Orange Cardamom Breakfast Twist

filed under: Bread on October 6, 2019

This Orange Cardamom Breakfast Twist is a recipe I will be making again and again. It is a bit shocking how such simple ingredients come together to create such a flavor-filled and delicious treat! If you love citrus flavor, don’t miss my Orange Rolls! (I used this twist method on Pumpkin Spice Twist Bread and it was fantastic!) If apple is more your style, try my Apple Fritter Bread!

Working with Yeast (Don’t be afraid!)

Yeast is a living organism. When working with yeast, you have to be a little more sensitive to the needs of those little cells quietly working away in your bread dough. Any recipe that has yeast as an ingredient should give you the directions you need to make sure the recipe is successful. For instance, in this recipe, I use milk as the activator. Most bread gurus will tell you that dairy kills yeast, but I’m here to tell you that it just slows the growth slightly, which is perfect this recipe. Just make sure the milk is a little warm. This is a really fun recipe to practice working with yeast on… not to mention it is SO delicious!

Orange Cardamom Breakfast Bread Twist in a Skillet

Orange Cardamom Breakfast Twist

Don’t let the name scare you, I know it sounds fancy. But it actually comes together easily and tastes like a fancy bread you would get at a world-class bakery! When I first saw this recipe the directions said to use “hot roll mix”. So I went to the store and grabbed some, not even sure what I was buying. Turns out that hot roll mix is basically the ingredients for a sweet dough! So I grabbed my favorite sweet dough recipe and made some tweaks to the amount of cardamom (less is more!) and voila, a beautiful and seriously delicious recipe was born.

Orange Cardamom Breakfast Bread Twist without the Glaze

How to Make Orange Bread

This amazing orange cardamom bread starts with the perfect dough. The nice thing about this dough is that there are only two 1-hour resting times, so you can pull this entire dish together in just a few hours.

  • Milk – I prefer whole milk here, but you can use 2% in a pinch. The milk will also be warmed so that the yeast can bloom.
  • Active Dry Yeast – Although I shouldn’t say this, I have used both active dry yeast and rapid rise yeast and they both work in this recipe. You just want to make sure that the yeast has started to bubble before moving on to the next step. (If it doesn’t, you may need to get new yeast.)
  • Egg – room temperature (Out of eggs? No problem! Try one of my Egg Substitutes for this recipe!)
  • Sugar – just enough to make the recipe sweet!
  • Salt – I prefer kosher salt in baking. If you are using table salt, you will want to use less.
  • Flour – all-purpose all the way. 🙂
  • Butter – here is the fun part. I use cold grated butter! I know that seems silly, but I love how the layers of this bread fluff up and are almost flakey when the butter is added cold. You can use salted are unsalted, but I do prefer unsalted as I like to control the salt in my recipes.

Pouring Glaze over Orange Cardamom Breakfast Bread Twist

Orange Glaze

This glaze couldn’t be easier but is quite possibly the most perfect complement to this bread! It is confectioners sugar and orange juice. Gotta be honest here, I tried to kick it up a notch and use fresh-squeezed orange juice. Then I tried it with store-bought orange juice… and I could not tell the difference. So if you happen to have a little orange juice in your fridge, it will work perfectly!

Hand taking some Orange Cardamom Breakfast Bread Twist

Don’t Let That Twist Scare You!

Ok, once the dough has risen the first time, you are going to roll it out. I do a rough rectangle, not getting too concerned with perfect edges. Spread the softened butter out with your hands (or a pastry brush) making sure to get all the way to the edges. Sprinkle the brown sugar and cardamom mixture over the butter. Starting on the longest side, start to tightly roll the dough. (Just like you would a cinnamon roll.) Pinch the edges. You should have a long dough roll. Leaving 1-2 inches at the top, use a sharp knife to cut down the center of the roll. It will fall open a bit and reveal the layers inside. That’s great!

Twisting bread for Orange Cardamom Twist Bread

Image from my Pumpkin Spice Twist Bread

Now carefully twist the pieces 3-4 times, making sure the exposed layers are facing up. Holding the uncut end, start to spiral the bread around itself. It will be a nice round dough with lots of exposed layers peeking through. Carefully set that in the prepared skillet and let rise for 1 hour in a warm place.

When you are ready to bake, pop it into a 350°F oven for 25 minutes, then cover with foil (you don’t want the bread to burn or get to hard, but you do want the inside to be cooked completely) and bake for another 10 minutes.

Remove from oven, allow to rest while you make the glaze, then pour the glaze over the warm twist bread. Then dig in! We definitely like to enjoy this bread when warm, but admittedly, it is great when cooled too. 🙂

Slice of Orange Cardamom Breakfast Bread Twist

Is a Skillet Necessary for This Recipe?

I love baking with skillets and highly recommend it. They are fairly inexpensive, this skillet is less than $15 AND comes preseasoned. I often only use one skillet for baking and the rest for savory recipes. I also recommend using a 9-inch skillet for this recipe, but that is not the standard size. If you do not have a 9-inch skillet, you can make this in a 9-inch pie dish or (worst case scenario) on a baking sheet or 9×13 baking dish.

Cut into piece of Orange Cardamom Breakfast Bread Twist

5 from 5 votes
Orange Cardamom Breakfast Bread Twist
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Resting Time
2 hrs

Fantastic flavor in this easy and delicious homemade twist bread!

Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Blueberry Breakfast Cake, orange bread, skillet bread
Servings: 8
Author: Amanda Rettke -
  • 3/4 cup milk, warmed to about 110°F (about 40 seconds in the microwave)
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, if using table salt add 1/2 teaspoon
  • 3 cups (375g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (226g or 2 sticks) unsalted butter, cold
  • 4 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (100g) packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom
  • pinch kosher salt
  • 2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice (or the juice from one orange)
  1. Add 3/4 cup milk to a measuring cup. Heat in microwave for about 45 seconds. Add the yeast and allow it to bloom for about 5 minutes.

  2. In a large bowl, add the bubbling milk & yeast mixture, egg, sugar, and salt. Set aside.

  3. Using a grater, grate the cold butter onto a cutting board or plate. Add the butter to the bowl, then add the flour.

  4. Using your hands, combine the ingredients until just incorporated. You can either continue kneading by hand or now add the ingredients to the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment.

  5. When the dough comes together to form a ball, cover the bowl and set aside for one hour.

  6. After an hour, remove the dough and place on a clean, solid surface (such as a countertop) that has been sprinkled with flour.

  7. With a rolling pin, roll out the dough into a 1/2 thickness. It should be roughly in a rectangle.

  1. Spread the butter evenly over the dough, going all the way to the edges.

  2. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, flour, zest, cardamom, and salt.

  3. Sprinkle the brown sugar mixture over the butter.

  4. Starting with the longer side, roll the dough into a log and then pinch to seal the seam. Roll the log over so that the seam side is down.

  5. Using a sharp knife, cut in half lengthwise, stopping about 1 inch from the end.

  6. Starting near the top that is not cut, gently lift one of the cut halves over top of the other cut halve. (a twist) Continue to twist 2-3 more times.

  7. Hold one end and then start twisting the dough around it, creating a circle of dough. Try to get the cut, exposed layers of the dough, facing upwards.

  8. Place the dough ring in an 8-inch or 9-inch prepared skillet (I used butter) and let rise for one hour, covered.

  1. After the dough has rested for one hour, heat the oven to 350°F. Uncover the dough and place the skillet in the oven for 25 minutes. Remove and cover with foil (the dough should be golden brown) and bake for an additional 10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool while preparing the glaze.

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the confectioner's sugar and orange juice. It should be runny. After the bread twist has rested for about 10 minutes outside of the oven, pour glaze over and allow to soak into every nook and cranny.

  2. Can be served immediately (warm) or at room temperature.

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  • Georgia Eileen says:

    You posted this to your facebook page this morning and I decided to make it. That was a very good decision on my part. I was pouring the glaze on and could smell it and knew it would taste pretty good and I was right. The bread never made it to a plate, my kids and I dug into it right in the pan and we ate it all. We loved it. This recipe is a keeper, and I plan on making it with apples next tim!

  • Marie-Pascale DUCLOS says:

    Bonjour Amanda. J’espère que vous parlez un peu français et que vous comprendrez ce que je vous écris.
    J’adore la majorité de vos recettes, mais suis surprise par certaines. Cela vient de nos habitudes alimentaires qui sont, en France, différentes des vôtres, surtout en ce qui concerne le petit-déjeuner : Des saucisses au petit déjeuner, je vous l’avoue, ne me fond absolument pas envie !!
    Ma question est la suivante : j’aimerais beaucoup faire certaines de vos recettes mais j’ai un souci avec vos “cups”. Quelle est la contenance d’une “cup”? Merci de votre réponse et encore merci pour toutes ces recettes.

  • Abi says:

    If using a fan assisted oven do I still us 350 F.

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Do you mean a convection oven? Yes, I would still do 350°F.

  • Pattie says:

    I need a visual on twisting the dough

  • Edna says:

    Can’t wait to make this! Sounds yummy!

  • Pearl says:

    Bonjour Marie-Pascale, un “cup” en l’Amerique est égal à 236.5 grammes. J’espere que ce reponse vous assiste.

  • Brenda Wright says:

    I love your recipes and use them all the time, your baking directions and comments are very helpful, but the website will not let me print the recipes?? Taking my laptop to the kitchen is a pain. Thank you

  • Dee J Moye says:

    Cup = 1 tasse, soit 8 onces ou 250 ml liquide

  • Amanda says:

    This was delicious! I did veer off a little from the recipe because I wanted more cardamom and orange flavour in the filling. I added a whole orange’s zest and 1 tsp of orange extract. I also used 1 tbsp of ground cardamom.
    I baked in a 9″ pie plate, which of course, doesn’t transfer heat as well as a cast iron pan would, so I baked 20 minutes uncovered plus 25 covered with foil. Thanks for a great recipe!

  • Foodiewife says:

    If you look at the recipe link, Amanda gives you a detailed “visual” on how to twist the dough.

  • Nancy Woods says:

    Sounds yummy

  • Mary says:

    Would it work to prepare the twist and put in the refrigerator overnight for the second proof, and bake it in the morning for breakfast?

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      I haven’t done that, but in theory it should work!

  • Susan says:

    Love this recipe!! The only change i made was to doible the amount to cardamom. Because you can never have too much cardamom. This makes an amazing breakfast treat!

  • Val says:

    La mesure “cup” est une traduction de “tasse”, c’est le contenu d’une tasse standard. Une tasse est 8 onces, mais il y a tasses pour liquides et farines, mais le volume est le même. 1 tasse ou 8 onces liquides sont 237 ml. 8 onces liquides américaines de farine pèsent 125 grammes.
    J’espère que cela fonctionne pour vous et que vous pouvez comprendre mon rouillé français.

  • Carolina Delfin says:

    Can you explain the texture of the dough, please? I just need to know if the kneading is thorough or if it’s ok that there’s some butter lumps still there. Thanks.