Happy Monday! I bought some oranges last week and last night they were looking a bit sad, so I decided to bake something quick before they turn bad. This cake is perfect if you want a quick and easy bake. It has orange juice and zest which give a nice citrus flavor. Also, I am showing you how to make that nice line on top that bakery loaves have: you just need melted butter and a knife.
Let’s start with the recipe and if you would like to watch how I made this loaf, visit me on Instagram @pastry_tales
Yield one loaf pan
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup white granulated sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
orange zest, from 2- 3 oranges
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1.-Pre-heat oven 350 F. Grease a loaf pan with softened butter or cooking spray. Set aside.
2.- Beat butter for 2 minutes until fluffy. Add sugar and beat for 1 more minute.
3.- Add eggs, one by one, mixing well after each addition.
4.- Mix in juice and zest. Mix. By this step, the batter will curdle, but don’t worry, it will all come together.
5.- Mix all dry ingredients and sift them together. Add dry ingredients to the orange mixture until just mixed.
6.- Pour batter into prepared pan.
7.- Using a knife make a line the center of the cake (lengthwise). It does not need to be too deep. Pour the melted butter into that line you just made.
8.- Bake bread for 50 minutes. Always check the top of the bread isn’t turning too dark. If this happens, grab a piece of foil paper and cover it and finish baking.
9.- Bake until you insert a toothpick, or a knife comes out clean. Let it cool completely in the pan and then plate it on your favorite dish. You can dust some powdered sugar on top. Enjoy.