“One of my all-time favourites is this orange walnut bread. It’s not overly sweet and the bits of orange rind give it that fresh citrus flavour, which compliments the earthy crunch of the toasted walnuts.” – Sheryl Aronow, US-based food blogger and restaurant reviewer.
WHAT YOU NEED
Orange Walnut Bread
8 tablespoons of unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs, separated
Grated rind of 1 large orange or 2 small oranges
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon bicarb soda
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons grated orange zest
3-4 tablespoons of fresh orange juice
WHAT TO DO
Orange Walnut Bread
1. preheat the oven to 176°c and grease an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf pan. what i find that works best is to melt a little butter and using a pastry brush, brush the melted butter inside the pan in all the nooks and crannys. then dust it with flour, shaking out all the excess;
2. in the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter. Add the 3/4 cup sugar gradually, beating until light. Beat in the egg yolks one at a time, and the grated orange rind;
3. in a medium bowl, sift the flour with the baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the dry mixture to the batter alternately with 1/2 cup orange juice, beginning and ending with the flour. gently mix in the walnuts. transfer this mixture to a medium bowl and set aside;
4. wash out your mixer bowl and dry completely. Beat the egg whites until stiff and fold them carefully into the batte;
5. pour the batter into the prepared pan, set on the middle rack and bake for 45-55 minutes, or until lightly golden and skewer inserted comes out clean; and
6. while cake is baking make the syrup mixture. when cake is done, using a wooden skewer or toothpick, poke holes in the top of the cake and spoon the hot syrup over the bread. cool in the pan on a wire rack.
Combine the orange juice and sugar in a small saucepan and simmer gently for five minutes, stirring occasionally, until a light syrup forms.
Place these ingredients in a small bowl and whisk or stir with a fork until you achieve the desired consistency for the glaze. If you like a thicker glaze add more sugar, if you prefer a thinner glaze, add more orange juice.
Orange Walnut Bread, adapted from The Silver Palate Cookbook by Julee Russo.