Orange and Almond Quick Bread #TwelveLoaves

Orange Almond Quick Bread | Bakewell Junction

Orange Almond Quick Bread | Bakewell Junction

Another busy week and April’s almost gone.  I can’t miss this month’s #TwelveLoaves party but I don’t usually make breads with orange.  I was so happy to find this quick and easy recipe to share with you.

Hope you’re ready for another Italian style recipe.  This recipe is a dense and delicious.  You can have it for breakfast or dessert.

Orange Almond Quick Bread 2 | Bakewell Junction Orange and Almond Quick Bread

Yield:  1 loaf                 Cook Time:  50 minutes



  • 1 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 10 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar, room temperature or softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup ground blanched almonds (I measured 3/4 cup silvered blanched almonds and then chopped finely in my mini chopper)
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest (I substituted dried orange peel)
  • 1/2 cup milk


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 to 6 teaspoons hot water
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange flavoring


Step 1:  For the batter:  Sift together flour baking powder, salt and flour in a medium bowl and set aside.  Cream butter and sugar together until light and creamy; about 1 to 2 minutes.  I beat on high using my hand-held mixer.  Add eggs one at a time beating to combine after each one.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl, as needed.

Step 2:  Mix in the almonds and orange zest until combined.  Fold in half the flour mixture.  Fold in the milk.  Fold in the remaining flour mixture until just combined.  Transfer the batter to a greased or parchment lined 9 by 5 inch loaf pan with a spoon.  I usually like to use parchment paper but this time I used cooking spray.  Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 50.  Test with a toothpick; toothpick will be clean when done.  Let cool 5 to 10 minutes in the pan.  Remove from pan and cool completely on a rack.

Step 3:  For the glaze:  Mix the powdered sugar, orange flavoring and 3 teaspoons water together with a fork.  Add additional water in small increments until desired consistency is reached.  I used all six teaspoons.  Drizzle across the top the loaf.  Slice and serve.


Recipe adapted from Italian Dessert Recipes.

Tips:  Store in an airtight container.

Here is our fantastic April-Oranges breads from the incredible #TwelveLoaves bakers:

#TwelveLoaves April: Oranges. The month of March was filled with gorgeous strawberry breads!  We have chosen ORANGES for our April theme!  Choose a recipe including oranges.  Your bread of choice recipe must include in the recipe:  oranges, orange marmalade, orange zest.  In addition to being in the dough, it could also be added to a glaze.  Whatever you bake, (yeasted, quick bread, crackers, muffins, braids, flatbreads, etc) have fun and let’s have a delicious month of bread with ORANGES. Let’s get baking!

If you’d like to add your bread to the collection with the Linky Tool this month, here’s what you need to do!

1. When you post your Twelve Loaves bread on your blog, make sure that you mention the Twelve Loaves challenge in your blog post; this helps us to get more members as well as share everyone’s posts.  Please make sure that your bread is inspired by the theme!

2. Please link your post to the linky tool at the bottom of my blog.  It must be a bread baked to the Twelve Loaves theme.

3. Have your Twelve Loaves bread that you baked this April, 2014, and posted on your blog by April 30, 2014.

#TwelveLoaves is a monthly bread baking party created by Lora from Cake Duchess. #TwelveLoaves runs so smoothly thanks to the help of the lovely Renee from Magnolia Days and Heather from girlichef.

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55 thoughts on “Orange and Almond Quick Bread #TwelveLoaves

  1. I can’t believe it’s May already. Didn’t we just have Christmas?
    The orange-almond combo sounds delicious. I’d like one piece for breakfast and one for dessert! Thank you for sharing!

  2. I’m reading this post at breakfast time and I would love to try a piece of your orange and almond quick bread! It looks scrumptious! Thanks for bringing it to the Pretty Pintastic Party!

  3. That looks so good! I love the unique idea of orange flavor in bread. Thanks for sharing. I’m “your neighbor” from Embracing the Good Life’s Pin It Party. 🙂 Have a beautiful weekend!

  4. This recipe looks delicious. I love orange and I love almond. Thanks for linking up at Friday Pin Fest where I’m co-hosting this month. Great to meet you.

  5. Almond and orange are such a great combination, your loaf looks lovely. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great weekend!!

  6. Your Orange and Almond Quick Bread sounds just wonderful, Annamaria. I love citrus and almond together. I’ll be featuring your delicious recipe in my Hearth and Soul post this week 🙂 Thank you for being a part of the hop!

  7. ciao AnnaMaria -it’s great to have you join us this month. What a gorgeous loaf (of course I love Italian recipes:). How I’d love a slice with my caffee latte this morning. We posted our new challenge today! see you soon!

  8. Thanks for sharing your wonderful bread recipe with us on Four Seasons Blog Hop~ Hope to see you back soon! Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

  9. That does look delicious! Thank you for linking up to the Tasty Tuesdays party on Creative K Kids last week. I have finally pinned your post! It’s been a crazy week.

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  13. I’m liking how you added almond to this cake bread! Thanks for sharing on Five Friday Finds, and I look forward to seeing what you share this week. 🙂

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