Easy Orange Breakfast Pull Apart Loaf with Cream Cheese-Orange Glaze

Orange Pull Apart Loaf is an easy breakfast or weekend brunch treat! Topped with a sweet and tangy cream cheese and orange glaze, it’s ready to serve in under an hour.

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How about an easy breakfast treat for your weekend?

This Orange Breakfast Pull Apart Loaf is an oldie but a goodie and recipe I’ve made for over 20 years!

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The original recipe came from The Southern Living Cookbook, 1987 edition,

still one of my favorite cookbooks today!

It starts with 2 cans of Pillsbury Grands Flaky Layer Biscuits.

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You’ll also need an orange or two, depending on size, for zesting and the juice,

along with a stick of melted butter and a cup of sugar.

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Use a microplane to zest the rind of an orange.

Mix your zest with the sugar to combine.

When zesting any citrus, make sure you zest only the color peel,

not the white pith, which is bitter.

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Dip your biscuits in melted butter, then roll in the orange sugar mixture.

Place biscuits on their sides standing up in your loaf pan.

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To fit all 16 Grands biscuits, use a 10 x 5-inch loaf pan.

This recipe is very forgiving, use fewer biscuits for a smaller loaf pan

or halve the recipe and use just one can of biscuits.

You can also separate your biscuit layers

before dipping in butter and rolling in your sugar mixture

for smaller ‘pull apart’ servings.

Substitute any canned biscuits for Grands if that’s what you have;

they won’t bake up as tall as Grands but will be just as good.

You can also make this in a 10-inch Bundt or tube pan and serve as a breakfast ring.

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Place your loaf pan on a baking sheet to prevent any spills from

your bubbling butter / sugar mixture to avoid oven clean up.

Bake at 350°F for 30 – 40 minutes until biscuits are golden.

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For the cream cheese glaze:

Mix 4 oz. softened cream cheese with 1/2 cup sifted powered sugar until smooth.

Add 2 tablespoons of orange juice and stir to combine.

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Allow to stand 5 minutes before removing loaf from pan

and drizzle with glaze while biscuits are warm.

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Serve immediately and enjoy!

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Orange Breakfast Pull Apart Loaf with Cream Cheese-Orange Glaze

Orange Pull Apart Loaf is an easy breakfast or weekend brunch treat! Topped with a sweet and tangy cream cheese and orange glaze, it's ready to serve in under an hour.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
resting time 5 minutes5 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Breakfast, brunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: biscuits, breakfast loaf, cream cheese, Orange, Pillsbury Grands Biscuits, pull apart loaf
Servings: 16 servings

Equipment

  • 1 microplane zester

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons orange zest about 2 oranges, depending on size
  • 2 cans refrigerated biscuits preferably Grands
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick) melted

Cream Cheese-Orange Glaze

  • 4 oz. cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar sifted
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°. In a bowl, combine the sugar and orange zest, until thoroughly combined. Separate biscuits and dip each biscuit in melted butter, then coat in the sugar mixture. Place biscuits standing up in a 9 x 5-inch or 10 x 5-inch loaf pan.
  • Repeat until all of the biscuits are in the pan, squeezing in as many as will fit. If they don’t all fit save extra biscuits for another use. Place loaf pan on baking sheet to prevent any butter from bubbling out of pan onto oven.
  • Bake for about 30-40 minutes, until the biscuits are golden brown.
  • Allow to cool 5 minutes in pan before removing.
  • Combine softened cream cheese with powdered sugar, mixing until smooth, then add orange juice. Drizzle over loaf while biscuits are warm.
  • Cover and refrigerate any leftovers.

Notes

 
  • To fit all 16 Grands biscuits, use a 10 x 5-inch loaf pan.
  • This recipe is very forgiving, use fewer biscuits for a smaller loaf pan or halve the recipe and use just one can of biscuits.
  • You can also separate your biscuit layers before dipping in butter and rolling in your sugar mixture for smaller ‘pull apart’ servings.
  • Substitute any canned biscuits for Grands if that’s what you have; they won’t bake up as tall as Grands but will be just as good.
  • You can also make this in a 10-inch Bundt or tube pan and serve as a breakfast ring.
  • You may have some sugar and melted butter left over. You can drizzle remaining sugar and butter over top of biscuits before baking, but make sure you place your loaf pan on a baking sheet to prevent butter from bubbling over top of pan to save on clean up.
  • When zesting oranges (as with any citrus) use only colored peel not the white pith which is bitter.
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  23 comments for “Easy Orange Breakfast Pull Apart Loaf with Cream Cheese-Orange Glaze

  1. Ann Woleben
    May 6, 2022 at 6:55 am

    Thank you, Mary. This will be a quick easy recipe to try.

    • Rita C.
      May 6, 2022 at 7:02 am

      Oh my! My mouth is watering, this sounds and look so good! I love the idea of dividing in half before rolling in the sugar mix to get even more flavor. Thanks for the recipe and enticing photos!

  2. May 6, 2022 at 7:22 am

    Oh YUM! I’m trying this! Couldn’t be any easier! Thank you Mary!!! 🍊🍊🍊🍊❤️

  3. Marsha
    May 6, 2022 at 7:23 am

    You are awesome! Not only do you give us beautiful Tablescapes and share your cute dogs, you also give us mouthwatering recipes. Home is where the boat is – is a favorite blog!

  4. May 6, 2022 at 7:33 am

    They’re treating the girls to bagels at work today for Mother’s Day… Don’t mind telling you, I think I’d rather have these:@)
    Happy Furry Mother’s Day Weekend Mary, give The Girls a hug for me!

  5. Clara
    May 6, 2022 at 8:04 am

    These look delicious! Happy Mother’s Day Mary! Clara❤️

  6. May 6, 2022 at 8:25 am

    Mary, I love the ease of this recipe. It would be so delicious with my coffee on this cloudy and rainy morning. Happy Friday!

  7. May 6, 2022 at 8:51 am

    I may have that cookbook, Mary. I used to collect them by going to Half Price Books. However, I’ve never made that delicious looking loaf. I’ll have to make them! Thanks for sharing with us with an easy recipe to try!

  8. JO
    May 6, 2022 at 9:00 am

    🌷🌷🌷Love this easy recipe, will add a big YUM factor to my daily Tea Time.
    Happy Mother’s Day, Mary. 🌷🌷🌷

  9. Debbie
    May 6, 2022 at 9:08 am

    YUMMY!

  10. May 6, 2022 at 9:57 am

    Mary, thank you for sharing such an easy yummy recipe. I wish I had a piece this morning with my cup of coffee. Oldie but goody.
    Happy weekend.

  11. May 6, 2022 at 10:23 am

    Okay, I am almost drooling Mary, this sounds amazing!! Oh, and you had me at easy 😂
    Jenna

  12. May 6, 2022 at 10:46 am

    My mouth is watering. This us amazing and so simple. Southern Living Cookbook is one of the best for sure. Wishing you a very Happy Mother’s Day.

  13. Linda
    May 6, 2022 at 10:54 am

    I love citrus pastries…this sounds delish! One of my favorite desserts I had at the school lunches were the homemade orange rolls so I’m going to add some cinnamon to the orange cinnamon mixture and see how it comes out. Thanks again for another simple “want to try” recipe Mary…Happy Mom’s Day!

  14. Robin
    May 6, 2022 at 11:46 am

    I have several S.L. yearly cookbooks (this year included). Thanks for highlighting this one.

  15. Sue
    May 6, 2022 at 12:29 pm

    I can’t wait to try these. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  16. May 6, 2022 at 9:27 pm

    Oh, my goodness! This recipe sounds so good that I plan to pick up the ingredients and make it right away. This will be amazing with a cup of hot coffee! Thanks very much for this keeper.

  17. MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!)
    May 6, 2022 at 11:54 pm

    Thanks, Mary, for another wonderful recipe! Hope you have a nice Mothers Day on Sunday with your hubby and your two precious little dogs out cruising in your boat!

  18. May 7, 2022 at 8:54 am

    Its been a decade plus since I made these, sadly I’m salivating like a broken faucet as I contemplate hitting the market before 6am! Beautiful presentation 😋

  19. May 7, 2022 at 6:13 pm

    Yum! I may need to make these, though we don’t need them in the house. I doubt they would last long.
    Beautiful presentation, Mary. Hope you had a fun birthday! Happy Weekend!

  20. Cyndi Raines
    May 8, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    Another must try and a “keeper” I’m sure. Would be really nice for a ladies afternoon tea or little garden party. Printing out this recipe for sure. Thanks Mary! Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day. Give the furbabies hugs for me! 🐾♥️

  21. Sandra H Brown
    May 23, 2022 at 11:44 am

    My husband made this for me for Mother’s Day and it is the best thing I’ve ever eaten in my whole life!

    • May 23, 2022 at 2:18 pm

      Oh I’m so glad to hear that Sandra! It is shockingly good isn’t it? Thanks for letting me ♥

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