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Recipe: Orange clementine bread is tangy and terrific

Tiny orange Clementines are tasty and sweet. But what can you do with them, after they become a little too soft?

First, what is a Clementine?

Tiny citrus cuties, Clementines are actually hybrids of mandarin oranges and sweet oranges. Easy to peel, they are popular lunchbox treats and on-the-go snacks. Most often, the family can go through an entire bag of Clementines pretty quickly.  But occasionally, a few may remain long enough to become a bit mushy and misshapen.

What happens then?

I can’t stand throwing out my Clementines. So I make this delicious quick bread recipe, which includes fresh-squeezed Clementine juice and Clementine orange zest.

Orange clementine bread is a family favorite. I’ve also taken it to book groups, potlucks, and picnics.

I’ve had a few requests for my Orange Clementine Bread recipe. So here it is.

First, preheat the oven to 350 (F) degrees. Grease and flour a loaf-sized baking pan. (Reduce oven to 325 (F) degrees, if using a glass loaf pan.)

Next, gather the ingredients:

  • 2 cups of flour (I like to use 1 1/2 cups of white flour and 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour.)
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt (I pick sea salt.)
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1Tablespoon of Clementine orange zest
  • 1/2 cup of Clementine orange juice (Hand-squeezing, this takes 10-12 Clementines.)
In a large measuring cup (or medium bowl), combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.

Beat butter and sugar together in a countertop stand mixer (or in a large bowl with an electric hand mixer). Add eggs one at a time, beating well. Fold in Clementine orange zest and Clementine orange juice. Blend well.

Pour the entire mixture into the loaf pan.

Bake 50-55 minutes (Baking times may vary.). Let Orange Clementine Bread cool in the loaf pan before turning it out to a platter or bread board for cutting and serving.

Top with a simple glaze, once completely cooled, if desired.

NOTE:  In a pinch, regular orange juice and pre-packaged orange zest may be substituted for the fresh-squeezed Clementine juice and zest.

Adapted by this user
from public domain images

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