In my opinion, orange is an underrated flavor.  Mostly when we think of fruit when cooking, lemon gets top billing and just think of all the recipes that do not have a predominate “Lemon” in their name and how many times, a lemon, lemon juice or zest is part of the ingredients.  Just so many. However, orange is not to be forgotten and I’d have to say, it’s my favorite fruit.  This orange bread is a recipe you can whip up so easily since you most likely will have everything on hand.  I have a few substitutions that may not be in your pantry but you can use the old standbys of butter and sugar or substitute coconut oil and agave for a healthier  version if you prefer.   When it comes to spices to flavor the bread, I like a little cinnamon, ginger.  You could enjoy this as you would a piece of a lemon loaf served at your favorite coffee shop.  They sometimes serve a lemon bread with a glaze on top.  I think this is sweet enough with out a glaze.  However, if I was serving this as a dessert, I envision a dollop of freshly whipped cream, a little orange zest or scoop of really good orange sherbet or vanilla ice cream. This is also nice in a cake dome to be enjoyed as desired.   

Orange Bread Recipe

Preheat oven to 350 degrees


Wet ingredients

-1 large seed-less  orange unpeeled  (or 2 clementines/tangerines) cut   into cubes

-2 eggs

-3/4 cup coconut oil melted

-3/4 cup powdered sugar (or substitute 1/2 cup light agave)

Dry Ingredients

-1 1/2 cup unbleached flour (if using agave, add 2 additional   Tablespoons flour

-1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

-1/8 teaspoon ground ginger

-OPTIONAL:  Fresh whipped cream with a sprinkle of orange zest or ice cream accompany orange bread.


1.  Butter a loaf pan. Line the butter loaf pan with parchment paper,      butter parchment lined pan.

2.  Measure all ingredients placing dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and       wet ingredients in a blender.

3.  Blend wet ingredients until smooth.  

4.  Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients in the mixing bowl and       stir just enough to blend all ingredients.  

5.  Transfer batter into butter loaf pan and then into the oven on a       medium rack.  Do not open oven until you can see than bread has       risen.  Bread should take 35-40 minutes to bake depending on your       oven.  Set timer for 35, assess doneness and place back in oven       based on your observation. If you need to bake for additional time,       set timer, so you don’t forget and bread burns.

6.  Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes then turn onto wire rack, with       potholders.  Remove parchment paper. Eat plan, with ice cream or      with fresh whipping  with a sprinkle of orange zest. 

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