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Orange Citron Gift Bread

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Orange Citron Gift Bread

Orange Citron Gift Bread

Photo © Elizabeth Yetter

I love baking with oranges, orange zest and orange juice. Citron is another citrus that goes great with orange flavor and I like to combine the two in my breads. This super easy orange citron bread recipe is mixed up quickly and makes a beautiful bread that is full of aroma and flavor.

Yield: 1 loaf.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 55 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup diced candied citron
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly grease 8 x 5-inch bread pan.

In medium bowl, add flour, sugar, baking powder, and pinch of salt, Mix ingredients together. In a second medium bowl, add vegetable oil, orange juice, diced candied citron, eggs, and vanilla extract. Blend wet ingredients well. Scrape wet ingredients into dry ingredients.Mix until wet. Scrape into prepared bread pan. Bake at 325 degrees F for 50 to 55 minutes or until inserted knife comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Turn out onto baking rack and let cool completely.

Baking Tips:

  1. Candied citron can be found in most grocery stores. Look for it in the nuts or baking aisle. It is sold in plastic containers.

  2. Citron can be replaced with candied chopped orange peels or candied fruit mix.

  3. You can add up to 3/4 cup shredded coconut to this recipe for extra flavor.

  4. This bread is best when baked in a silicon bread pan. The bread will not stick to the silicon and it is easy to remove from the bread pan.

  5. You can make your own vanilla extract by soaking vanilla beans in a bottle of bourbon or vodka for 6 months.

  6. Use only granulated sugar for this recipe. Other sugars do not work well with this recipe.

  7. Do not replace eggs with water. It does not work well with this recipe.

  8. Keep your baking soda fresh by storing it in a plastic container or glass jar.

  9. Store flour properly to keep it from spoiling.

  10. Egg substitute can be used in place of the egg.

  11. Make baking powder substitute by combining 1 teaspoon baking soda and 2 teaspoons cream of tartar. This will replace the 1 tablespoon of baking powder called for in this recipe.

  12. Buy baking powder in small quantities if you do not bake a lot. Baking powder looses its potency over time.

  13. Preheat your oven before you begin mixing the batter. This way, by the time you are finished mixing the batter and putting it into the bread pan, the oven should be fully heated. If it is not ready, wait the extra minute or two until the oven has reached the proper temperature.
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