Fresh orange bread | Dinners, Dishes & Desserts

Orange Bread – A slice of fresh orange bread has the perfect amount of orange flavor and makes a great breakfast or snack with a cup of coffee. Top with optional frosting to make it extra special!

This post is sponsored by Imperial Sugar. All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.

This orange bread is a yeast-free quick bread made with both fresh orange juice and orange zest for the perfect amount of sweet and tangy flavor. You can top it with the optional orange glaze for even more flavor and to make it even more special.

slices of orange bread on a cutting board

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orange bread

I love making quick breads, they are usually easy to make and have such great flavor. This Lemon Poppyseed Bread is another if you like citrus flavors. One of the best things about this orange bread and other quick breads is how they freeze! You can make mini loaves or double the basic recipe and always have bread on hand when guests show up or to give as gifts.

What you will need

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  • Butter without salt
  • Granulated sugar
  • Eggs
  • Oranges – you need both the juice of 2-3 oranges as well as the zest
  • All purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Salt


  • Granulated sugar
  • Orange juice
  • Orange zest

How to make Fresh Orange Bread

  1. You want to start with room temperature butter and cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  2. Beat eggs, one at a time, until fully incorporated.
  3. Pour in orange juice and zest and stir until well blended.
  4. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; mix until the flour disappears and is combined. The batter will be thick.
  5. Spread into a prepared 9×5 loaf pan and bake for about an hour. You want it to come out soft when you touch it and a tester comes out clean.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. If you’re making the frosting, wait until the bread is completely baked, then stir everything together until smooth and you can pour it over the bread.

How long does orange bread last

It should last about a week if left at room temperature. It will last a few days longer if you store it in the fridge. Just make sure it’s well wrapped so it doesn’t dry out. Frozen it will last 3-4 months.

Can I leave the orange icing off

Of course! If you just want the bread without the icing, you can omit it.

How to Freeze Quick Breads

You can freeze in different ways. You can bake the bread, let it cool completely, then wrap it in plastic wrap and place it in the freezer for 3-4 months. Ideally, you put the icing on when you’re ready to serve. But the glaze will freeze well, it will release just a little moisture as it thaws.

You can also freeze individual slices, so you can just pull out 1 slice at a time to enjoy. Arrange the slices in a single layer on a baking sheet, then freeze. Once the slices are frozen solid, assemble them into a loaf and store in plastic wrap or an airtight container.

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