What goes good with homemade orange bread? A good bread recipe has been overlooked for some time I must confess, but for this festive Christmas season I have to say, "No more!". Finally, a homemade bread recipe post just in time for the season! 'Til this day I don't know how I forgot to post one. Also, what good is ham on a Trini Christmas morning without freshly made homemade bread.
A Homemade Orange Bread
Most times the bread we bake is plain and without any real character. This time I thought the bread should be special, considering the season is a special one. That is why I am eager to share with you this special bread recipe, one of my favorites, orange bread.
This bread is quite easy to make, and it has a distinctive lemony, orange taste that you can't ignore... well, at least you could try to ignore it lol! I like it because it uplifts the various delicacies added when you make a sandwich with it - be it ham, cheese, sausage, black pudding, jam... pig foot souse... got ya there hahaha 🙂 . I tried the orange bread with some ham and chow chow and Boy! Did it taste delicious!
It is especially wonderful with butter while still hot. Just think about it for a while... you have a half melted, salted butter in between two "cushiony"layers of orange bread slices; the aroma tickles your olfactory nerves preparing you for a wonderful and satisfying "citrusy" experience. Your brain registers a citrus salted butter flavour.... Oh, I could taste it right now as I write.
A Bread Just For Christmas
This bread is what I am making sure to have on the table for breakfast on Christmas day. What bread would you have on your table come Christmas day? A plain run off-the-mill bread or Orange bread? If you would like to try this orange bread, go ahead, scroll down and enjoy the step by step recipe. Here's Orange bread.
Orange Bread Recipe
5 cups all purpose flour, divided
1 ½ tbsp. yeast
3 tbsp. white sugar
1 cup orange juice (from concentrate)
1 cup warm water
1 egg yolk, beaten
2 tbsp. melted butter
1 tsp. grated orange rind
1 tsp salt
Blend the juice, water, sugar, egg, butter, and orange rind.
Combine the 4 cups of flour and yeast. Then sift the flour at yeast twice.
Add 2 cups of the flour into the liquid mixture. Beat well.
Then knead in the next 2 cups of flour.
Note: As much as 1 cup of flour would have to be added to help make a smooth dough. That makes 5 cups in total 🙂
Divide the dough into two and place into 2 (9" or 23 cm) greased baking pans or dishes.
Allow to rest until it doubles in size (about 1 hour)
Brush with melted butter. Bake for about 40 minutes at 350 degrees F or until golden and firm. Then remove from oven and cool before serving.
The finished Orange bread. Deeeelicious!
- Blend the juice, water, sugar, egg, butter, and orange rind.
- Combine the 4 cups of flour and yeast. Then sift the flour at yeast twice.
- Add 2 cups of the flour into the liquid mixture and beat well. Then knead in the next 2 cups of flour. (Note: As much as 1 cup of flour would have to be added to help make a smooth dough. That makes 5 cups in total).
- Divide the dough into two and place into 2 (9" or 23 cm) greased baking pans or dishes.Allow to rest until it doubles in size (about 1 hour)
- Brush with melted butter. Bake for about 40 minutes at 350 degrees F or until golden and firm. Then remove from oven and cool before serving.
So, as you can see, the ball has started rolling and the trini cooking machine is running again. Sorry 'bout the little delay since Divali but life happens and things get in the way. Of course seasoning greetings to one and all. More trini recipes to come.
P.S. I want to thank all my fans who have sent in their requests for more Trini Christmas recipes. I will try to get them all done.
Ah Gone!! 🙂
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