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The Daring Bakers’ February 2012 host was – Lis! Lisa stepped in last minute and challenged us to create a quick bread we could call our own. She supplied us with a base recipe and shared some recipes she loves from various websites and encouraged us to build upon them and create new flavor profiles.

Epicurious’ definition of Quick Bread:

Bread that is made without any kneading or rising time is a quick bread. That's because the leavener in such a bread is usually baking powder or baking soda, which, when combined with moisture, starts the rising process immediately. In the case of double-acting baking powder, oven heat causes a second burst of rising power. Eggs can also be used to leaven quick breads. This genre includes most biscuits, muffins, popovers and a wide variety of sweet and savory loaf breads.

Here are few things we should follow for this challenge:

    * No yeast
    * Can’t take more than 1.5 hours to prepare and bake through.
    * Only loaves or muffins/popovers

Here is my version of quick bread.  This is a base recipe and you can add fruits, nuts and flavorings of your choice.  As I love oranges here is Fruit and Nut Orange Loaf.  You will be mesmerized by the aroma when you bake this... here you go...






Ingredients :

All purpose flour - 2 cups
Dried Fruits - 3/4 cup (I used California raisins, golden raisins, dried cranberries)
Nuts - 3/4 cup (I used chopped almonds, walnuts and pistachios)
Baking powder - 2 tsp
Eggs - 2
Yogurt - 1/4 cup
Butter - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 3/4 cup
Salt - 1/8 tsp
Zest of 1 orange
Orange Juice - from 1 orange   



1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.  I used 8 inch loaf pan.  Grease it with butter and dust it with flour.
2. in a large bowl sieve flour, baking powder and salt.
3. Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
4. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
5. Once they are mixed well add the vanilla and orange zest.
6. Add 1/2 of the flour mixture in the butter mixture, whisk well.
7. Stir in the orange juice and yogurt, followed by the remaining flour.
8. Once everything is mixed well. 
9. Stir in the fruits and nuts dusted with 1/4 tsp of flour.
10. Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan.
11. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes.  If the top of the bread is nicely browned after 30 minutes just close with aluminum foil to prevent over browning. 
12.  Test the loaf after 50 minutes with a toothpick to see if it’s done.
13. If the toothpick is not clean, bake for another 10 minutes.
14.  Once done, let it cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Transfer to wire rack and let it cool nicely.  This is very important to have neat slices. So patience is important here. Though I will never wait :):)


Enjoy the Fruit and Nut Orange loaf with coffee or tea!!!


Note :

1. You can also brush it with orange marmalade when the bread is hot.  This gives a glossy finish to the loaf.
2. You can also serve this bread with orange glaze which tastes so good.

Unknown  – (February 27, 2012 at 10:46 AM)  

Looks so soft and yum, beautiful loaf

berry lovely  – (February 27, 2012 at 11:03 AM)  

mmmm, your loaf looks really yummy!

Aarthi  – (February 27, 2012 at 12:27 PM)  

That looks delicious...


Priyanka  – (February 27, 2012 at 1:14 PM)  

Looks yummy....great flavour combo

Ambika  – (February 27, 2012 at 1:26 PM)  

Absolutely delicious! This loaf resembles the Britannia fruit bread that we get in India. I used to love that! I couldn't participate this time because my oven is behaving wierd, whatever I make doesn't get cooked in the bottom :( Can't bake until I get that repaired..

Plateful  – (February 27, 2012 at 2:45 PM)  

Beautiful shots, the loaf looks really tempting!

Charu Srivastava  – (February 27, 2012 at 3:05 PM)  

o my god...wt a perfect loaf....its so tempting....awesome clicks !!!

Anonymous –   – (February 27, 2012 at 5:49 PM)  

That kind of loaf would make my breakfast so delicious :)The candied orange looks interestingly dark in shade.

Poornima Nair  – (February 27, 2012 at 8:19 PM)  

Love how moist and soft that loaf looks. Fabulous!

divya  – (February 27, 2012 at 8:36 PM)  

Just looks awesome......very nice pics..... yum n delicious!

Joanna  – (February 27, 2012 at 8:54 PM)  

Sounds really, really good! Fabulous pictures!

Audax  – (February 27, 2012 at 9:57 PM)  

Your photos are so professional very elegant and they show off the food so well. That last picture is so beautiful. The orange version is my favourite. A wonderful job on this challenge. Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

The Betz Family  – (February 27, 2012 at 9:59 PM)  

Your bread looks beautiful! Nice job on the challenge!

chef and her kitchen  – (February 28, 2012 at 12:16 AM)  

very delicious loaf..I like these kind of simple ones rather than a cream loaded ones

Unknown  – (February 28, 2012 at 12:28 AM)  

Looks Soooper delicious n yummy...Keep up the good work...

Jeyashris Kitchen  – (February 28, 2012 at 8:53 AM)  

fantastic loaf , nicely clicked and well presented

Umm Mymoonah  – (February 28, 2012 at 9:35 AM)  

Beautiful texture and I love the smell of oranges in the loaf.

l  – (February 28, 2012 at 10:24 AM)  

Love the huge photos and your food styling. The cake also has the perfect crumb. Great gob!

Kanan Patel  – (February 28, 2012 at 11:19 AM)  

beautifully done. looks soft and I love the picture of glazed muffin
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Suganya  – (February 28, 2012 at 11:27 AM)  

Moist and fluffy looking bread. Nice presentation. Loved the texture of the bread. YUM!!!

Rachana  – (February 28, 2012 at 12:27 PM)  

The bread looks so pretty and yummy.

FewMinute Wonders  – (February 28, 2012 at 2:55 PM)  

Looks very delicious and such beautiful clicks.

Anonymous –   – (February 28, 2012 at 8:45 PM)  

hehehe... I'm just like you!! I never wait for the bread to cool. Once it's out of the oven, I snap a couple pictures and cut myself a huge slice. I always like to find out whether my baked goods are a success just as soon as I can!! Love your photography!! Great recipe and love dried fruits! mmmm

Raks  – (February 29, 2012 at 2:08 AM)  

Sounds really good pavi, loved the pictures as well. I always love fruity cakes :) Wish I could have a slice!

Renata  – (February 29, 2012 at 5:24 AM)  

I have an idea of how flavorful this loaf is! Wonderful shots too! Great job!

Reeni  – (February 29, 2012 at 6:40 PM)  

What a gorgeous loaf of bread! Orange is so wonderful in baked goods!

Katherine  – (March 1, 2012 at 4:07 AM)  

Daring Bakers challenges are always so fun! Your loaf looks exquisite and your photos are just gorgeous!  – (March 1, 2012 at 5:16 PM)  

nice space vth yumm n tasty recipes.n this looks just awesome.....perfectly done......

Unknown  – (March 2, 2012 at 3:29 PM)  

I guess this would be perfect cake for love of oranges, look fantastic so are your pic, just uplifting!!

Vijitha  – (March 3, 2012 at 12:48 AM)  

The bread loaf looks so addictive. And I am in love with your pictures. Recently I bought a small bought of blue paint from Home Depot, planning to paint them like the way you have done it.

Anu Nandu  – (March 20, 2012 at 12:10 AM)  

Pavi - Please move back here. I'll even pay your mortgage..haha

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