Orange Yogurt Bread Recipe

Orange Yogurt Bread

Wow, it’s been a while hasn’t it?

Well here’s a really good recipe to help us get back into the swing of things! I had planned on creating lots of new citrus recipes this past season, and I did get a few put together, but this last one comes straight from a cookbook. I did actually try making my own version of an orange yogurt bread but it wasn’t nearly as good as the one I’m about to share with you.

The Taste of Home Baking Book is one of the many cookbooks I picked up during my ‘welcome back to the states’ shopping sprees. I like this book because it is designed to be used. It’s hardcover and ring-bound so the cookbook will lie open flat on the counter making it easy to read while preparing a recipe. The pages are also removable in case you don’t want to have the entire book out. But what’s really great about this book is that it’s filled with photos and good general information about baking in addition to tons of wonderful recipes.

This Orange Yogurt Bread is the first recipe I tried from the book but I’ve already bookmarked several others. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Orange Yogurt Bread 2

Orange Yogurt Bread

2/3 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 to 3 teaspooons orange juice

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add yogurt, orange juice and peel. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well.

3. Pour into a greased 9-in. x 5-in. x 3-in. loaf pan. Bake at 350° for 55-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean (cover loosely with foil if top browns too quickly). Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to wire rack to cool completely.

4. For glaze, combine confectioners’ sugar and enough orange juice to achieve desired consistency. Drizzle over cooled bread.

Recipe notes: I followed this recipe closely. The only change I made was to grate an extra teaspoon of orange zest and add it to the glaze. I also poked holes in the top of the bread with a toothpick before spreading it with glaze. Make sure to check the bread early because the top did brown quickly. The bread freezes very well. I froze half the loaf by wrapping it in foil and then sealing it in a plastic freezer bag. It was still very moist and flavorful after defrosting.

Recipe source: The Taste of Home Baking Book

  1. Ruby

    Nicole I could eat that entire loaf in one sitting!! Looks delicious and I love lemon bread so I imagine that I will like orange just as much. The yogurt part sounds intriguing like it will make the bread really soft and yummy.
    It’s great to see you posting again.
    Thanks! I’ll probably try this in the next couple of days. 🙂

    5:52 pm  Mar 17th, 2008
  2. Whitney

    Your photos are always so beautiful, and this bread sounds delicious! Keep these great posts coming.

    6:29 pm  Mar 17th, 2008
  3. Gretchen Noelle

    Nicole, your blog was one of the ones I found and loved when I first started actually blogging. I have missed your posts and was so thrilled to see one come through my reader tonight. Your cake looks lovely and I am sure tastes delicious!

    6:58 pm  Mar 17th, 2008
  4. Claudia (cook eat FRET)

    this one is definitely bookmarked…

    8:35 pm  Mar 17th, 2008
  5. brilynn

    My aunt makes a wonderful fruit and yogurt loaf that is infinitely variable by switching the flavour of fruit and yogurt. It sounds as though this loaf could also be adapted in a similar way. Looks great!

    7:41 am  Mar 18th, 2008
  6. Deborah

    I’ve actually thought about buying that book. I have a few cookbooks that are ring bound, and I love them because if I’m making more than one recipe from the book, I don’t have to keep flipping back and forth – I can just take the pages out!!

    This bread sounds amazing!

    8:21 am  Mar 18th, 2008
  7. Nicole

    Ruby: What I love about this bread is the buttery flavor. The taste reminds me of pound cake but isn’t quite as heavy. You could easily turn this into a lemon bread if you want!

    Whitney: Thanks! I’ll do my best 😉

    Gretchen Noelle: Thanks! I think you’ll be hearing from me much more often now!

    Claudia: Cool! Let me know if you decide to make it later 🙂

    Brilynn: Yes, this could easily be adapted but I think I think I’d prefer to stick with citrus fruit of some kind. Lemon, lime or a combination would be really yummy!

    Deborah: I think the only other ring bound book I own is the Better Homes and Garden Cookbook which is actually the first cookbook I ever owned.

    8:38 am  Mar 18th, 2008
  8. Elle

    Oh, I make one a lot like this, but with strawberry yogurt. It IS like a poundcake, and it even gets better as it ages a bit. I love the idea of doing a citrus one, though, and yours looks fabulous! I also bought that exact book for my niece for Christmas, since she’s a budding baker, and it seemed like a good place for her to start. I should have picked one up for myself at the same time, lol.

    8:52 am  Mar 18th, 2008
  9. Patricia Scarpin

    Hi sweetie!
    What a delicious recipe, Nic. It looks so tender… Yum!

    9:38 am  Mar 18th, 2008
  10. Jason

    Maybe you could turn the glaze into an icing and use it to make lines and whatnot on top of the loaf.

    3:16 pm  Mar 18th, 2008
  11. Anali

    I love the citrus yogurt breads! I made a similar cake last year and loved it. So did my co-workers. I’ll have to make another! ; )

    8:17 am  Mar 19th, 2008
  12. Sarah

    Oh this looks sooooo moist and zippy. Must try it soon!!!

    9:08 am  Mar 19th, 2008
  13. mimi

    this looks so delicious! i’ve never made yogurt breads before, but i think this one is calling my name.

    9:17 am  Mar 19th, 2008
  14. Mandy

    I love anything with citrus,so this one is right up my alley. I think I will add a tablespoon of grand marnier into the bread when I make it. 🙂

    11:37 am  Mar 19th, 2008
  15. Nicole

    Elle: Mmmm…strawberry sounds good! Do you add fresh strawberries to the batter, too?

    Patricia: Yes, it was nice and tender. Thanks!

    Jason: Yes, I suppose that could be done 🙂

    Anali: I want to try it again soon with lemon instead of orange. The citrus and yogurt are a great combo!

    Sarah: Zippy! What a cute description 😉

    Mimi: I’ve made yogurt cake before but not bread. But I think this recipe is much closer to a cake than a bread anyway 🙂

    Mandy: Ooooh, grand marnier would be great!

    12:30 pm  Mar 19th, 2008
  16. Roni

    Ok, that’s just wrong!! Looks delicious!

    6:31 pm  Mar 20th, 2008
  17. Claudia (cook eat FRET)

    i am so totally making this
    sounds wonderful

    6:00 pm  Mar 21st, 2008
  18. Mary Coleman

    Glad to see you back!
    This looks divine and I’m most definitely making it soon!

    8:03 am  Mar 22nd, 2008
  19. michelle

    sounds delicious… i love breakfast breads and poundcakes. will definitely try 🙂


    3:15 pm  Mar 24th, 2008
  20. Eviedee

    This looks so moist and delicious!

    1:00 pm  Mar 26th, 2008
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  22. TBC

    Thanks so much for the recipe!
    Inspired your post, I made my own version with a couple of changes. I loved the bread and will be making it again for sure.
    Thanks again! 🙂

    10:15 am  Apr 1st, 2008
  23. TBC

    I meant to say ” inspired by your post” 🙂

    10:17 am  Apr 1st, 2008
  24. Fearless Kitchen

    This looks fabulous – and it’s easy to make with things that are already in my pantry. I’ll have to give it a try!

    9:07 am  Apr 2nd, 2008
  25. Lavonne Kearns

    I just made your pumpkin, walnut & cranberry muffins, they are delish!!! I will try this bread soon. This is my first time on your website. I like!

    6:20 pm  Apr 7th, 2008
  26. Sadhbh

    I throught the bread looked delicious so i made it, im not sure if it was my dodgy conversions to metric or if i cooked it wrong, but the bottom part didnt rise or cook fully!! such a pity cos the top was delicious!!

    5:46 am  Apr 8th, 2008
  27. Laurie


    This looks like a great recipe. To significantly lower the fat and calories and slightly increase the fiber, you can substitute applesauce for the butter and reduce the sugar by 1/4 cup without a noticeable difference. Try substituting 1 cup of whole wheat flour for 1 cup of white flour for increased fiber. The bread is now much more nutrititious and tastes great! You can also omit the salt as there are other levening agents and you won’t even notice the difference.

    12:07 pm  Apr 10th, 2008
  28. mahek

    This one is a sure sure try for me as all the ingredients are readily available in India

    11:52 am  Apr 11th, 2008
  29. Chuck

    That is so pretty, I bet it tastes as good as it looks too!

    11:36 pm  Apr 19th, 2008
  30. ranji

    first time here!!this mango yogurt bread looks soooo moist….really delicious…will definitely give it a try!!!

    1:23 pm  May 15th, 2008
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  32. Terri

    This recipe is so good! Next time I make it, I will soak all sides of the bread with the glaze. We had it like a shortcake with strawberries and whipped cream.
    It is also great toasted with butter for breakfast.

    8:23 pm  Jun 12th, 2008
  33. Deviled

    I think I’m going to use this recipe for the county fair! Thank you so much!

    9:50 pm  Jul 29th, 2008
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    Good site and splendid descriptions however much as I would love to try out your recipes, esp. this orange yogjurt bread the measurements are all in US imperial. do you plan future recipes in metric or a combination ?

    3:00 am  Sep 1st, 2008
  35. plug

    mmm yum that just looks so good.
    rather be eating that tan sleepng with my husband!!

    6:19 pm  Sep 7th, 2008
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    Very tasty!! Made it a little healthier by substituting 1/3 cup butter with 1/2 cup applesauce and 1 cup AP flour with white whole wheat flour!

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    I have to say that I just came across this recipe and LOVE it! I’ve made it twice and changed up the recipe both times (I added cranberries and used wheat flour) and it is delicious every time. I love your blog!

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