Orange Bread

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  •   Easy and beautiful sweet Orange Bread recipe that takes just 5 minutes hands on time and a few staple ingredients.

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    Orange Bread is one of our favorite easy recipes. It can be made in a large standard loaf pan or six miniature loaf pans (as shown) for easy, beautiful, housewarming gift, hostess gift and last minute Christmas gifts for teachers, neighbors and friends.

    Easy Sweet Orange Bread recipe

    Through the years, I’ve shared several variations of my popular sweet bread recipe.  This simple and sweet Orange Bread was inspired by one of my favorite sugar scrub recipes. I love the soft, citrus flavor and scent, especially during the holidays.

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    Easy Sweet Orange Bread recipe

    No yeast Orange Bread is made primarily with staple ingredients including sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, eggs, milk, oil and orange zest.

    Zest, the outer, colorful skin of unwaxed oranges (clementines or mandarins also work) adds a lot of flavor and aroma. Simply use a zester to zest the orange. Reserve the orange to slice and garnish the top of your bread.

    Can I Substitute Dehydrated Orange Zest?

    Use fresh zest for the best results, but you can use use dehydrated orange zest. It’s not a 1-1 substitution because it is more concentrated, so start with 1/3 of the amount and add to taste.

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    Easy 5 minute sweet orange bread recipe


    Quick and easy orange bread recipe
    5 from 9 votes

    Sweet Orange Bread

    Easy and beautiful sweet Orange Bread recipe that takes just 5 minutes hands on time and a few staple ingredients.
    Course Breakfast, Dessert, Side Dish
    Cuisine American
    Keyword breads, brunch, easy recipe, orange, quick bread, sweet breads
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 40 minutes
    Total Time 50 minutes
    Servings 48


    • 2 c sugar
    • 4 c flour
    • 2 Tbsp baking powder
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 2 eggs
    • 2 c milk
    • 2/3 c vegetable oil
    • 1 Tbsp orange zest
    • 1 orange or clementine rind removed and sliced
    • sugar for garnishing


    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Combine sugar, flour, baking powder & salt. Set aside.
    3. Beat eggs, milk & oil.
    4. Gradually add dry mixture to wet until just moist. Fold in orange zest, garnish with orange slices and sprinkle with sugar.
    5. Grease 6 miniature baking dishes & pour mixture an inch below to the top to compensate for rise.
    6. Bake 40 minutes.

    Recipe Notes

    You can make this into one large 1 1/2 pound loaf if you prefer and increase baking time.

    You may also really enjoy my sweet cranberry bread that always popular during the holidays.

    Originally shared December 1, 2015

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