Friday, August 27, 2010

Glazed Orange Bread

In the mood for something sweet, rich and bursting with citrus. I judge most recipes by the "face" factor, I say to my son "I'm making _______" and watch the expression. This is one of those treats that evokes much more than a grin, often accompanied by a quiet groan.
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour ( I used white spelt and it worked well )
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup (heaping-non level but mounded on top) plain yogurt or sour cream
1 cup sugar
3 whole eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract ( don't use anything fake)
Zest of 1 whole lemon
Zest of 1/2 an orange
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup orange marmelade
4 tablespoons plain yogurt or sour cream
Preheat oven to 350F.
Grease or oil then flour a loaf pan.
 Combine the flour, baking powder and salt, set aside.
 In a large bowl, mix together 1 cup yogurt or sour cream, sugar, eggs, vanilla, lemon and orange zest and the butter until just combined.
Add to dry ingredients, stirring gently until just combined lest you have a tough bread.
 Pour into prepared loaf pan
and bake 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool in pan for 12-15 minutes then loosen edges and turn onto a cooling rack.
Prick the top of the loaf with a fork while still slightly warm so the glaze will absorb into the bread.
 While the bread is still in the pan cooling, heat the marmelade in a small pan until melted, stir in the 4 tablespoons of yogurt or sour cream.
 Place the bread on a serving plate while still slightly warm; drizzle the glaze over the bread in small increments so it can ooze down into the bread and not just run off.
 When completely cool, slice and enjoy.
You might need to set a guard over this until cool, don't call my boy-he is definitely his mother's son. There was, one day, a loaf of yumminess found cooling on the counter, curiously shorter than the loaf pan. It had been sliced, the middle slice gone, and the two ends pushed together. Except that the loaf pan was still on the counter would anyone have known? Really!

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