Quick and easy orange bread with fresh grated orange zest, golden raisins, and an optional orange lemon glaze.
- 1/3 cup butter
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 Tbsp orange zest (or more for more intense orange flavor)
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 1/2 cup golden raisins, chopped
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice*
- 1 teaspoon orange juice
- 1/3 cup powdered sugar (confectioner's sugar)
*If you happen to have Seville oranges, or sour oranges, use this juice instead of the lemon juice.
1 Preheat oven and prepare loaf pan: Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 4x8-inch loaf pan. To make it easier to remove the loaf from the pan, you may want to lay down a wide strip of parchment paper, along the length of the bottom of the loaf pan, and up the narrow sides. Butter this as well.
2 Beat butter, sugar, eggs, zest: Beat the butter until fluffy, about 2 minutes on high in an electric mixer. Add the sugar and beat for an additional 2 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until completely incorporated after each addition. Beat in the orange zest.
3 Whisk together dry ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
4 Add yogurt and dry ingredients to butter sugar mixture: Add the yogurt and dry ingredients by thirds, starting with the yogurt, alternating the additions. Beat only until just incorporated. Mix in the golden raisins.
5 Pour batter into loaf pans and bake: Immediately pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Place in middle rack of 350°F oven. Bake for 45-50 minutes*, until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.
6 Cool: Cool on a rack in the pan for 5 minutes. Then remove the loaf from the pan and cool for another 10 to 15 minutes.
7 Prepare glaze: While loaf is cooling, prepare optional glaze if using. Whisk together the lemon juice, orange juice, and powdered sugar until smooth and there are no lumps. Place loaf on a serving plate. Use a toothpick or skinny skewer to poke holes in the top of the loaf and drizzle the glaze over the loaf.
*If you are using a 5x9 loaf pan, the loaf will be done earlier. Check at 40 minutes. You can use this recipe for muffins, in which case the cooking time should be 20-25 minutes.