Fresh Orange Quick Bread

Fresh Orange Quick Bread


1 orange

2 eggs, room temperature

1 stick butter, room temperature (½ cup)

1½ cups sugar

½ cup orange juice + ¼ cup

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups flour

3 tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt


Preheat the oven to 375℉. Line one 9” x 5” loaf pan with parchment paper.

Zest orange. Place on a flat surface and, using a knife with a flat blade, minced finely. Set aside. Pulse remaining orange in a blender or food processor until smooth. Set aside.

Cream eggs, butter and sugar together with a mixer until pale. Add orange zest, orange puree, ½ cup orange juice and vanilla. Mix until smooth.

Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Add to sugar mixture and blend until smooth

Place batter into loaf pan and bake until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, about 60 minutes.

Immediately after taking the bread out of the oven, drizzle the top with ¼ orange juice, going slowly enough to allow the juice to soak into the top of the bread.

10 servings, 350 calories per serving

Hack: For smaller loaves (for freezing or giving away!), divide batter between two 6’ x 4” loaf pans lined with parchment paper and bake for 40-45 minutes. Alternately, line 24 muffin cups with muffin papers. Divide batter between cups and bake for 25-30 minutes.

Hack: To easily zest a whole orange, use a vegetable peeler. Lay unused zest in a single layer and freeze. Store, tightly wrapped, in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Hack: Puree any leftover oranges in the blender or food processor for use in recipes such as cakes, cookies or breads. 1 orange yields about ⅓ cup, which can be sealed in a bag and stored in the freezer.

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10 Replies to “Fresh Orange Quick Bread”

  1. Do you use whole oranges in this recipe? I love making this kind of bread for the holidays and I just made it for thanksgiving. I do love how you have this recipe super easy and it goes right to the recipe where other sites have to talk a lot about the recipe and you scroll like half the page and get to the recipe, Lol, I love this and might try it out for Christmas this year.

    Wonderful recipe too! keep it up. 


    1. Yes, I use whole oranges in this.  Zest the outer peel and puree the remainder in a blender. 

      I hope you and your guest enjoy this recipe!

  2. Thank you for sharing this information. Since I started reading your website, I have known many recipes I can easily try at home. Like the brown beans recipes you last posted, I made it and it came out well. I wouldn’t mind trying this and will tell you the outcome of my next comment.


    1. Thank you for your comments and I’m happy that you find my recipes to your liking!  I absolutely love this decadent quick bread.  Please let me know how you like it!!

  3. Another menu item I used to make all the time back when bread machines were popular.  Always just made plain ole white bread.  This looks yummy.  It is probably sweet enough that you would not need to add butter on the top?  Should the orange juice just be regular sweetened orange juice?

    1. This quick bread is more of a sweet treat rather than a meal staple like white bread.  I do not top it with anything when I serve it.  I use unsweetened orange juice.  

  4. Mmmm… I will definitely try your recipe.

    I am fond of making breads but not quick breads. This is a worth try and it will definitely save me more time from making breads.

    And by the way, I read your about me page to know more about you. I like the idea on how you started cooking as your personal passion and then engaging your community to your passion. I think it is a lovely passion, engaging and helping your community. I dream of doing so also for the women in our church community. For a different product maybe.

    1. Thank you for your kind comments!  I think it’s a duty to share what we know to help improve the lives of those we come into contact with.  I wish you success in your mission!

  5. Hello there, Cynthia! I don’t think I have ever heard of a orange flavored bread before but it definitely does sound like something worth trying! The ingredients you listed seem pretty simple to gather. The hacks you provided seem really helpful too! I actually bought a silicon bread pan the other day and look forward to using it. Thanks for creating this recipe! 

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