This is the best blueberry orange bread with walnuts out there and goes perfect with a cup of coffee and good friends. And who doesn't like good friends? And great coffee with an awesome slice of good sweet bread? Made by you. Yes, you! From scratch.
This sweet bread is a lovely thing to serve for your next coffee gathering. Not planning a coffee gathering? Well, maybe you should.
Why you should try this recipe
Baking is fun when you have decent recipes and the right attitude. And you are in the right place, the place where you can find easy recipes, made from scratch that do not look like a darkened abyss, recipes that you can trust.
Why? Because I make them often, I was in your shoes, and like you, I love a good, decent recipe that comes out right every time I make it. (read more about why I cook and bake the way I do)
So, let's bake together. This recipe is easy and delicious, but before we start making it, I want to give you a few tips for it.
- All-purpose flour- Some asked me if they can use whole wheat flour instead of all purpose flour. Yes, you can. You can substitute whole wheat flour for all or part of the all-purpose flour. I suggest you start with a small portion and if you like the result, you can increase the amount of whole wheat flour next time.
- Granulated sugar
- Baking powder
- Medium orange (juice squeezed and zest grated)- Orange juice and zest are used in this recipe, but if you don't have any, lemon or other citrus fruit is perfectly acceptable.
- Vegetable oil
- Fresh or frozen blueberries -*I used frozen blueberries, but fresh are also good. If you do not have any, use fresh or frozen cranberries, cut into halves.
- Chopped walnuts or pecans
How to make the bread
I hope that by now, you have all the ingredients you need. Gather them together and start measuring them while you preheat the oven.
You will need a 9x5 inch loaf pan. Use some butter or oil to grease it. Set it aside.
In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, and baking powder. Zest an orange(or lemon, if you choose to use one instead) and set it aside.
Squeeze the orange into a measuring cup and add enough water to measure ¾ cup of liquid, in case the orange juice is not enough to fill up the ¾ cup.
Mix orange juice with egg, oil, and orange zest and whisk well until well blended. Add the liquid to the flour mixture and stir until everything is moistened.
This is the time to add the blueberries and the chopped nuts.
Tip for chopping the nuts: To make your experience painless, measure your walnuts (or any nuts you would use- works for any recipe) and place them into a zip-top plastic bag. Roll with the rolling pin until the nuts are crushed the way you want them.
Place the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake it until the loaf is golden brown on top. (Read the recipe below)
Remove the loaf from the pan and allow it to cool completely before slicing.
This blueberry orange bread with walnuts can be frozen for later use. One option is to freeze the entire loaf after wrapping it in parchment paper and placing it in a freezer bag.
The second option is to slice the bread and wrap each piece individually.
Most loaves of bread are good for up to 3 months in the freezer.
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Suggested items for this recipe
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan.
- Grab a large bowl and stir together flour, sugar, baking powder.
- Grate the zest of your orange and set it aside.
- Squeeze the orange juice into a measuring cup and add just enough water to measure ¾ cup of liquid.
- Grab a smaller bowl, pour orange juice into it, and add the grated orange zest, egg, and vegetable oil.
- Whisk well until well blended.
- Add the juice mixture to the flour mixture and stir just until everything is moistened.
- Stir in the blueberries and chopped walnuts. Mix just until combined.
- Scoop batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until the loaf is golden brown on top and passes the toothpick test.
- Remove loaf from the baking pan and let cool completely before slicing.
- It tastes better if you wrap it in foil and let it sit overnight.
- Makes one loaf of sweet bread.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 240Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 48mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 2gSugar: 20gProtein: 4g