Orange Walnut Bread

Orange Walnut Bread

Orange Walnut Bread

Today’s post is about a tea cake with tons of fresh citrus, sweet butter and eggs. But wait…there’s more!  Act now, and you get the toasted walnuts and shiny orange glaze too. So, do I have your attention, sound good, huh?

Recently for reasons unknown to me, I decided that a 4pm each day, I was going to stop what I was doing and sit down and have a cup of tea. A quiet time to reflect on what I had accomplished in my day so far, and to contemplate what tasks were still on my agenda. It seemed so civilized to me. Certainly one couldn’t have tea without it being accompanied by a proper tea cake. One of my all-time favorites is this Orange Walnut Bread. It’s not overly sweet, and the bits of orange rind give it that fresh citrus-y flavor which compliments the earthy crunch of the toasted walnuts.

I really think that this new ritual of mine will help me to be more productive, or maybe I’m just kidding myself. Maybe it’s just another reason I’ve drummed up to eat more cake .

Orange Walnut Bread

Orange Walnut Bread

Orange Walnut Bread 

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Orange Walnut Bread

Orange Walnut Bread

Mama’s Tips:

*Toasting Nuts: I always like to toast nuts when I’m adding them to baked goods. Why, you ask?  Toasting nuts releases their natural oils and gives them a deeper flavor. Toasting will make the nuts crispier too, giving your baked goods more texture. I place the nuts in a small frying pan over a medium heat. I constantly stir them with a wooden spoon because you don’t want them to burn. It takes about 6-8 minutes to toast them, you’ll start to notice a fragrant smell coming from them as they begin to toast.

Egg Whites: When beating egg whites, make sure there is no yolk in the whites or they will not become stiff. Also make sure your mixer bowl and utensils are completely clean and free of grease, butter or oil, as this will cause your egg whites not to become stiff also.

Orange Walnut Bread

Orange Walnut Bread

 

Orange Walnut Bread

Orange Walnut Bread

Recipe: Easy

54 thoughts on “Orange Walnut Bread

  1. Drooool. And that last photo is lovely. I love orange zest and orange frosting — I’m even a fan of the Orange Sweet Rollls made by Pillsbury…they come with a little container of orange frosting, and work if I don’t have time to bake from scratch.

  2. Are you sure this isn’t the Downton Abbey effect? Afternoon tea never goes amiss, and this not-too-sweet or gooey cake looks just lovely.

  3. Bee-ooo-ti-ful!! And I think that a break to assess your day thus far and to form a plan of attack for the rest of the day while sipping tea and eating cake sounds like something we should ALL be doing! We ‘do’ teatime in our household because of my British husband, but this is giving me a new perspective on this time of day 🙂

  4. This looks divine! I love orange breads. There is nothing quite like the sweetness of orange….yummm…can smell it just looking at the beautiful photos! Very nice!

  5. Looks really delicious. Right now we are having a snow storm in Spain so that a piece of this bread and some hot coffee or chocolate would be the best thing to have. The second photos invites to take a piece 😉

  6. Sheryl, I made this bread today. OMG! so good! My kids inhauled it! I added cinnamon to the batter and it was deeeelish. Yours looked prettier but it tasted great. Thanks for the recipe!
    Tiffani

  7. Mama, you definitely deserve a small reprieve every day. I wish I could implement tea time into my routine too, like a proper refined lady! And it wouldn’t be right without a delicious, simple teacake that lets the key ingredients shine. I love citrus flavoured cakes (in fact, I’ve been on an orange cake baking binge lately) and this one is a beauty!

  8. I’m an icing fiend and I think this loaf looks so lovely. There’s something incredibly delicious about pools and swirls of runny icing. Particularly as your currently in winter, citrus always tastes so fresh of summer and sunshine!

  9. My what a lovely cake you have here Sheryl. There’s plenty of fresh oranges available right now, paired with the toasted nuts and that glorious glaze…it beckons me to close the laptop and fetch the loaf pan. I applaud the afternoon pause. Cake or no cake, quiet reflection is a good thing.

  10. I LOVE this bread! I’ve made it for Sunday School breakfasts at my church and it’s always a hit! Other folks bring boring store bought doughnuts or pasties but this is such a great treat. I’ve always adored the flavor of orange and this combination of orange and walnuts is fantastic! I made it before and added a dash of cinnamon and ground clove to make it “Christmasy” and that sure didn’t hurt it!! I like to spread the glaze out thinly to cover the entire top of the bread to make sure you get some of the glaze in most every bite! My only advice … while you’re zesting and measuring make two of them! One doesn’t last long!

  11. Picked about 35 pounds of beautiful oranges. Found your wonderful recipe, and made 2 loaves. It’s amazing. I added chocolate chips. Great addition. Orange, chocolate, and walnuts. YUM!
    Thank you! I’m proving dessert for 27 people, and will be making 2 more.

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