Orange Glazed Almond Bread

Sweet bread with subtle orange and slivered almonds glaze !

About This Recipe:
  • braided sweet bread
  • egg washed for crispy outsides with soft insides
  • silvered almonds on-top
  • orange zest inside and on-top
  • slightly sweet but not too sweet!

The Method

Firstly, the dough is made all in one large bowl then set to rest. Mixed together are all the dry ingredients; then the melted butter and milk are added along with the egg and orange zest until a dough ball appears.

after only a brief 10 mins of resting, the dough is kneaded, then braided to be rested for 1 hour.

Next egg washed and baked for 30-35 mins at 350 Degrees F and it is complete!

Lastly, is the sweet glaze and slivered almonds to finish off the lovely sweet bread

The recipe:

Prep timeBake timeRise time
25 mins35 mins70 mins
one large ~1o inch loft

Orange & Almond glazed Braided Bread

Ingredients:

The Bread

  • 3-1/2 to 3-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 (2-1/4 tsp.) Quick Rise Yeast
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter OR margarine sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 1 egg
  • zest of one large orange
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract (optional)

Glaze

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • Juice of 1 large orange
  • 1-3/4 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • Sliced almonds for garnish

Procedure:

In a large bowl (keep in mind this is the one the dough will rise in) combine 2 cups of the flour with the yeast sugar and salt. In a saucepan or microwave heat the milk and the butter until quite warm, almost hot to the touch. Pour over the mixture and add the egg; mix for 3-5 mins then add the orange zest. Add the remaining flour until a soft dough like ball forms.

Next, knead the dough for 5-7 mins until elastic and not too sticky.

Let the dough sit back in the bowl for 15 mins with a cover ontop.

Once 15 mins is up; separate the ball of dough into three long rectangles strands and braid. Let rise on a baking sheet that is parchment lined with the towel overtop for 1 hour.

Gently brush with an egg wash and Bake at 350 Degrees F for 30-35 mins.

Meanwhile, make the glaze!

For the glaze just mix all the ingredients together by whisk or fork and drizzle over the lovely warm bread once it is out of the oven!

Add slivered almonds, more glaze, slice and enjoy!

Happy Baking!

The Best Banana Bread

Moist banana loaf cake with a crunchy sweet top!

About this loaf:

A one bowl recipe with the sweetest banana flavour, moist cake texture, crunchy crust and only one egg! All making this recipe truly THE BEST Banana bread!

If you look closely in the pictures you can see the brown strands from the bananas as this recipe uses 3 bananas. There is nothing worse than an underwhelming banana flavour, therefore this recipe uses 3 whole bananas to make sure that the Banana is truly the star of the loaf.

Only one egg, just over a cup of flour, a cup of sugar and a few other simple ingredients you would usually have on hand such a baking powder and baking soda. all mixed in one bowl and it could not be simpler.

This recipe has been my “go to ” banana bread for quite some time! this page is definitely the most dirty of all the pages in my recipe book! After making this I’m sure it will be one of your favourites as well.

The Method:

Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy

Add the mashed bananas and the vanilla extract

Crack in that egg!

Add in the flour, baking powder and baking soda

Mix well

Pour into a loaf pan and bake for ~1 hour at 350 degrees F

3 tips for success

  1. Use an aluminum or metal pan as the loaf tends to get the best rise and crust texture

2.Mash the bananas into small chunks if they are fresher more green bananas, otherwise they will not bake through and remain hard. But, for softer brown bananas leave in larger chunks as they are already soft.

3.Use your darker or even black bananas! they are sweetest!

Chocolate peanut butter banana bread? Absolutely.

Make this recipe into a chocolate peanut butter banana bread loaf

All that is required to make a chocolate peanut butter version is to reduce the flour from 1 1/2 cups to 1 cup. As well, add 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder. Every other ingredients will stay the same quantity. Top or spread with peanut butter and it is complete! rich decadent peanut butter on sweet moist banana bread.

Prep timeBake timeTotal time
15 mins~ 1 hour~ 1 15 mins + cool time
Yields 1 loaf 8×4 inch

The recipe:

The Best Banana Bread

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Procedure:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (177 C) and grease or line with parchment a loaf pan ~8×4 inch. set aside.

In a large mixing bowl cream the softened butter and sugar for about 3 minutes until fluffy and air incorporated. Add the vanilla extract and mix for another minute.

Crack the egg into the mixture and beat until well combined. Now, peel and add all three bananas and use a fork, two knifes, or a potato masher to mash the bananas into small chunks.

Once the bananas are mash and all is well mixed, add the flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Once added use a spatula to fold the dry ingredients in.

Pour the batter into the pre-lined loaf pan and spread the batter evenly around the pan.

Bake at 350 Degrees F for about 1 hour or until golden on top!

Enjoy!

Happy Baking