Orange Glazed Coffee Cake Recipe
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Orange Glazed Coffee Cake
45 minutes preparation, 2 hours rising 25 to 30 minutes baking.

1 package active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (105º to 115º)
1/2 cup warm milk (105º to 115º)
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1 tablespoon grated orange zest
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg, lightly beaten
3 1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour

1 large egg, lightly beaten

1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons fresh orange sugar

1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand until foamy, 5 to 10 minutes.

2. Stir the warm milk, orange juice, sugar, ricotta cheese, orange zest, salt and egg into the yeast mixture.

3. Using heavy-duty electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and set on low speed, beat 2 cups flour into the yeast mixture until a wet dough forms. Beat in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until a stiff dough forms.

4. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, 5 to 10 minutes, adding more flour as needed to prevent sticking.

5. Place the dough in a large greased bowl, tuning to coat. Cover loosely with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 1/2 hours.

6. Grease a 10 inch springform pan. Punch down the dough. turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 1 to 2 minutes.

7. Divide the dough into 3 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a 20-inch-long rope. Braid the ropes together.

8. Coil braided dough in prepared pan; tuck ends under. Cover loosely with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until almost doubled, 30 minutes.

9. Preheat oven to 425º brush the dough with glaze.

10. Bake until the top of cake is dark golden brown. 25 to 30 minutes. Turn the cake out onto a wire rack to cool slightly.

11. Meanwhile stir together confectioners’ sugar and orange juice until smooth. Spread icing over warm cake. Serve warm.


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