Orange Cardamom Bread Recipe

Orange Cardamom Bread is a warmly spiced loaf cake for fall that is packed full of citrus flavor! My well-known orange sugar is the key!

– 1 orange – 1 cup granulated sugar – 1 cup salted butter, at room temperature – 3 large eggs, at room temperature – 1 tsp vanilla extract – 1 ½ cups flour – ¼ cup cornstarch – 1 ½ tsp baking powder – 1 ½ tsp ground cardamom – 1 pinch salt – ½ cup buttermilk GLAZE – 1 ½ cups powdered sugar – 3 Tbsp orange juice to thin, start with 2 tablespoons and add more as necessary



HEAT oven to 350F. Before glazing and slicing, lightly grease a 9x5 loaf pan and line it with parchment paper with long ends. Dry the orange. Used a vegetable peeler. 

Step 1

Step 2

Serrated peelers work well. Remove the orange peel and little of the bitter white pith. Use a food processor to fully integrate orange peelings with sugar.

Step 3

 Process and pulse to break down any peel bits. The pale orange sugar is aromatic and moist like brown sugar. Avoid making orange sugar ahead of time.

Step 4

In a stand mixer, blend orange sugar and butter for 5 minutes until light and fluffy. One egg at a time, beat until fully incorporated. Mix in vanilla and scrape bowl edges.

Step 5

First add flour, cornstarch, baking powder, salt, and cardamom to the mixer, then buttermilk. Don't overbeat when finishing by hand.

Step 6

Evenly distribute the batter in the pan and bake on the middle rack for 55-60 minutes, or until fully risen and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Step 7

Bread bakes differently in ovens and pans, so check early. After cooling for 10 minutes, take the bread from the pan using the parchment paper handles and place on a cooling rack. 

Step 8

Meanwhile, mix sugar and orange juice to produce a thick glaze. Glaze slightly warm or cold bread. Let the glaze set before slicing.

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