Friday, March 6, 2015

Orange tea bread


Some of the best recipes are the simplest ones. Do you agree? It's just nice to have some recipes you can return to again and again, knowing they will always turn out. It's even better when you can add your own twists to them and they still work well. Such is the case with a lemon tea bread recipe I've had for a long time. In my kitchen, it has also been an orange tea bread, a lime tea bread and even an almond tea bread. It's an easy recipe, using basic ingredients and it makes a beautiful, rich tea loaf no matter how I flavor it.

I've had the recipe a long time; it came from Southern Living, I think. It's very similar to a recipe I remember in my mother's Good Housekeeping cookbook. You had to prick it all over with a wooden skewer after baking, then you poured a thick syrup made from lemon juice and sugar over the whole thing, letting it soak into the cake. It tasted good but it could became very soggy. My newer recipe has icing, made with juice and powdered sugar, drizzled over the top of the cake. It hardens and doesn't soak in. For a fancy final touch, fruit zest is mixed with granulated sugar and sprinkled over the icing, where it sparkles prettily.


You'll need:

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons lemon (orange) zest, divided
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons (or more) lemon (orange) juice
1 tablespoon granulated sugar

Beat softened butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add 1 cup granulated sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition.

Stir together flour, baking powder, and salt; add to butter mixture alternately with milk, beating at low speed just until blended, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Stir in 1 tablespoon lemon rind. Spoon batter into greased and floured 8- x 4-inch loaf pan.

Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center of bread comes out clean. Let cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove bread from pan, and cool completely on a wire rack.

Stir together powdered sugar and lemon juice until smooth; spoon evenly over top of bread, letting excess drip down sides. Stir together remaining 1 tablespoon lemon rind and 1 tablespoon granulated sugar; sprinkle on top of bread.




I baked a loaf of orange tea bread last week during my morning at home alone. It was cloudy and cold outside, the sky threatening snow (and snow it did, later that night, in unusual quantity). I donned my apron and turned on the radio. I sipped my tea as I worked. While the cake baked, I retired to the living room, turning on the radio in there to the same station. I sat in my chair in front of the window and worked on my sampler, stitching until it was time to get up and test the cake. When it was cooled, I made the icing and the zest topping and adorned the cake. Then I made a fresh cup of tea and cut myself a slice, placing it on a real china plate. I ate my cake in the living room, flouting my own household rule and feeling surpassingly good about it.

38 comments:

  1. It sounds delicious, and I love the idea of a lime one as well, I'm a big fan of citrus flavours. I like to think of you defiantly eating cake in the living room. I hope you didn't make crumbs though. CJ xx

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  2. Oh it's looks delicious Jennifer, just perfect with a cup of tea. I would think a china plate was essential and a bit of rule breaking too! ;)

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  3. That looks very yummy! I may have to do some baking over the weekend, you have tempted me!

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  4. It looks delish, Jennifer! :o)

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  5. What a pretty bread! I bet it tastes so fresh...like spring. Thanks for the recipe.

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  6. Oh yum.. I printed that right up and saved it to my recipe file! That's exactly what I need to make for my breakfast. I have 1 cup of coffee and a muffin or bagel - this would be divine! Thank you! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  7. It looks yummy and is so pretty! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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  8. I can't wait to get home and print this recipe. It looks delicious. And a I even have all of the ingredients around the kitchen. I like the picture of you breaking your own rules. That's what rules are for, right?
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  9. That looks soooooooo yummy! I'm going to make it and count it as a serving of fruit for the day. lol

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  10. I so need to make this. Thanks for the recipe x

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  11. I've just copied out your recipe and can't wait to try it. Thank you and enjoy the weekend. x

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  12. That looks a good cake. I think I might bake on tomorrow. Have a great weekend. Go and break some more rules!! xx

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  13. Sounds sooo good - especially the orange version !
    Enjoy the weekend !

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  14. That looks delicious. I wonder if I can work out subs for gluten free.

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  15. Looks delicious. I have pinned it! Thanks. Xx

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  16. This sounds absolutely delicious!!!! I love lemon drizzle, so I am sure that orange drizzle would be delicious too!! I like the idea of the sugar and zest on the top as well, it looks very pretty and must make for great taste and crunch too! xx

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  17. Orange drizzle sounds fun! I got 2 lemons in to make lemon drizzle cake this weekend (but I'm here on the 'puter instead!)

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  18. Yum, I've never tried an orange version, but it looks delicious xx

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  19. It looks delicious.
    Hugs to you and enjoy your weekend,
    Meredith

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  20. Jennifer, I make a very similar orange tea cake, (and in fact, just made a loaf yesterday!), the difference being your icing as opposed to my simple sprinkling of icing sugar, but I will definitely try your topping next time, as it looks and sounds scrumptious.

    Happy weekend and thanks for a most cozy post on this very grey and gloomy Cretan day!

    Poppy

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  21. Your bread and the recipe looks wonderful. I love these loaf type breads so much better than cake.

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  22. mmmh your orange cake looks wonderful. thanks for sharing the recipe.
    have a nice weekend,
    regina

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  23. It looks delicious. I'm a big fan of lemon drizzle cake and I'm sure this would be equally good.

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  24. I love anything made with oranges! And this tea cake looks so delicious! I love to sit down with a cup of hot tea and cake - it relaxes me. I am adding this recipe to my Pinterest board and making it soon. Just curious as to what your favorite tea might be?

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  25. Sounds like the most perfect setting Jennifer!!! And that cake...dear heavens it looks AMAZING!!!! PINNING!!! Wishing you a lovely weekend! Nicole xoxo

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  26. Ooooh that sounds like a heavenly morning ..... I bet the baking smell was divine, I adore orange cake so must give it a go, thank you x
    Happy Sunday!
    love Jooles x x x

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  27. Ooh, that looks good! I make your "old" lemon cake. Think I'll have a go at your method next time. Yum!

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  28. Ooh, that looks good! I make your "old" lemon cake. Think I'll have a go at your method next time. Yum!

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  29. This looks a lot like the lemon loaf cake I make, which is basically a lemon cake in a loaf tin, with a runny icing drizzled over the top. I bet it smells amazing when it's cooking.

    I always tell the kids they can't eat in the living room and go ahead and please myself when they're at school or in bed. :-) xx

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  30. Wow, this is such a good recipe, Jennifer. We love anything with citrus flavours. Off to copy and print it out. Yum. x

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  31. That bread looks delicious - I love tea bread! I'll be "pinning" so I can try it later when I'm in a baking (and eating sweets) mood.

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  32. I am pinning too, but might just cave in and make it this morning anyway! Hope you are well Jennifer. Jo xx

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  33. Ooo naughty girl eating cake in the living room! Bet it tasted all the yummier though :)
    Jillxo

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  34. This sounds lovely sadly citrus is off limits for me but I like the idea of almonds...........

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  35. oh my that sounds amazing, and I love the look of the icing xxx

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  36. Now look what my faulty blogroll almost made me miss. Humph! I'm glad I could scroll back. Thanks for sharing the recipe, Jennifer! My mom made a similar lemon cake that was heavier and had lemon Jello in it, but this looks better...now to see if I can make it gluten free :-) xx

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  37. That looks delicious, Jennifer, and the recipe is very similar to one of my fail-safe favourites for a moist lemon cake. This has the heavy syrup which soaks in and makes it wonderfully lemony. It's also incredible quick and easy to make as it's mixed in the food processor. I have lemons in the fridge, so I feel a lemon cake coming on...

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