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Sweet Florida Orange Bread

Makes approx 2 regular loaves of bread or 5-6 mini loaves.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 pound 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup orange zest

For Simple Syrup:

  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Grease and lightly flour loaf pans.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • Measure buttermilk, orange juice, and vanilla into a measuring cup. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, use a mixer to beat the butter until creamy.
  • Blend in sugar and beat for a few minutes until light and fluffy.
  • Mix in eggs, one at a time, and orange zest, and beat until well incorporated.
  • With mixer on low, slowly pour in 1/3 of the flour mixture.
  • Mix in half of the buttermilk mixture.
  • Blend in another 1/3 of the flour mixture and remaining buttermilk mixture.
  • Add remaining flour mixture and mix until just blended.
  • Divide batter between prepared pans, filling about 3/4 full, and bake for 30 to 35 minutes (45 minutes if using a large loaf pan) or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • While loaves bake, prepare orange simple syrup.
  • Stir together 1/2 cup orange juice and 1/2 cup brown sugar in a small pot. Bring to a boil over medium heat while occasionally stirring, then reduce heat and simmer for a few minutes. Remove pot from heat and set aside to cool.
  • When cakes are done, cool for 10 minutes before turning out onto wire rack. Set rack over a sheet pan or piece of foil, and using a brush or a spoon, soak each cake with simple syrup. Allow to cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container or wrap tightly.

Notes

I used 4 whole small oranges for this recipe.
Recipe adapted from: http://www.fivehearthome.com/