Orange Loaf

I made these for my neighbors this past weekend and they were so popular that I bought limes and lemons this morning to make loaves out of them. I am looking forward to the lime loaves.

First, line 2 loaf pans and spray them with cooking spray.

Grate the zest from some oranges. You will need a heaping 1/4 cup.

Juice the oranges. You will need 1/4 cup. Don't drink the extra like I did because you will need it for the syrup later.

Crack 8 eggs. This is why I wish I had chickens. These loaves would be great made with fresh eggs.

Measure 2 tsp. baking powder, 1/4 tsp. baking soda and 1 tsp. salt. Mix together.

You will need 1 1/2 cups of cake flour and 1 1/2 cup of all purpose flour.

Pour the eggs into your mixer bowl.

Add 2 1/4 cups of sugar to the eggs. Then add the zest.

Soften 2 cups of unsalted butter. Add it to the bowl and beat it into the egg mixture.

Add 1/2 cup of sour cream.

Add 2 tsp of vanilla extract. I always use vanilla bean paste.

Slowly mix the flours into the liquids just until blended.

Divide the batter between the two pans. They will be very liquidy. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes then rotate the pans and lower the oven temperature 325 degrees. Cook for about 45 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. They should not jiggle in the middle at all when you shake the pans. Overcook a bit rather than under cook. Let them rest in their pans for about 30 minutes.

As soon as you remove them from the oven, make the syrup. In a small heavy saucepan over medium heat, cook 1/3 cup of sugar and 1/3 cup of orange juice. Whisk it until the sugar melts and then let it cook for 3 more minutes.

For the glaze, beat 2 cups of confectioners sugar with 4-6 tablespoons of fresh orange juice.

Beat until you have a glaze. Set this aside.

Here is the syrup cooking.

Poke holes all over the top of the loaves.

Brush the loaves with the syrup. I ended up pouring it over the tops.

Let them sit for a while to soak up all of the syrup.

When they are cool, lift them out of the pans.

Drizzle them with the glaze.

Slice and enjoy! I might alter this recipe when I make them in lemon and in lime. If so, I will post them.


This looks so refreshing. I can almost smell the oranges. Oranges are on sale everywhere here. This is a must make. I don't have time today because I'm spending all day eating your Sauerkraut Soup! That is so serious good soup.
Anonymous said…
these are just lovely joyce, I can just about smell them.
We always made these in winter, my mum and my grandmother and i guess thats why I do.
In northern Ontario good fresh fruit was hard to come by in years past but one could always count on oranges and lemons, I guess thats why, our tropical and any fresh fruit comes a lonnnnnng way in winter.
Your loaves look wonderful, very good to your friends you are!
Pricilla said…
Great minds, great minds:
The lime loaf sounds just the sort of thing we would like. Diane
Ashling said…
You're back! And with a killer recipe that I can't wait to try!
Ashling said…
Ooops...forgive me...your recipe sounds fantastic & I can't wait to try it, but I was confusing you for a moment (I've been away from blogworld) with the missing in action My Farmhouse Kitchen...
Anonymous said…
Oh my gosh. I have just spent the last hour playing catch up reading all your blog posts I have missed since being gone on vacation. I still have so much catching up to do, but all I really want to do is go in the kitchen and make SOMETHING! Anything, I'm starving! Mouth is watering! Can't you just send a care package??? Love your blog.
Anonymous said…
I was hoping You would post this today :-) This is something I'll make :-) I can almost feel the taste in my mouth already :-)

Have a great day!
tarabu said…
oh, all the ways I need to make those!
Thewse sound delicious-I really need to make some!
Barb said…
Well, you have another recipe I can't resist. How do you think these loaves would be with meyer lemon? They are at our store right now and I'm looking for a recipe that uses them.
Nellie said…
The eggs....the butter....the sugar....absolutely decadent! How delicious these must be!
Mystica said…
I hope your neighbours know how lucky they are.
Anonymous said…
This looks just scrumptious!
Rue said…
The orange is gorgeous, but lime is a bigger favourite of mine, so I'm thinking I'd like to try that. I'll wait to hear if you change the recipe though!
Joy said…
Yum! This would be a perfect place to add some candied zest like I like to do! =)
As a child growing up, my mom would make an orange cake for my birthday every year. Really was special. this reminded me of that. I have been driving a porcelain bus, battling the flu and losing this week. So-oo sick. Feel horrible. I'll be back again to comment, when i'm feeling better. take care.
SharleneT said…
You must have seen me buying those oranges, yesterday! Yummy, and I would have never thought of an orange cake. Perfect timing... perfect timing... thanks for another great recipe.
Love the General's chicken! One of my favorite dishes to order but I've never made it.

I tried finding the mushroom and caper recipe your mentioned in your comment - I can't :( It sounds great!