Orange Loaf

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/14 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon cointreau (optional)
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
1 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons orange zest (from about 3 oranges)
3/4 cup (6 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
3 large eggs

For glaze:

1 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan, line the 2 long sides and bottom with one piece of parchment, and dust with flour.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Combine the sour cream, vanilla, Cointreau (if using), and orange juice in a large measuring cup. Set both aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fit with the paddle attachment, combine the sugar and orange zest on low speed until fragrant. Drop in the butter 2 tablespoons at a time until it is all added. Increase the speed to medium-high and cream the mixture until it is light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. On low speed, add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape the sides and bottom of bowl as you go. Alternately add the flour and sour cream mixtures, beginning and ending with the flour, and mixing only until just combined. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a spatula.

Bake the loaf for 45 to 60 minutes, or until a cake tester emerges clean. Let the cake cool for about 10 minutes before releasing it from the pan. To prepare the glaze, combine the confectioners’ sugar and orange juice in a small pan and bring to a boil, stirring once or twice. Simmer for 2 minutes, then remove from the heat and brush/pour over the warm cake. Let the cake cool completely before serving. Use a serrated knife to slice cake, as the glaze will be hard.

Hoisin Glazed Brussels Sprouts

1 pound brussels sprouts, rinsed, any older outer leaves discarded, stems trimmed slightly, sprouts sliced in half through the stem end
1 Tbsp peanut oil, or other vegetable oil
1/2 large onion, sliced thinly root to tip
2 teaspoons minced ginger
1 garlic clove, minced, about 1 teaspoon
1 Tbsp seasoned rice vinegar
2 teaspoons soy sauce
3 Tbsp hoisin sauce
1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
Salt to taste

Whisk together the seasoned rice vinegar, soy sauce, and hoisin sauce in a small bowl, set aside.

Place a steamer rack in a medium pot, add an inch of water. Heat the water to a boil, then add the brussels sprouts to the pot. Cover the pot and steam the brussels sprouts for 5 minutes. Remove the sprouts from the pot and lay them out on a baking sheet to cool while you cook the onions in the next step.

Heat the peanut oil in a wok or large sauté pan over high heat on your most powerful burner until the surface of the oil shimmers. Add the sliced onions and toss to coat with the oil. Sear over high heat until the edges of the onion slices begin to brown, about 4-5 minutes.

Add the ginger, garlic and brussels sprouts to the pan and toss to combine. Stir-fry for 2 minutes, or until the brussels sprouts begin to brown.

Add the rice vinegar, soy sauce and hoisin sauce mixture to the sprouts and toss to combine. Stir-fry for a minute or two (watch the sides of the pan and turn off the heat if you see any of the sauce scorch on the side of the pan). Drizzle with sesame oil and add salt to taste.