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.
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
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Open canned biscuits, pull each biscuit apart and stuff with a section of cream cheese. Pinch edges together to seal. Set aside.
- Toss together the sugar, orange zest, and pecans.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.