To celebrate the sixth anniversary of Bread Baking Day, Zorra, the founder and June hostess, called for everyone to bake a glazed bread.
I searched all of my cookbooks and finally found just the right recipe -- Cinnamon-Orange Twists with an Orange Glaze, actually a combination of several recipes
Of course, I waited until the hottest day of the summer to make them. I did start early in the morning, however, so the oven would be off during the worst of the heat in the afternoon.
The dough, itself, was made in the bread machine, then removed, shaped, and baked. While I made just a simple twist, you could stuff them with nuts, toasted coconut, cinnamon sugar, or some other mixture.
Finally, when they were slightly warm to the touch, I drizzled them with an Orange Glaze.
The twists are a nice treat for breakfast or snacks.
I'll be looking forward to the BBD challenges during the remaining six months of 2013. In a few days, we'll also be able to see what the other bread bakers made to celebrated this special anniversay.
Orange Cinnamon Dough
(Adapted from BHG Best Bread Machine Recipes)
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup water
3 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
3 cups bread flour
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons orange zest
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon active dry yeast
Mix all ingredients in the bread machine according to the manufacturer's directions. Use the manual cycle. Remove dough and shape as desired when ready. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 15-18 minutes.
In a small bowl, combine 1 cup sifted powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and enough orange juice to make a glaze of drizzling consistency.
Glaze the twists when they are barely warm to the touch.