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Orange Nut Bread & Cream Cheese Spread

"This bright sweet bread was my mother's favorite, especially paired with coffee or tea." Karen Sue Garback-Pristera Albany, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    3 mini loaves (6 slices each) and 1 cup spread


  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in extracts.
  • Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; add to creamed mixture alternately with orange juice. Fold in walnuts.
  • Transfer to three greased 5-3/4x3x2-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
  • In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, orange juice, confectioners' sugar and orange zest until well blended. Chill until serving. Serve with bread.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 213 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 175mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • newrecipejunkie
    Mar 29, 2014

    This was delicious! I didn't have any cream cheese so I didn't make the spread but will the next time I make this bread again...possibly with Easter dinner? Also wanted to say that I did not put in any nuts due to allergies and that didn't seem to change the texture, etc. at all.

  • courtrenee
    Apr 10, 2013

    I love this recipe and have made it often, always to rave reviews!

  • angelasandoval
    Apr 2, 2011

    Used the exact ingredients but used the quick bread method (mix dry ingredients, melted butter and mixed w/ rest of liquid ingredients, stirred liquid into dry) and made into muffins. Delicious and the orange cream cheese really complimented the muffins! Next time though, I think I'll add an extra tablespoon of confectioner's sugar to the cream cheese.

  • smusleh
    Mar 4, 2011

    Delicious. I used the juice and pulp from two oranges, and 1/4 tsp of orange peel in place of the extract. Then I baked it all in a 9x5 pan for 1 hour. Whole family loved it and I will definitely be making it again!

  • lapicazo
    Jul 1, 2010

    Made muffins with this recipe. Grandkids really like it. Didn't make the cream cheese spread. Very easy to make.

  • anisson
    Feb 18, 2010

    I really liked this bread but wasn't crazy about the cream cheese spread. I liked it best by itself. I didn't have orange extract so I used almond extract instead. I also used fresh squeezed orange juice, pulp included. It turned out yummy.

  • andrrea
    Feb 6, 2010

    I made this recipe for my family, they loved it, I did use orange peel instead of the orange extract and it came out great. Will definately make it again

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    Feb 3, 2010


  • ckelley116
    Feb 3, 2010

    Oh my goodness...this is such a good recipe! I changed nothing except I made muffins out of them (didn't have the proper size loaf pans and muffins are easier to grab on the way out the door to work - I baked for 25 minutes and got 6 large muffins) and used pecans instead of walnuts due to personal preference. I wanted to make the cream cheese but found that my husband had been dipping into the package I bought for recipes, so I couldn't. I'll definitely try it next time, but even without the spread it was so moist and delicious! I imagine these will be gone soon - I'll just have to double next time!

  • ldavismst
    Feb 2, 2010

    I made these for my Grandson for breakfast this morning in my Mini Muffin tin and they came out great just as they were. I baked them for 15 minutes. I did not make the cream cheese spread to go on top and they were good without it. He even took a couple to school for recess.