• ::::::INGREDIENTS::::::
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp orange zest (or more for more intense orange flavor)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins, chopped
  • Optional Glaze
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice*
  • 1 teaspoon orange juice
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar (confectioner's sugar)

Orange Bread Recipe

As opposed to much of the country, Sacramento isn’t covered in cold white in the dead of winter season. We are endowed instead with plenty of green, with opulent shows of red and pink from camellias, and shows of bright fruit and yellow from the grape fruit, lemon, kumquats, and grapefruits designing the acid plants that develop everywhere around here. Citrus season is winter season, and when nothing else seems to want to develop, we have an large quantity of fruit. In fact, many of the boulevards in downtown Sacramento are covered with Seville fruit plants, which anyone can pick, and which produce a bitter fruit perfect for enjoyment, nuts, orangeade, and for baking. For this recipe I used a couple belly button grapefruits from our tree, but truly any fruit will do. It’s the enjoyment that has the highly healthy fruit oil that you need for this quick bread.

Note: If you happen to have Seville grapefruits, or sour grapefruits, use this fruit juice instead of the freshly squeezed lemon fruit juice.

Directions or Instructions:

1 . First you need to Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 4×8-inch loaf pan. To make it easier to remove the loaf from the pan, you may want to lay down a wide strip of parchment paper, along the length of the bottom of the loaf pan, and up the narrow sides. Butter this as well.

2. Now Beat the butter until fluffy, about 2 minutes on high in an electric mixer. Add the sugar and beat for an additional 2 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until completely incorporated after each addition. Beat in the orange zest.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.

4. Add the yogurt and dry ingredients by thirds, starting with the yogurt, alternating the additions. Beat only until just incorporated. Mix in the golden raisins.

5. Immediately pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Place in middle rack of 350°F oven. Bake for 45-50 minutes*, until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.

6. Cool on a rack in the pan for 5 minutes. Then remove the loaf from the pan and cool for another 10 to 15 minutes.

7 . While loaf is cooling, prepare optional glaze if using. Whisk together the lemon juice, orange juice, and powdered sugar until smooth and there are no lumps. Place loaf on a serving plate. Use a toothpick or skinny skewer to poke holes in the top of the loaf and drizzle the glaze over the loaf.

Noted…. If you are using a (5×9)loaf pan, the loaf will be done earlier. Check at 40 minutes. You can use this recipe for muffins, in which case the cooking time should be 20-25 minutes.

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