Appalachian Food

Better Late Than Never – One Last Holiday Tradition

sweet bread on a plate

For the last several years I’ve been making a pan of Sweet Orange Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread as sort of the last hurray of decadent desserts for the holiday season.

It’s the perfect bread to make right after Christmas. For starts it’s so good! It’s like a burst of orange in every luscious bite. And since oranges are always part of our Christmas there’s usually a few hanging around on the counter that need to be used up.

I don’t remember how I stumbled onto the recipe, but once I made it the first time I knew it was a sweet treat I’d be making for years to come.

This year my bout of feeling puny knocked the tradition in the head (that’s what Granny would say 🙂 ). But over the weekend I realized I still had some oranges on the counter and decided I might be a couple of weeks late for the tradition but it’s always better late than never.

I believe everyone in the house was glad I decided to make the bread. It goes perfectly with a tall glass of ice cold milk.

If you’d like to try the sweet treat go here for the recipe.

Last night’s video: Getting Wood in before the Storm | Using Fire for Heat in the Appalachian Mountains.


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  • Reply
    Lady Locust
    January 25, 2022 at 2:46 pm

    Oh my! This looks so dangerously delicious! I have to get myself over this before I can have sweet treats again. Thankfully, I’ve not lost my taste or smell.

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    Kathleen Monahan
    January 20, 2022 at 4:41 pm

    Love all your videos. Tipper has such a soft lovely voice. She really loves her family and Appalachian tradition.

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    Sara Stewart
    January 17, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    Oh gosh! Growing up we’d have this EVERY New Year’s Eve right on the store of midnight. It was served with lots of coffee & hot tea sweetened with our own honey. This was followed by the first breakfast of the year: eggs, bacon, version sausage, biscuits & gravy. Thank you so much for bringing back the memory. I’m grateful to know that you’re feeling better.

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    Miss Cindy
    January 17, 2022 at 12:15 pm

    Tipper, that looks wonderful….I think it’s time for me to drop by for a visit!

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    Ron Bass
    January 17, 2022 at 11:44 am

    Thanks, sounds delicious. I get hungry whenever you post about food. My wife makes something similar to this and it is great with a cup of coffee.

    Donna Sue, my wife puts ice in her milk also.

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    Sharon Cole
    January 17, 2022 at 11:06 am

    Looks delicious! You are such a good cook. Thankful you are feeling better. I sure did miss my daily dose of Tipper!! Take care and God bless!

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    January 17, 2022 at 10:07 am

    Tipper, that looks delicious! Yes, better late than never.

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    January 17, 2022 at 10:01 am

    The recipe looks wonderful and after doing all that splitting wood, one could enjoy eating a couple pieces:) I thought of ya all as I was watching that storm come up through Georgia and the Carolina’s. Prayed you all were safe and warm.

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    Pastor Lon
    January 17, 2022 at 10:01 am

    That looks delicious!! I’m sure the whole Pressley gang enjoyed it. Yes I’m sure it would be great with a big glass of milk but I would say it would be great with a stiff cup of coffee to. We are all so glad you all are feeling better.

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    Angelyn McLain
    January 17, 2022 at 9:17 am

    My goodness that looks tasty! I have some oranges too and just might have to try it. I am a big fan of orange cranberry things too. I might add a few.

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    January 17, 2022 at 9:06 am

    That bread will be a tasty treat to enjoy after you get through playing in the snow. I hope the weather radar was correct as I watched it get bluer and bluer as the snow headed toward my hometown and then over to Brasstown NC.
    Thank you for sharing your recipe on this cold day that’s good for nothing but baking.

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    January 17, 2022 at 8:21 am

    This looks delicious! Would be great with a cup of coffee or Russian tea on this cold snowy morning. Glad you are feeling better.

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    Margie G
    January 17, 2022 at 8:13 am

    Any and all of the recipes you have shared, work out very, very well indeed! I thank you for this tasty recipe too! Ok- I gotta eat some crow this morning about the snow. It came down yesterday, during the night, and is still at it! I’d say it’s an easy 10 inches (although I am guessing from my boots and hiking out to feed the wild birds some peanut butter sandwiches and cat food pieces.) It’s a doozie for sure. Stay warm and hydrated. Remember just breathing causes a loss of lots of hydration every day…. also keep your head covered and warm because you lose a lot of heat out of the “dome.” The Army taught us that… lol many moons ago…

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    Ron Stephens
    January 17, 2022 at 8:08 am

    Sounds yummy just from the name. I’m thinking everyone was just glad you were back to normal and the sweet treat was extra.

    We thought about Chitter the other day on a hike at Don Carter State Park. There is a ridge with lots of surface quartz and we got to looking at the chunks scattered around. Almost all of them had pockets and streaks of mostly tiny quartz crystals. Wouldn’t surprise me if there were a few single, well-formed crystals there somewhere that would make good jewelry.

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    Ken Cannon
    January 17, 2022 at 7:07 am

    I have studied life in Appalachia for many years. I have quite a few books on the subject. We have visited the Smokie Mtns. almost every year since 1952. I love talking to and learning from the folks that live there. You certainly have kept Appalachian customs alive and interesting.
    Thank you!

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    Martha D Justice
    January 17, 2022 at 7:00 am

    Looks delicious

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    donna sue
    January 17, 2022 at 4:35 am

    These would be perfect for breakfast!! A mug of coffee, milk with ice in it (the only way to drink milk in my opinion!), and cinnamon rolls. I wish I had some of your rolls here this morning!

    Donna. : )

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      January 17, 2022 at 10:06 am

      Donna Sue, I thought I was the only person that put ice in their milk. I’m so glad you posted you do this too! I agree, ice in milk is the only way to drink it!

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