Orange Ginger Loaf

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My husband is a fan of chocolate, orange and ginger combo so I decided to bake something special for him. Here is a delicious recipe for a soft quick bread that is packed with fresh orange juice, zest and crystallized ginger. The crumb of this loaf is amazing and you don’t need a lot of ingredients.

The chocolate glaze sets very nice so it won’t be messy when you slice and serve.

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Let’s start with the recipe.

Yield one loaf pan

Ingredients

For the loaf

1/2 cup butter, room temperature

1 cup white granulated sugar

2 large eggs, room temperature

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice

orange zest, from 2 medium-large oranges

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup crystallized ginger chips. You can add more if you want to. This is the brand I like to use. Click HERE.

For the chocolate glaze

4 tablespoons dark cocoa powder

1 and 1/2 cups powdered sugar

3 tablespoons water

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

1.-Pre-heat oven 350 F. Grease a loaf pan and line the bottom and sides with parchment paper.

2.- In a small bowl mix: flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

3.- In another bowl and using an electric mixer, beat butter for 2 minutes. Add sugar and cream both ingredients for 2 more minutes until light and fluffy.

4.- Add eggs, one by one, mixing well after each addition.

5.- Mix in juice and zest. Mix. You will notice the batter curdles, but don’t worry, it will all come together.

6.- In low speed, add the dry ingredients and mix until you don’t see any leftover flour. Using a spatula, fold in the ginger chips.

7.- Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for about 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out with a few dry crumbs.

It is very important that you know that each oven works different, so I suggest that you check your bread after 40 minutes of baking time. The top of the bread should get a nice golden brown color but not too dark. If you think your bread is getting to dark but it still needs baking time, grab a piece of foil, cover it and finish baking.

8.- Let it cool completely on top of a cooling rack.

For the chocolate glaze

1.- In a bowl sift chocolate powder and powered sugar.

2.- Add in water and vanilla extract. Mix very well until you it is smooth and you don’t see any lumps.

3.- Pour glaze on top of your cooled bread and let the glaze set for at least one hour.

4.- Serve, cut and enjoy!

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