

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    Prep Time 30 minutes minsCook Time 40 minutes mins90 minutes rise time 1 hour hr 30 minutes minsTotal Time 2 hours hrs 40 minutes mins

    Course Bread, Breakfast, BrunchCuisine American

    Servings 12

    Equipment8 or 9 inch nonstick tube pan or bundt pan
    Ingredients US CustomaryMetric Bloomed yeast mixture1 cup whole milk1/4 cup water4 tablespoons unsalted butter1 tablespoon granulated sugar2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeastYeast dough1 large egg1/2 cup granulated sugar1 teaspoon fine grain sea salt1 tablespoons grated orange zest4 cups all-purpose flourOrange sugar coating1/2 cup granulated sugar1 tablespoon grated orange zest1/4 cup unsalted butter meltedOrange glaze1 cup powdered sugar3 tablespoons orange juice freshly squeezed2 teaspoons grated orange zest
    Instructions Bloomed yeast mixturePlace the milk, water, and butter in a small saucepan and heat until melted. Let cool to 110°-115°F. Pour the mixture into the large bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the granulated sugar and stir with a spoon to combine. Stir in the yeast. Let stand until bloomed and foamy, 5-7 minutes.Yeast doughTo the bloomed yeast mixture, add the egg, sugar, and salt. Mix until combined. Mix in the orange zest. Add half of the flour and stir with the paddle attachment to form shaggy dough. Add about 1/2 cup flour more to the bowl and switch to the dough hook. Knead until the dough is consistent and elastic. If dough is lax and very sticky, add more flour a little at a time. You may not need to use all of the flour. Knead for 5 minutes. The dough should be soft and elastic, and just a little sticky. Place the dough into a greased bowl and turn over to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.Deflate dough and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Cut into 24 even pieces. (To do this, I shape the dough into a round disk, and then cut into four pieces. Cut each quarter in half, and then each half into 3 pieces for 24 portions. See video for technique.) Roll each dough piece under a cupped hand into balls; cover dough with plastic wrap so the balls don’t dry out.Orange sugar coatingIn a medium bowl, combine the granulated sugar and orange zest. Mix well using your fingertips to rub the zest into the sugar. The sugar should turn orange from the orange oil in the zest.Grease an 8 or 9-inch nonstick tube pan or bundt pan with cooking spray.Place the bowl of melted butter in close proximity to the bowl of orange sugar. Dip each dough ball first into the melted butter, then into the orange sugar. Roll until the ball is coated and transfer to a greased tube pan. Repeat the process, arranging the balls in an even layer in the bottom of the pan, and then arranging a ring of dough balls on top of the first layer. Cover and let rise in a warm place free from drafts, about 45 minutes, or until doubled in size.Preheat the oven to 350°F.Bake the bread for 40-50 minutes, or until golden brown. You can check done-ness with an instant read thermometer, which registers an internal temperature of 190°F when cooked through. Keep in mind that baking times will vary according to the size pan you use. Using an 8-inch pan will take closer to 50 minutes, whereas a 9-inch bundt pan will bake slightly quicker.Cool in the pan 5 minutes. Turn the bread out of the pan and then stand it back upright. Cool 15 minutes.Orange glazeCombine the powdered sugar, orange juice, and orange zest in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Pour the glaze over the warm bread. Brush excess glaze over the outside of the bread using a pastry brush. Serve the bread warm. See notes for re-heating instructions.
    NotesWhat to expect: This bread has an orange zest-speckled interior that is soft and lightly sweet. The exterior has a caramelized orange sugar coating. The entire loaf is glazed with a zesty orange glaze made with orange juice and orange zest. It’s a bright-tasting loaf that makes a wonderful breakfast or brunch. Serve it warm for best flavor and texture.
    Baking Pan: If you use an angel food cake pan with a removable bottom as I did, place the pan on a parchment-covered baking sheet and bake the bread on the baking sheet. This will catch any oil or sugar that may seep out (this was minimal). A better choice is a standard-size 9-inch nonstick bundt pan. The bread can also be baked in one even layer in a 10-inch round cake pan, however the baking time will be much reduced (30-35 minutes).
    Reheating Instructions
    Microwave Method: Place individual slices of Orange Bubble Bread on a microwave-safe plate and cover them loosely with a damp paper towel. Microwave on high for 20-30 seconds, or until warmed through. Be careful not to overheat, as this can make the bread tough or dry.
    Oven Method: For larger portions or the entire loaf, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Wrap the bread loosely in aluminum foil to prevent it from drying out and place it on a baking sheet. Heat in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until warmed through. This method ensures even heating and helps to retain moisture.

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