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Holiday Rice Bread
1 1/2 cups orange juice
2 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons grated orange peel
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup cooked and cooled rice
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon orange zest
3 tablespoons orange juice
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pans.
Combine orange juice, sugar, eggs, orange peel and butter or margarine.
In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Add orange juice mixture to dry ingredients and mix well.
Fold in rice and pecans.
Pour batter into prepared pans.
Bake for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool in pans 5 minutes, then turn out to cool.
Combine confectioners' sugar, juice and zest.
Drizzle over loaves when cool.
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