Print Options

Back to Raisin Orange Bread >

Include these items:

Taste of Home Logo

Raisin Orange Bread

 Raisin Orange Bread
I've won many blue ribbons over the years with this recipe. No doubt my daughters will pass on the tradition and bake this bread for their own families.
32 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 45 min.


  • 5 to 5-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 5 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups raisins
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts


  • In a bowl, combine 2 cups flour, sugar, orange peel, yeast, salt and
  • ginger. In a saucepan, heat milk, butter and water to
  • 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat just until
  • moistened. Add eggs; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on high
  • for 3 minutes. Stir in raisins. Stir in enough remaining flour to
  • form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth
  • and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place dough in a greased bowl,

2 of 2

Raisin Orange Bread (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place
  • until doubled, about 1-1/4 hours.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a floured surface; knead for 1 minute.
  • Cover and let rest 15 minutes. Divide in half. Roll each portion
  • into a 9-in. x 7-in. oval; fold in half lengthwise. Pinch edges to
  • seal. Place in two greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pans. With a sharp
  • knife, make three 1/4-in.-deep diagonal slashes across top of each
  • loaf. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Bake at 375° for 45-50 minutes or until golden brown. Cover
  • loosely with foil after 20 minutes to prevent over browning. Remove
  • from pans to wire racks to cool. For glaze, combine the sugar,
  • orange juice and butter until smooth. Stir in walnuts. Spread over
  • loaves. Yield: 2 loaves.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 168 calories, 5 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 23 mg cholesterol, 151 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.