Recipe Box: Vintage Orange Bread

orange bread recipe via Claire Thomas of The Kitchy Kitchen

Hi everyone! It’s Claire again from The Kitchy Kitchen. When I came across this vintage recipe, I was curious about how it would turn out. The name “Orange Bread” makes me think of pound cake, but this light yeast bread isn’t heavy or sweet. It’s actually begging to be toasted with a touch of marmalade on top. Or left stale and used for French toast. Or maybe even toasted and used as the base for a chicken curry sandwich.  I took this in a little sweeter direction, but I love how versatile and lovely the result is. Enjoy!

yummiest orange bread recipe via The Kitchy Kitchen


Makes 2 loaves. 

  • 3 packets dry active yeast (6 3/4 teaspoons)
  • 1 cup lukewarm milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice (unstrained)
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • grated rind of 2 medium-sized oranges
  • 1 egg yolk, well-beaten
  • 4 cups bread flour, sifted twice
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted


For the orange bread:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Combine the yeast and lukewarm milk (not over 90 degrees or you might kill the yeast); mix well then stir in orange juice and grated rind, salt, sugar and beaten egg yolk.

3. Beat briskly until well blended. Let it sit for about 5 minutes, until quite bubbly.

4. Gradually stir in the flour, mixing thoroughly after each addition. Place upon lightly floured board and knead for one minute.

5. Turn the dough into a greased mixing bowl, cover, and let rise to double its bulk in a warm spot in the kitchen. Now punch down the dough and knead a half minute.

6. Divide dough into two equal parts, shape into loaves, place in greased lined loaf pans, and allow to rise to double in bulk.

7. Brush tops with melted butter and bake in the oven for one hour, until golden brown on top.

8. Remove from pans and top with glaze (recipe below). Serve warm and thinly sliced.

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For the blood orange glaze (You can use regular oranges too!):

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons blood orange juice
  • 1 blood orange, zested


Whisk everything together to desired texture. Add more powdered sugar to thicken, and juice to thin. If the glaze hardens over, just stir to loosen it up.

orange bread via Claire Thomas of The Kitchy Kitchen

Trust me when I say that this recipe is one that you’ll want on hand for years to come.

Will you be trying this orange bread recipe for yourself?

Let me know if you do in the comments!

Xx Claire
The Kitchy Kitchen

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