Orange Loaf


2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ cup chopped walnuts (Optional)
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup white sugar
½ cup butter or margarine
2 large eggs
½ cup fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon grated orange zest
½ cup orange juice
¼ cup white sugar


-Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan. Stir flour, baking powder, nuts, and salt together in a bowl.

-Beat 1 cup sugar and butter together in a separate large bowl until fluffy; beat in eggs one at a time. Stir in 1/2 cup orange juice and orange zest. Pour in flour mixture, and stir until moistened; transfer into prepared loaf pan.

-Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean, about 1 hour. Remove loaf from oven, but not from pan.

-Combine 1/2 cup orange juice with 1/4 cup sugar in a small saucepan. Heat and stir to dissolve sugar. Spoon glaze over hot loaf. Let stand in pan for 10 minutes before removing loaf to a rack to cool.

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