Orange Glazed Almond Bread

Sweet bread with subtle orange and slivered almonds glaze !

About This Recipe:
  • braided sweet bread
  • egg washed for crispy outsides with soft insides
  • silvered almonds on-top
  • orange zest inside and on-top
  • slightly sweet but not too sweet!

The Method

Firstly, the dough is made all in one large bowl then set to rest. Mixed together are all the dry ingredients; then the melted butter and milk are added along with the egg and orange zest until a dough ball appears.

after only a brief 10 mins of resting, the dough is kneaded, then braided to be rested for 1 hour.

Next egg washed and baked for 30-35 mins at 350 Degrees F and it is complete!

Lastly, is the sweet glaze and slivered almonds to finish off the lovely sweet bread

The recipe:

Prep timeBake timeRise time
25 mins35 mins70 mins
one large ~1o inch loft

Orange & Almond glazed Braided Bread

Ingredients:

The Bread

  • 3-1/2 to 3-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 (2-1/4 tsp.) Quick Rise Yeast
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter OR margarine sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 1 egg
  • zest of one large orange
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract (optional)

Glaze

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • Juice of 1 large orange
  • 1-3/4 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • Sliced almonds for garnish

Procedure:

In a large bowl (keep in mind this is the one the dough will rise in) combine 2 cups of the flour with the yeast sugar and salt. In a saucepan or microwave heat the milk and the butter until quite warm, almost hot to the touch. Pour over the mixture and add the egg; mix for 3-5 mins then add the orange zest. Add the remaining flour until a soft dough like ball forms.

Next, knead the dough for 5-7 mins until elastic and not too sticky.

Let the dough sit back in the bowl for 15 mins with a cover ontop.

Once 15 mins is up; separate the ball of dough into three long rectangles strands and braid. Let rise on a baking sheet that is parchment lined with the towel overtop for 1 hour.

Gently brush with an egg wash and Bake at 350 Degrees F for 30-35 mins.

Meanwhile, make the glaze!

For the glaze just mix all the ingredients together by whisk or fork and drizzle over the lovely warm bread once it is out of the oven!

Add slivered almonds, more glaze, slice and enjoy!

Happy Baking!

Easter Brownies: mini egg topped

Rich chocolate brownies with little surprises in each bite!
About this Recipe:
  • Rich chocolate brownies
  • topped with mini eggs just after pulled out of the oven
  • cake-like but almost fudgey consistency
  • even inside, nicely cracked crust on-top
  • makes one 9×13 inch pan *in pictures the recipe is halved*
The Method:
  • Firstly the flour, baking powder, and salt are sifted then set aside.
  • The remainder is on the stovetop.
  • Firstly in a large saucepan the butter is melted completely and the cocoa is added.
  • once no clumps of cocoa appear in the melted butter, the sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract are added,
  • *be sure to use a whisk for stirring and let cool before eggs are added to ensure there are no scrambled eggs!*
  • lastly the flour gets added to the saucepan with the chocolate mixture and stirred until no lumps of flour are present.
  • poured into the pan and baked , topped with mini eggs and ready to devour!

A little surprise in every bite

A Couple Quick Tips for Success

Make sure to prepare the batter on the stovetop on very low heat!

Constant stirring to ensure no burning inside saucepan

Do not put any mini eggs in the batter (they won’t bake well) just add them on-top after. Plus they are sweet enough! few eggs per slice will be enough!

The Recipe:

Easter Brownies: mini egg topped

Prep timeBake timeTotal time
15 mins~30 mins~45 mins
one 9×13 inch pan

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/3 cups all purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter *melted
  • 1 cup fry’s 
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Procedure:

Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F and line a 9×13 inch pan with parchment or butter the insides.

In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

The remainder is on the stovetop. In a large saucepan, melt the butter on low heat and add the cocoa powder. Whisk until the butter is completely melted and cocoa has no clumps. Add the sugar and then turn the heat either extremely low, or remover from heat for a couple minutes before adding the eggs and vanilla. Consistent whisks needs to happen to ensure no burning to the sides of the saucepan. Once eggs and vanilla are in, turn off heat.

Once a thick chocolate consistency that runs smooth appears (like a thick chocolate sauce) add in the flour mixture to the saucepan and use a rubber spatula to fold in the flour. continue folding until no flour lumps appear.

Pour into the pan and bake for ~3o minutes on middle rack. They are done when a tooth pick comes out clean from the centre.

Right after removing from the oven place the mini eggs on-top and watch them melt deliciously!

let cool. slice. enjoy.

Happy Easter!