As Christmas approaches, we’re all making plans for our own holiday menu items. On our list in the Holladay household is one of our yearly traditions: Orange Cream Cheese Bread. I discovered this recipe many years ago in a Taste of Home magazine and put my own Food Snob spin on it, adding more than the suggested 4 oz of cream cheese, as well as additional sugar, pecans, and butter.

I tweaked it even more when writing Polly The Food Snob Meets Olive Paris, incorporating some of their specialty products. It’s a very versatile recipe that works really well substituting your own favorite flavors: lemon, chocolate, raspberry, etc. But orange is our “go to” year after year.

Not only is it yummy, but it’s also quite easy to make and the presentation is perfect for any special occasion.


Ingredients

2 cans of large buttermilk biscuits
12 ounces cream cheese divided into 16 pieces
1 1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons of orange zest
1 cup of finely chopped pecans
3/4 cup melted butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Open canned biscuits, pull each biscuit apart and stuff with a section of cream cheese. Pinch edges together to seal. Set aside.
  3. Toss together the sugar, orange zest, and pecans.
  4. Dip each biscuit into the melted butter and then dredge in the sugar mixture. Stand each prepared biscuit on its edge, side by side, into a lightly greased Bundt pan. Top with remaining butter and sugar mixture. Bake for 45-55 minutes, until golden brown on top.
  5. During the last few minutes of baking, prepare the orange glaze.

Ingredients for Glaze

1/4-1/3 cup freshly squeezed (or premium bottled) orange juice
2 cups sifted powdered sugar
1 TB butter

Instructions

  1. In a small sauce pan on medium heat, whisk together 1/4 cup of the orange juice and powdered sugar. Add butter and allow to warm throughout, whisking occasionally. Add more orange juice if a thinner glaze is desired.
  2. Once the orange bread is baked, turn it onto your favorite decorative plate and immediately pour the prepared glaze on top. For a more decorative touch, garnish with fresh orange slices, either placed on top or cut slices in half and arranged around the plate. Serve warm.

I hope your family enjoys this as much as we do. Have a blessed Christmas.

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