Prep 1 hr
Cook 30 mins
- 3 -3 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 1⁄4 teaspoons yeast (1 package)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 cup butter or 1⁄2 cup margarine
- 1⁄4 cup water
- 1⁄4 cup milk
- 2 eggs, at room temperature
- 1 cup pitted dates, finely snipped
- 1⁄2 cup finely chopped pecans or 1⁄2 cup walnuts, toasted
- 1⁄3 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons finely grated orange rind
SWEET ORANGE ICING
- 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
- 3 -4 teaspoons orange juice
- In large bowl, stir together 3/4 cup flour, sugar, undissolved yeast and salt.
- Heat butter, water and milk until hot to touch (120 to 130 degrees F).
- Gradually add to dry ingredients; beat 2 minutes at medium speed of electric mixer, scraping bowl occasionally.
- Add eggs and 1/2 cup flour; beat at high speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally.
- With spoon, stir in enough additional flour to make stiff dough.
- Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 4 to 5 minutes.
- Cover; let rest 10 minutes.
- Prepare Orange-Date Filling: In small bowl, combine 1 cup pitted dates, finely snipped, 1/2 cup finely chopped, toasted pecans or walnuts, 1/3 cup packed brown sugar and 2 teaspoons finely grated orange peel.
- On lightly floured surface, roll dough to 9 × 30-inch rectangle.
- Spread filling to within 1/2-inch of edges.
- Beginning at long end, roll up tightly as for jelly roll; pinch seam to seal.
- With sharp knife, cut roll in half lengthwise; carefully turn halves so that cut sides face up.
- Twist halves around each other, keeping cut sides up so filling is visible.
- Transfer to greased baking sheet.
- Shape into ring and pinch ends to seal.
- Cover; let rise in warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes or until done.
- Remove from baking sheet; cool on wire rack.
- If desired, frost top of wreath (see below).
- Sweet Orange Icing: In small bowl, combine 1 cup sifted powdered sugar and 3 to 4 teaspoons orange juice.
- Beat until smooth.
I'd like to give 4 1/2 stars to this recipe, because the bread it makes is very good. My only problem came up when I tried to form the bread into a ring as described. I did have some misgivings about the whole idea, but it seemed straightforward at the onset. Fill and roll up dough, slice lengthwise, turn up to show filling. What happened was that the filling started to fall out when the dough was sliced - it's only chopped dates, walnuts, orange zest and sugar, no binding - and threated to fall out even more when I tried to manipulate it. I had to give up the idea of making a wreath, and just rolled up and sliced the already sliced pieces to make big, rather messy cinnamon roll shapes. Anyway, the rolls are very good. I'm not much of a fan of sweet icing, and since the wreath was impossible, I didn't bother to make the icing. It's very nice bread, but the presentation as written is not possible for me. Maybe someone who is more artsy crafty could try this and succeed?