Orange Surprise

Braids & Rings

Perfect for a spring brunch.  The orange frosting is both in the loaf and drizzled on top!





1 ring

Prep Time

40 minutes

Rise Time

1-1/2 hours

Bake Time

25 minutes


  • 1/4 cup warm water (100° to 110°F)
  • 1 (2-1/4 tsp.) envelope Fleischmann's® Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 cup warm milk (100° to 110°F)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter OR margarine, softened
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/8 teaspoon anise extract
  • 3 tablespoons sliced almonds
  • Creamy Orange Frosting
  • 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 3 tablespoons butter OR margarine, melted
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated orange peel


Place water in a bowl. Sprinkle in yeast; stir until dissolved. Add milk, sugar, butter, salt and 1-1/3 cups flour. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed of electric mixer, scraping bowl occasionally. Add egg, anise extract and 1 cup flour; beat 2 minutes at high speed.  Stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Knead on a lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover; let rise in warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Punch dough down; remove to floured surface. Roll dough to 24 x 10-inch rectangle. Spread evenly with 1/2 of Creamy Orange Frosting. Roll up tightly from long side as for jelly roll; pinch seam to seal. Join ends together; shape into a ring. Place on greased baking sheet. With sharp knife, make diagonal slashes on top of ring. Cover; let rise in warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.

Bake at 350ºF for 25 minutes or until done. Remove from sheet; place on a wire rack. Drizzle with remaining Creamy Orange Frosting while warm. Sprinkle with almond slices.

Creamy Orange Frosting: Combine powdered sugar, melted butter, orange juice and orange peel in a medium bowl. Stir until smooth.