Easy Orange Loaf Recipe

Orange Loaf

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt plain, vanilla or even an orange flavor
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup grated orange zest about six oranges
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice divided
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Spray two loaf pans with non stick cooking spray. I prefer to line mine with foil first.
  • In a mixer, combine butter, Greek yogurt and sugar until light and fluffy, approximately 2-3 minutes. Add in eggs, one at a time, mixing on low after each egg. Add in orange zest and stir to combine.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • Add half of the dry mixture to the butter and sugar mixture, and stir until just combined. Add orange juice, vanilla and 1/2 of the buttermilk to the mixture and stir until just combined. Add the remaining dry mixture, stirring until just combined, followed by the remaining buttermilk, stirring until just combined.
  • Divide the batter between both loaf pans. Place in the oven and bake for 45 minutes to one hour or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  • If desired you can make a glaze of 3 cups powdered sugar and 3-5 tablespoons orange juice to drizzle over the top of your loaves. Just mix the two together in a bowl until you get the consistency t you want. More liquid to make it thinner, more powdered sugar to make it thicker. I like to add a few drops of vanilla and a sprinkle of salt to give the flavor a bit more depth. It works best to pour the glaze on while the bread is still warm, but out of the pan (otherwise you can end up with your bread a bit stuck in the pan).
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