Orange Loaf, Lemon Loaf, Lemon Rolls. Clearly I’ve got citrus on the brain. And on my countertop. My Dad planted quite a few citrus trees when I was in middle school, and 20+ years later (okay, more than 20, but let’s not count), he always has a LOT of citrus to give away. And being the helpful daughter that I am, I’ve taken some off his hands. To make things like yummy orange bread.
I’m not a big citrus person. Prior to the house my Dad lives in now, we had a house that had about seven mature grapefruit trees. We are talking massive trees that produced grapefruit the size of an eight year old child’s head. By the hundreds. And let me tell you, as a child I picked up MANY of those beastly grapefruit. Anyone who grew up in Arizona knows what I’m talking about. And if there is a citrus deterrent program, that is it. It’s like scared straight, citrus fruit edition.
To this day the smell of grapefruit still gets to me. Thankfully, my Dad had his fill of grapefruit, so now it’s oranges, lemons, limes, tangelos and whatever else he was crossbreeding. He was making GMO fruit long before it was trendy. Or not trendy to be a bit more accurate. He’d cut and splice trees together and they still grow to this day. Pretty cool actually. I should see about getting myself a Lim-on tree.
So orange loaf. Oh my, this orange loaf is delicious. I know I just made a lemon loaf, but in my world, bread and muffins are just a go to for baking. They are easy, very forgiving when it comes to the recipes, they freeze wonderfully and they are delicious. I could probably make a new loaf of quick bread or batch of muffins every day. Oh, wait, I have ridiculously picky eaters for children, so scratch that. I make the same recipes over, and over and over.
This easy orange loaf is so DELICIOUS. The orange is not over powering, and for me, is just right. I adapted this recipe from from an Orange Pound Cake from Barefoot Contessa. The fact that the oranges were actually picked fresh from out back (okay, not my out back, but my kin’s) totally made me feel like I could pull off Ina. Let me just waltz out in a crisply ironed shirt and some wrinkle free linen pants, with some east coast sea wind in my hair, and grab those oranges, while being fabulous. Well, not really, I mean jeans and a stained t-shirt, with my oranges in a plastic grocery bag is probably not exactly her style, but close enough.
I replaced half the butter in this recipe with Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt is my go to swap when I see a bread recipe call for a cup of butter or a cup of oil. I’ve yet to find a bread that can’t lose half that oil/butter and work just wonderfully with Greek yogurt in it’s place. I use plain Greek yogurt, but you can use vanilla or even something like orange for this. I also reduced the sugar called for in the recipe and skipped the orange syrup. I was trying to go for more of a “bread” than a cake with this, but I’m sure her recipe is insanely delicious just as it is, this version is just a bit lighter (though we aren’t exactly talking health food here, even with those oranges!).