Orange Tuaca Bread
During the holidays I bake this bread in vertical star-shaped bread tubes.
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest (or ½ teaspoon orange extract)
  • ¼ cup Tuaca (a liqueur flavored with vanilla and orange)
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • ½ cups chocolate chips (or nuts, raisins, or berries)
  1. Heat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Prepare two vertical tube pans by spraying with a flour/oil mixture like Baker's Joy. Put a piece of parchment or foil between the bottom of the pans and their round caps. Stand both pans up in a cake pan in case batter leaks from the bottom.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg, orange juice, orange zest (or extract), Tuaca, and oil. If you prefer not to use Tuaca, put one teaspoon of vanilla and ½ teaspoon of orange extract in a ¼ cup measuring cup and fill it with water.
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring just until blended. Stir in the chocolate chips. This is a very thick batter.
  6. Divide the mixture evenly between the two pans, and tap the bottoms on the counter to settle the dough.
  7. Bake for approximately 50 minutes, or until a wooden skewer comes out clean when inserted into the middle of the bread.
  8. Remove from the oven and allow the pans to cool for at least a half hour. Remove the bottom of the pan and gently press to push the bread out of the pan.
  9. When completely cool, slice thinly. It may be easier to slice if you chill it briefly.
Recipe by The Rowdy Baker at