Orange and Poppy Seed Drizzle Loaf
Are you looking for a delicious and refreshing treat to enjoy with your afternoon tea? Look no further than this mouthwatering Orange and Poppy Seed Drizzle Loaf. Bursting with citrusy flavors and a delightful crunch from the poppy seeds, this loaf is the perfect balance of sweet and tangy. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or just starting out, this recipe is simple to follow and guaranteed to impress your friends and family. So, let’s get baking!
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- ¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- ½ cup buttermilk
- 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
Step 1: Preparing the Loaf
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease a loaf pan with butter or cooking spray.
In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
Step 2: Creaming the Butter and Sugar
In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. This can be done using an electric mixer or by hand with a wooden spoon.
Step 3: Adding the Wet Ingredients
Beat in the eggs, one at a time, ensuring each egg is fully incorporated before adding the next. Add the orange zest, orange juice, and buttermilk, and mix until well combined.
Step 4: Incorporating the Dry Ingredients
Gently fold in the dry ingredients into the wet mixture until just combined. Be careful not to overmix, as this can result in a dense loaf.
Once the batter is well mixed, add the poppy seeds and fold them in gently.
Step 5: Baking the Loaf
Pour the batter into the greased loaf pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Bake in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Step 6: Drizzling the Loaf
While the loaf is still warm, prepare the drizzle by combining ¼ cup of freshly squeezed orange juice with ¼ cup of granulated sugar. Stir until the sugar has dissolved.
Poke several holes on the top of the loaf using a toothpick or skewer, and slowly pour the drizzle over the loaf, allowing it to soak in.
Step 7: Serving
Allow the loaf to cool completely in the pan before removing and slicing. Serve with a cup of tea or coffee for a delightful treat.
Now that you have the recipe for this delectable Orange and Poppy Seed Drizzle Loaf, it’s time to put on your apron and get baking. Enjoy the tantalizing aroma that will fill your kitchen and savor each bite of this moist and flavorful loaf. Happy baking!