Orange Bread

You might remember that I have mentioned my grandmother in some previous posts (like the time she gave me her old recipe cards, or my love of her simple shortbread cookies). Nanny McNulty ('Nanny Mamulty' as my toddlers call her) passed away on Sunday night. As my sister posted on Facebook: "After 20 years apart, I wonder what Nanny and Grampy had for supper together last night?" 

It felt right to bake something of hers yesterday. This is my Nan's lemon bread recipe (except I didn't have a lemon yesterday, so it became orange bread). Baking from her handwriting (and guessing the amounts, temperatures, times when they aren't listed) feels like such gift.

6 Tblsp butter, softened
1 C white sugar 
2 eggs  
1/2 C milk 
2 Tblsp orange juice  
zest of one orange 
1 1/2 C flour 
1/2 tsp salt 
2 tsp baking powder 

3 Tblsp orange juice 
2 Tblsp white sugar 
Coarse sugar

Cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs and milk. Add citrus juice and zest and beat well. Combine dry ingredients and mix to combine with wet mixture. 

Pour into a greased loaf pan. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes. combine orange juice and sugar. Once  cooked, poke small holes in the top of loaf, and pour glaze on top. Sprinkle with coarse sugar (my addition, since I like the sparkle and the crunch. Nan was always a little more 'function over form' than I am.)

1 comment:

  1. You've inspired me to track down my own grammie's recipes - just emailed my aunt :)