Orange Bread

This is one of my favorite breads. It never fails that I am always asked for this recipe. It’s best served cold, right out of the refrigerator. Perfect for a warm summer morning, paired with my hot coffee.

Hot coffee in the summer. I used to make fun of my parents for that. I get it now. Totally. They too had to raise 4 children. Yeah, hot coffee in the summer makes sense to me now!

This recipe makes two loaves. I always put the second loaf in the freezer (wrapped up in foil, then a freezer bag). That way I can enjoy it weeks later! Or we bring it camping for a home baked breakfast treat! Enjoy!

Orange Bread

Yield: 2 loaves

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 45-55 minutes


for the bread:

  • 1/2 lb butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 4 oranges, zested and juiced, divided
  • 3 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup orange juice, divided
  • 3/4 cup vanilla yogurt, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla

for the glaze:

  • 2 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp orange juice


  1. Cream butter and 2 cup sugar in a mixer for 5 minutes. On medium speed, beat in eggs, one at a time. Add orange zest from all 4 oranges (about 1/3 cup).
  2. In large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, soda, and salt. In another bowl, mix 1/4 cup OJ (juice of 1 orange), yogurt and vanilla. Add flour and yogurt mixtures alternately to mixer in 3 additions.
  3. Pour into two greased loaf pans. I line my pans with parchment paper on the bottom, then grease pan. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45-55 minutes.
  4. While bread is baking, cook remaining 1/2 cup sugar with 1/2 cup OJ (juice of 2 oranges) on low until sugar dissolves. Cool cakes ten minutes in pan. Remove from pans to a wire rack. Spoon syrup over cakes. Cool completely.
  5. To glaze, mix 2 cup powdered sugar with 1/4 cup OJ (juice of 1 orange) with whisk. Pour over cake and allow to dry. Store in refrigerator or freeze.

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15 comments on “Orange Bread”

  1. Mmmm, orange bread. That looks delicious and I love how that icing looks on there. 🙂

  2. Cat

    Yum…this looks delish! Love sweet breads {the perfect treat aside my morning coffee} but def am in the quest for an alternate to the old stand-bys {zuchinni and banana bread}…this would fit the bill perfectly!

    xx Cat brideblu

  3. Mmm. That looks so good – you make delicious recipes. Going to try these after the wafer cookies 😉

  4. This looks so good, moist and simple.

    so glad you linked up. I WILL be making this!

  5. I love the glaze that goes over this. ‘very tasty. Just stopping by from Made from Scratch Tuesday and I wanted to invite you to my Iron Chef Challenge the themed ingredient this month is ham. Link up a recipe and you’ll have a chance to win a prize. Hope you can join in the fun!!!

  6. Jen

    I think I may be drooling a little bit! That bread looks amazing! And the glaze…wow! Thanks for linking up with Made From Scratch Tuesday!

  7. Oh my, orange bread sounds delicious! Your bread looks amazing!

  8. Your Orange Bread would make a great addition to any brunch. Thanks for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!

  9. Congrats Aimee..You made my TOP 3 picks for Made it on Monday!

  10. You not only serve up great recipes, but you dish out some great stories with great humor as well!

    I will definitely be enjoying some of your orange bread with hot coffee this summer!


  11. So happy to have found your blog! This is another gooood looking recipe. I allready bookmarked it! Greetings from Germany! 🙂

  12. jessica

    I noticed the recipe calls for 1/2 lb of butter. Is that a typo and its supposed to be a 1/2 cup of butter?

  13. Sue

    Can I substutite anything else for the vanilla yogurt ?

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