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Double Orange Bread

This orange bread recipe is divine!  The bread is easy to make, fragrant, moist, and bright.  Make this recipe in about 45 minutes start to finish and enjoy this delicious citrus treat! Let me show you just how to do it!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time27 minutes
Resting Time20 minutes
Total Time57 minutes
Course: bread, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Diet: Low Lactose
Servings: 24 servings
Calories: 167kcal




  • 1 ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • cup sugar
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • juice from 2 oranges (about ½ cup)
  • zest from 2 oranges
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 egg


  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • juice from 2 oranges (about ½ cup)
  • zest from 2 oranges


  • Prep: To get started, gather all your ingredients, and preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

The Batter

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine ⅔ cup sugar and oil.
  • Cream together with a hand or stand mixer.
  • Add an egg to the batter and sour cream.
  • Zest 2 oranges and add it to your batter.
  • Juice 2 oranges (about half a cup freshly squeezed orange juice) and add it to your batter.
  • Mix until well combined using a hand or stand mixer.
  • Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl (all purpose flour, salt, and baking soda) and add to your wet mixture. Mix until well combined.
  • Divide evenly between 4 (5 inch) mini loaf pans.  Fill each about ¾ full. Bake at 350 degrees for 23-25 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.

The Glaze

  • Prepare the glaze by adding powdered sugar to a large mixing bowl.
  • Juice 2 oranges (about half a cup orange juice) and add it to the powdered sugar.
  • Zest 2 oranges and add it to your powdered sugar.
  • Mix powdered sugar, orange juice, and orange zest together with a hand or stand mixer.
  • Dip the top of cooked moist orange loaf into the orange icing. Let dry for 20 minutes and dip again, if desired.



What does salt do in bread?
Salt does a few things in bread. In a quick bread, the salt activates the baking soda or baking powder - helping the orange cake rise. Salt also works to tighten the gluten strands that are formed in bread, and make them stronger.
How long does orange bread last?
This orange bread will stay fresh for 3-5 days if stored in an airtight container. You can also freeze them. Wrap with parchment paper and place in a freezer bag.  They will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Can I make this into muffins or a full sized loaf?
Yes - for muffins, add ½ cup of batter to a muffin tin lined with cupcake liners. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-17 minutes. For a full sized loaf, add batter to a 9 inch loaf tin. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes.
  • Zesting: Use a microplane zester to zest your fresh orange.  This tool works quickly and easily. When zesting an orange remove only the orange part.  The white part beneath the orange (called the pith) is bitter.  So work carefully to just remove the orange rind.
  • Juicing: Press and roll the orange over your kitchen counter before squeezing it. The pressure of rolling it breaks down the cell walls of the fruit, making it easier for the juice to flow out. You can also try heat your orange in the microwave for 10-20 seconds - this will help it release more fresh orange juice.
  • Testing for doneness: While baking time is a guide, to test for doneness of sweet orange bread, insert a wooden toothpick into center of the loaf. If the toothpick comes out clean the quick bread is done. You can also gently touch the top of the bread. If it springs back, it is done. If it leaves and indent, it needs more time. Alternately, you can use a thermometer to check the internal temperature. The center should be 210 degrees when it is cooked thru.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 167kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 140mg | Potassium: 64mg | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Vitamin C: 13.9mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 0.5mg