Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Orange Cinnamon Walnut Bread

I made this Orange Cinnamon Walnut Bread to go with my Door County Cherry Jam, jars of love. I have made many loaves of Orange Cranberry Walnut Bread over the years, but mainly at Christmas time for friends and family.  My love affair with quick nut breads started as a child, and we always had nut bread with cream cheese on Christmas Eve, and that's why I make it every Christmas.

For the Cherry Jam, I wanted a hint of orange flavor, with cinnamon and walnuts, which wouldn't over power the jam. I also used my favorite Greek yogurt to replace the orange juice. The bread was moist and flavorful.  I made the mini loaves and a wrapped a few to give away.  One of my blogging friends, Gina@SP Cookie Queen,   is moving and under a lot of stress.  That's what moving is all about, stress, so I sent her a box of sunshine:)  This bread is very good with the jam, butter, or cream cheese;)

Here is picture of the remnants of my first Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook 1969.  I am very hard on cookbooks, and used them a lot before the internet.  I still have my go to recipes, but I mostly use the internet for recipes now., and now my recipes are on the blog.When I met Scott, he had the  Better Homes and Gardens New Cook 1989, and now that's my go to cook book.  What are your favorite cook books?

Orange Cinnamon Walnut Bread  
Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook- Circa 1969 

Ingredients- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2 1/4 cups AP flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 salt I didn't add
1tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 Tbsp orange zest
1 egg, beaten
6 oz Greek yogurt, I used plain
2Tbsp oil I used canola


Mix together in a large bowl, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt,and cinnamon.
Stir in walnuts and orange zest. In separate bowl,  mix 1 beaten egg, yogurt, and oil. Stir into dry ingredients, until just moistened.

Pour into a sprayed 8 1/2x 4 1/2x2/1/2 baking loaf pan.Bake in 350 oven for 50-55 min until tester comes out clean.  remove from oven and  cool on rack. Wrap and store overnight, if you can wait.

I linked up Scott's Roasted Garlic Hummus with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Basil to Brandie@ The Coutry Cook's Weekend Potluck #8
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  1. Walnuts, orange, cinnamon, all favorites with me!
    We had the nut bread Christmas tradition, usually apricot or cranberry nut bread on Christmas morning. I have so many favorite cookbooks but previously we used The Joy of Cooking or Betty Crocker;-)

    1. Patty,
      Isn't how funny that food can trigger so many wonderful memories, and nut bread does that for me.

  2. What a sweet friend you are Becky! Who doesn't love a delicious package at their door!? And I have a similar cookbook, although mine is from 1995 when I moved into my first apartment. The pages are stained, stuck together and half falling out, but I love that book!

  3. Jen,
    My original cook book fell apart, so I salvaged my favorite recipes. I loved my book, too.

  4. This recipe is really great! combination of orange, cinnamon and walnut really should taste lovely!

    1. Medeja,
      Yes, This is a great combination of flavors, that taste so good!

  5. That picture of the stained and worn recipe tells me that it must be a family favorite! Not surprising though, by the looks of the ingredients-yum! Sweet of you to send Gina a food gift, I am sure it brightened up her day.

    1. Tina,
      I make the Orange Nut Bread every Christmas, and usually add dry cranberries, to make it more festive. Gina liked her surprise very much:)

  6. Gina liked her surprise very, very much. Thank you again Becky it was sunshine in a box. I have the 1991 edition of the Betty Crocker one and have a couple pages that look very similar to yours. The nut bread sounds like a perfect addition to Christmas, I love starting new traditions over here, so I'm thinking nut bread next year. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, I know you have some great things planned. Hopefully it won't be stressful for me much longer. You are a great friend.

  7. My brother has the same cookbook, it's really interesting and it has a lot of great recipes! I always wanted to steal it from him haha

  8. My cookbooks look the same! I am not a neat baker! I know Gina was thrilled with your thoughtfulness...your bread looks outstanding...and brings back Christmas memories for me, too!


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