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Apple Orange Bread

I love to take advantage of the wonderful citrus fruits form our state. I made this orange bread for our church's Christmas bazaar bake sale, and it don't last long! —Norma Poole, Auburndale, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    3 loaves


  • 2 large tart apples, quartered
  • 1 large unpeeled orange, quartered
  • 1-1/2 cups raisins
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


  • In a blender or food processor, process apples, orange and raisins until finely chopped; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition; beat until light and fluffy. Beat in extract. Combine dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture alternately with orange juice. Stir in fruit mixture and nuts.
  • Pour into three greased 8x4-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 138 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 111mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • Lisa
    May 4, 2020

    There were a few apples and oranges going bad in the fridge so I looked for a recipe that used both - this is the only I found! I did have to make changes based on what I have, so it was 3 small apples and 2 large oranges, butter instead of shortening, and vanilla and almond extract instead of lemon. Oh, and I had no orange juice so I used 4 tbsp of lemon juice with 2 tbsp sugar mixed in 2/3 cup of water. My kitchen smells like Heaven. Somewhere between that carnival candy and funnel cake smell and at a carnival, mixed with lemonade and orange blossoms. Had to cook in 2 small spring form pans for 45 minutes, and both breads/cakes came out perfect. A LITTLE cream cheese frosting to top them off - these are not going to last more than 16 hours in this house. Thanks so much! :) <3

  • knollbrookcook
    Jan 29, 2018

    This was very good. Made a lot. I used butter instead of shortening and I didn't use any nuts since I was taking it to a church breakfast and no nuts are allowed there, due to allergies. My blender wouldn't chop the orange, apples and raisins so I ended up transferring it to my food processor to chop. Should have used the food processor in the first place!!! Will definitely make this loaf again.

  • sifdub
    Dec 6, 2015

    This is so good! I enjoyed smelling the flavor while it cooked. My husband came home from work and asked what I baked. He was hooked. So good . My sister is an expert baker. I gave her the recipe she enjoyed it also.

  • delowenstein
    Jul 26, 2011

    I have made this recipe and I really enjoyed making it, too! I admit that I did make adjustments on the recipe for my own tastes, but it is an excellent way to use up apples and oranges!

  • and2make4
    Oct 19, 2010

    I have made this bread many times and it is one of my favorites. The flavor is oustanding. I always make sure to purchase an organically grown orange.

  • Jessica2783
    Sep 30, 2010

    These are a nice hearty loaf, tasted great even though I forgot to add the lemon extract. I cut the recipe in half and made mini-loaves.

  • perfic1
    Sep 24, 2010

    I made these yesterday and making more today everyone loved it!!!!

  • Sharrie10
    Feb 2, 2010

    I used craisins instead of raisins. Make sure to wash apples and oranges thoroughly before making this. Very moist bread.