Orange Blueberry Bread

This recipe is a great one to bake ahead if you are having guests for breakfast, or it also makes a good snack anytime with coffee.  After the bread is baked, the topping is poured on while the bread is hot.

Orange Blueberry Bread

2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup boiling water
1/2 cup orange juice
3 teaspoons grated orange zest
1 egg
1 cup sugar
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup blueberries

2 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
2 tablespoons honey

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Spray a large loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Place 2 tablespoons butter and 1/4 cup water in a small saucepan.

Bring to a boil, until butter is melted.

Next, we'll need 1/2 cup orange juice and 3 teaspoons grated orange zest.

After the orange zest is grated and the juice is measured stir them into the melted butter mixture and set aside.

Then in a mixing bowl, combine 1 egg and 1 cup sugar. Beat together until light and fluffy.

In a separate bowl, combine 2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Whisk dry ingredients together.

Add dry ingredients to egg mixture alternately with orange mixture. The last item to add to the batter is 1 cup of blueberries, fresh or frozen. Do not thaw the blueberries if they are frozen. Gently fold the blueberries into the batter.

Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Bake in preheated oven about one hour and 10 minutes.

While the bread is baking, assemble the ingredients that are needed for the topping.

We need 2 tablespoons orange juice, 1 teaspoon grated orange zest, and 2 tablespoons honey. Mix ingredients together.

When bread is done, remove from oven.

Pour topping mixture over hot bread until bread is coated with the topping.

Turn bread out of pan on a wire rack to cool before slicing.

This bread smells so good while it is baking. The orange aroma and flavor along with the blueberries share the spotlight in this bread.

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