Orange Bread with fresh orange glaze and infused orange syrup is the perfect citrus happy breakfast bread you have been waiting for. With delicious orange zest and a yummy texture, this orange bread is an easy to make and easy to love bread recipe- for breakfast and beyond.
Ooh, bread. Bread is like…my weakness. I can honestly tell you the last cruise I went on in the fall that I caved into all the available food but the worst was that french bread sitting on my table while I waited for dinner every night. It started out as one piece and by day 5 was like the whole basket and ready for more. I gained 4 pounds.
Now its January and I am still looking at the weight like…worth it.
Totally worth it.
For some people those carbs come in pasta but for me, bring on the breads.
What I love about bread is that its the perfect meal.
Bread is lunch, its a side dish to a dinner, its a dessert, its a breakfast. I can think of a 100 ways to fold that flour and a 100 things to put into it. Orange banana, orange cranberry, even orange and chocolate chips go delicious. All that said this is just a simple straight forward orange bread recipe so you can enjoy the delicious citrus in and of itself.
Now whether you love your bread on the side or front and center, this orange bread with delicious orange glaze icing is about the most perfect way to spend your next hour. Orange bread is not only easy to make but has just the right amount of ooey, gooey sticky glaze that tops what was already perfection into greatness.
In fact, this no fail orange bread recipe is just the exact one to get you motivated to make in the kitchen and because its a homemade bread recipe, you don’t even need to feel that guilty over chowing down.
Maybe if you eat it in one sitting, but I say breakfast is the most important meal of the day and this does have oranges in it after all. I say bring on ALL the bread recipes for breakfast! Speaking of, you must try my Blueberry Cake Donut Recipe that has Lemon Icing!
Let’s get started.
This recipe was provided by my good friend Amanda whom lovingly prepared and tested
Glazed Orange Bread
This recipe may look intense with 3 separate cooking portions, the batter, the syrup and the glaze, but do not get overwhelmed.
You simply make the batter and while the bread is cooking, whip up the syrup. Once the bread is done and syrup is soaking into the bread, you can make the glaze.
Do not overwhelm yourself with the process. In today’s busy world its easy to look at a recipe and say its too hard or too long, but this orange bread is totally worth the effort and so easy.
Scroll to the bottom for a printable recipe and minimize the cooking tips.
- 1 1/2 cups self rising flour
- 1 cup sour cream (fat free or regular will work , I use fat free)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3 eggs
- 2 tsp orange zest
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
Bread Batter Ingredients: To get started, making this orange bread itself will take you just a few minutes. While this recipe does have oranges in it, you don’t need fresh oranges to make your bread- or your glaze. Zest and store bought OJ works just fine if you wanna whip this up quick- no judgement from me!
Orange Syrup Ingredients
If you do prefer to create your own orange juice, I really am partial to California Oranges. I KNOW I live in Florida (for shame) but the big California ones are SO good.
If you pick out some beautiful large oranges, you can also use them for fresh orange zest above and to create fresh OJ (below)! Just use a manual mini juicer.
This orange syrup recipe is specifically for soaking your bread with great orange flavor, so don’t skip this step!
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup orange juice (fresh or store bought is fine)
Orange Glaze for Bread (or cake)
How to make Orange glaze – its so simple!
- 1 tbsp orange juice (fresh or store bought)
- 1/3 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 tsp orange extract
How to make Orange Bread
Preheat oven to 350 degrees – as always with any recipe, remember that some ovens heat fast
Prepare a 9×5 loaf pan with non-stick spray.
Side note: You can also create mini orange bread loaves in this mini loaf pan for some individual servings, but note that your cooking times will vary.
Tips for Orange Bread
- Top with crushed Walnuts if you like a crunch
- Add in Cranberries or Golden Raisins to the batter for a flavor and texture change
- Wrap your orange bread in sealed Foil to keep fresh for 3 days (If it lasts that long!)
- Warm up in the microwave for 10 seconds and slather with butter for an extra buttery moist breakfast (this is how we eat it!)
Prepare Bread Batter:
In a large bowl, add the sour cream, sugar, eggs, zest, vanilla and oil and whisk until combined.
Add in the flour and mix until well combined.
Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake bread for 45-50 minutes, until a toothpick or wooden skewer comes out clean and batter free.
Set quick bread aside to cool.
Prepare the Orange Syrup While Cooling:
In a saucepan, add the sugar and orange juice then heat until boiling. Let the mixture boil for a minute or two, until the sugar is dissolved.
Remove syrup from heat.
Remove the bread loaf from it’s pan and place onto a cooling rack with wax paper underneath, pour the orange syrup all over the top and let it soak in.
Allow the bread to cool completely before topping with the orange icing glaze and going to the next step.
(30 minutes at least)
Prepare the Orange Icing Glaze:
Once the bread is completely cooled (do not be tempted to do this step until its cooled or your hot bread will melt your glaze and make a sticky mess!) mix together the orange juice, powdered sugar and extract.
Drizzle the glaze icing all over the top.
Slice, serve with coffee, and enjoy!
You have created a masterpiece for breakfast.
Bread goes with every meal, there is no doubt of that, but some breads are more iconic than others. If you are looking for another amazing bread recipe to try, make sure you check out Italian Easter Bread too. Its a beautiful braided bread that has woven Easter eggs right in it! So fun.