Cream of orange bread and Red Star Yeast Giveaway

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Hope those who celebrate St. Patrick day, celebrated it with lots of fun. Hope you made shamrock shaped cookies and had Irish themed party. We too have a nice weekend as usual, cleaning, grocery and shopping. As usual I planned some baking of bread this weekend too. I did bake two breads. The one was all gone in two days, so I needed to bake another one and I did that
I watch movies only that are good. But for my hubby and princess they watch movie if the print is good (they watch it on YouTube), means they don’t care about story, acting and so on. This weekend they did watch two movies, I was not interested in them so cleaned my kitchen during that time. Rarely both turn off movie unless it is too hard to watch. You have to admire their patience, which is lacking in my case.
As it is getting warm, I am planning to plant some in our vegetable garden; usually we do it by the beginning of March. But it was cooler weather until last week and only this week it is getting warm. I am thinking of planting some black beans and snake gourd this time, last time I was not able to get snake gourd as it didn’t grow well.

I made this cream of orange bread this weekend, and it from the small book I got while winning my Red Star yeast giveaway. Hubby selected two bread recipes from it; one is the cream of orange bread and other one hearty rye bread. I will try that on soon. This bread includes orange juice and milk and also zest of orange and lemon. I used fresh orange juice, and while the bread was baking, the entire house was filled with citrusy smell. You don’t need any breeze candle to lighten up the room. I used new platinum yeast that I got as samples. It is new instant yeast from Red Star Yeast, and I love them. They worked very well. Nowadays I am more interested in Instant yeast as it doesn’t require any proofing. 

This delicious super soft bread makes a great toast and also breakfast bread. I would love to start my day with this kind of bread from now on. So please try this you are going to love this. 

Coming to giveaway, Red star yeast has gladly agreed sponsor this giveaway for two readers of this blog. Giveaway includes a loaf pan (trust me best  one for any bread) , apron, few packets of quick rise yeast,  active dry yeast and their new platinum yeast , recipe book The Kneaded Loaf: A guide to contemporary bread making, kneading board and coupons. If you are home baker who loves to bake fresh bread, I am sure you are going to love these goodies, and I can assure that as ardent fan of Red Star Yeast. This gives the same results every time you try. 

In order to win this giveaway you need to bake bread, flatbread or anything of your choice using Red Star Yeast and link your recipes here along with following these rules.

 In order to be include in the giveaway you need to
The giveaway is opened to US residents only
 You should be 18 years of age.
Giveaway will be open until 9th April 2013 CST 12.00 P.M. The winner will be choosing via and will be contacted via email.
For this giveaway I have been provided with samples of yeast only.
 Print Recipe from here 
Cream of Orange Bread    
Adapted from here
Preparation time : 15 minutes
First rise: 2 hour
 Second rise: 1 hour
 Baking time: 60 minutes
  Yield: 1 loaf   
  Bread flour: 480g/3 cup (I used King Arthur flour unbleached Bread flour)
  Sugar: 3 tablespoon/40g
  Salt: ¾ teaspoon/5g
  Dry Ginger: 1/8 teaspoon
  Lemon Zest: 1/2 tablespoon /2g
  Orange Zest: 1 tablespoon/7g (Zest from 4 oranges)
 Orange Juice:  3/4 cup+ 1 tablespoon /338.5g
  Milk: 1/2 cup/103g (Heated to lukewarm)
  Butter: 3 tablespoon/37g
   Water: 2 ½ tablespoon
   Platinum yeast: 1 packet (Red Star Yeast)        
  • ·          Whisk the dry ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the milk, butter, orange juice and water.
  • ·         Mix until the ingredients come together, and then knead until it forms dough. Continue to knead and medium/high speed until the dough becomes smooth and elastic and no longer sticky. To test the dough, pull it until it forms sort of a thin membrane.  This could take up to 18 minutes.
  • ·         Place the dough into an oiled bowl or dough rising bucket, cover with plastic wrap, and let it rise until doubled.   First rise took 2 hours.  
  • ·         Once the dough is risen well, transfer to kneading board, deflate Take each piece and, using a rolling pin, roll out into a long oval shape. Fold the shorter sides of each oval over like an envelope, into sort of a square. Flip the squares over, and roll out into an oval again. Flip them back over, and roll into a roll/cylinder
  • ·         .Arrange the dough  in an oiled one-pound bread pan, cover with plastic wrap, and allow to rise to about ¾ of the height of the bread pan. It took about 1 hour.
  • ·         Brush the loaf with the egg wash and bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 60 minutes. If the top gets too brown, tent the loaf with foil while baking.
  • ·         Remove the loaf from the pan and cool on a wire rack. Let it cool completely
  • ·         Enjoy this bread makes a great toast.


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  1. says

    Hi Swathi,

    I love anything with orange and your orange bread looks fantastic.

    Btw, thanks for your reply at my blog. I was confused initially, thinking that I can link my post any time I want. Ops! Sorry!

    Nice to hear your offer. Due to my excessive commitments to many events, I would prefer not to join baking partners group as permanent
    basis. Cheers!


  2. says

    I have found that bread is a great way to use the last of the jug of milk that has gone a little sour. I’ll have to remember this one. It looks delicious and I love the orange flavor! Great bread!

  3. says

    Swathi, thanks for visiting my blog and also for leaving a comment. Thanks to your comment I was able to find you. I am very happy to have found your page as well. I too love home-made bread and have bookmarked this one to try next. Lovely blog and looking forward to both of us trying out and sharing more recipes with each other. I am always on the look out for new food that appeal to my 3 yr old!

  4. says

    Hi swathi

    I have linked one more bread an italian spiced herb monkey bread.already followed the rules :) Awaiting to hear the comments :)