orange quick bread (gluten-free)

Has anyone else been buying oranges and clementines by the boat-load lately?  (Or at least, the mini-van-load?)  I love it when fresh produce is affordable…especially citrus fruits in the middle of winter.  Lots of vitamin C for cold and flu season — what a blessing!

Although we don’t have any trouble plowing through pounds and pounds of oranges just by peeling and eating them, I like to use oranges in cooking and baking too.  Quick breads are one of my go-to breakfast items, so I thought I’d try incorporating some citrus into one of my standard recipes.  (I was inspired by these Orange Mini-Muffins with Brown Sugar Glaze from The Pioneer Woman.)

I’ve made this recipe with both wheat flour and Pamela’s Gluten-Free Baking Mix, and it’s delicious both ways.

ORANGE QUICK BREAD (adapted from this recipe)

1/2 c. butter, softened or melted

2/3 c. sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 c. buttermilk (or 1 T. vinegar + enough milk to make 1 cup)

1 orange, juiced and zested

1 3/4 c. flour (I prefer white whole wheat)

1 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

{Or you can use 2 c. gluten-free baking mix in place of the flour, soda, and salt.}

1/2 c. brown sugar (for the glaze)

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.  Grease a 9 x 5″ loaf pan. 
  • Cream butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl; add eggs, vanilla, buttermilk, and orange zest and mix well.  Combine flour, baking soda, and salt; add to creamed mixture.  Mix just until combined.
  • Transfer to the greased loaf pan; bake 50-60 minutes, or until golden-brown and a toothpick comes out clean.
  • While bread is baking, combine brown sugar and orange juice in a small bowl.  A few minutes after removing the bread from the oven, transfer the loaf to a plate.  Poke a dozen or so holes in the top of the loaf with a toothpick.  Drizzle glaze all over the bread.
  • And then be sure to eat it warm! 🙂

If you need more ideas for using up all that citrus fruit, check out my Springs Bargains post: What To Make With What’s On Sale: Oranges!



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2 Responses to orange quick bread (gluten-free)

  1. Grandma Lao-Lao says:

    Save a piece for me, will you? 🙂

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