Honey-Orange Pull-Apart Bread



4 cups all purpose flour
1-1/2 tsps. active dry yeast
1 cup fresh milk
1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp. salt

Dipping mixture:
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup nuts, chopped
1 tbsp. orange peel
2 tbsps. honey
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
1 tsp. vanilla




Step 1

Grease a 10-cup bundt pan with shortening.

Step 2

To make the dough: Combine 1-1/2 cups flour and yeast, set aside. In a saucepan, heat milk, butter, sugar and salt until warm, about 125°F and butter is almost melted. Add flour mixture and egg. Beat in an electric mixer using a flat beater for about 3 to 5 minutes till combined. Beat in remaining flour, using a double hook and knead till dough is elastic. Let dough rise until doubled. Divide dough into quarters and divide each dough into 8 pieces (you should have 32 pieces). Roll each dough into balls, set aside. In a small bowl, combine butter, nuts, orange peel and honey. Mix well. In a saucepan, combine sugar, orange juice and vanilla. Cook over high heat until sugar is dissolved and syrup begins to boil stirring constantly. Cook until just warm.

Step 3

To assemble bread: Drizzle 1/3 of the syrup in the bottom of the prepared bundt pan. Sprinkle with 1/3 of the nut mixture. Arrange half (16) of the rolled dough over the nuts. Repeat procedure once more then finish the top with the remaining 1/3 of the sauce and 1/3 of the nut mix. Let rise until almost doubled. Bake at 350°F till golden, about 40 minutes or until internal temperature registers 210°F. Cool slightly in pan then invert onto prepared serving platter.

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