Less is more - Orange Bread

As a rule the words 'low calorie' draw my immediate and unwavering attention to a recipe but when they precede the words cake, cookie or quick bread, I do a happy jig and start preheating the oven :-)

This recipe for orange bread is from an issue of Cooking Light and has no butter. Yes you read that right - no butter. This absence is not substituted by a lot of oil; just 1 tablespoon.

Now one wouldn't necessarily tweak a recipe that sounds so good does it? But I couldn't resist myself. I used a mix of whole wheat flour and all purpose and reduced the sugar. Then I began to worry that I had experimented too much. I know, I am weird that way.

The bread still rose beautifully and tasted great, especially the crunchy coconut. Perfect for brunch, afternoon snack or whenever you wish to nibble on something sweet.


(makes one 9 x 5-inch loaf)
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tbsp canola oil
1/4 cup milk
1 (8 oz.) carton orange yogurt
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup + 1 tbsp flaked, sweetened coconut
2 tsp grated orange rind
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease loaf pan. Combine sugar, oil and egg in a bowl and whisk till smooth. Stir in yogurt and milk.

Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup and level with a knife (as opposed to scooping from container). Combine flour, coconut, orange rind, baking soda and salt. Make a well in the centre and add milk mixture.

Stir until just moist. Spoon batter into greased 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of coconut on top. Bake at 350°F for 40-45 minutes or until tester inserted in the centre comes out clean.

Cool in pan for 10 minutes. Cut in slices and serve (it's divine warm and topped with a little orange marmalade :-))

* Original recipe calls for 1 cup sugar
* Using whole wheat flour will yield a denser bread
* Since I didn't find an 8oz. carton of orange yogurt I used 6oz. orange yogurt plus 2oz. vanilla yogurt

Entry for - WBB # 7/ Baking for Breakfast hosted by Nandita of Saffron Trail



Blogger Nabeela said...

oh you are far too good for me :)...I always get excited when a cake or bread recipe uses 2 sticks of butter...somehow it makes me feel it'll definitely come out great.
The bread looks very wholesome and the pictures, as always, are very nice

6:39 PM  
Blogger Lakshmi said...

so good, will definately try this, a nice one for kids lunch box menu, Ashwini.

7:42 PM  
Blogger Anjali Koli said...

Wow this sounds so good and healthy. I'm a veg and mostly substitute egg with curd in baking. Will try this recipe without egg.

11:38 PM  
Blogger Pooja said...

Hi Ashwini,
thanks for dropping by my blog.
orange bread is so original idea, i loved it.
Just wanted to inform you that as on my blog, for this , Vegetable of the Week is - spinach & fenugreek, you acna also be a part of that by publishing your post there.
As i just saw your nice recipe of fenugreek zunka, thought to inform you about that.
thanks for your nice words for my idea of vegetable of the week.
Stay tuned

10:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Ashwini,

thanks for visiting my blog..the orange bread is great.I was looking for something to bake today but could find nothing taht satisfied my mind..gues I will be baking this one tomorrow...:-)

11:04 AM  
Blogger FH said...

No butter and an Orange bread! You made my day,Aswini:)

Very creative and great recipe.Thank you sweetie.Good one.

11:07 AM  
Blogger Krithika said...

Bread looks delicious !

11:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ashwini,
A great looking bread.I can imagine the combination of orange yogurt and orange zest with coconut .I was reading the quote "I never worry about diets..." and found the no butter orange bread post. What a comedy?:->>

12:03 PM  
Blogger Vaishali said...

A definitely need a slice of this seriously low-cal bread after my butter-laden cookies. Oh God, now I realise how much fat I ended up consuming just because I wanted to try out that recipe. Thanks for bringing me back to reality, Ashwini. :)

1:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The bread loaf looks beautiful. Never tasted an orange flavored bread. Sounds delicious.

1:57 PM  
Blogger Ashwini said...

Nabeela - I have to be a good girl once in a while. Key word - once!

Lakshmi, Anjali, Vini, Asha, Krithika, RP - thanks

Pooja - will send my entry to you

Lakshmi - ironic isnt it?!!

Vaish - oh come on... those cookies of yours were just too delicious to feel guilty about ;-)

2:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, the bread sounds, looks and I bet tastes healthy and delish !!!

Good one there.

to-do-recipe = to-do-recipe+1 :(


3:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This looks really interesting, NO butter and No yeast! Now this is the kind of bread recipe I can atleast attempt! ;o)

4:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'orange bread' hmmm? that's a new one for me!! Looks fantastic!

4:14 PM  
Blogger Ranjini said...

Appetizingly, lip-smackingly delish, girl! :) Was here, and thought I'd have you know.


4:25 PM  
Blogger Ashwini said...

Myth - so good to have you (and your funny comments!) amongst us again...where have you been?

Meena - call it a cake and then start baking ;-)

Nalini - thanks

Ranjini - aha... good to see your paw print here. Cheers

5:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow...looks lovely. Thanks for sharing dear

5:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cake without butter!!!!!! Unimaginable..... but it doesnt look that dry as well!!! Great recipe Ashwini!!!

6:23 PM  
Blogger Sri said...

A butter free bread..Wow!!!I never baked a bread before,this one is in my list of to-do's.Thanks for sharing the recipe Ashwini.

6:23 PM  
Blogger Shah cooks said...

Love the way the oranges peek into the photo, almost as if they were not mean to be there.Wonderful!and very healthy recipe too.

10:38 PM  
Blogger Mandira said...

Love the idea ashwini. I have been looking for recipes without yeast... I even have oranges at home :) will try this one for sure.

1:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I made the Khichuri today and it is fantastic..Thanks for sharing this recipe

1:46 PM  
Blogger USHA said...

Wow! no butter+only 1tsp of oil???
Should try denfinately, that too orange flavour. I can feel taste now itself.

Thanks for sharing your creativeness.

1:51 PM  
Blogger Ashwini said...

Thanks girls! Let me know if any of you try it out

Shankari - so glad you liked khichuri. Its one comforting dish isnt it?

2:01 PM  
Blogger Meeta K. Wolff said...

Thank god - no yeast!! Now I can give it a try. It does sound very tempting. My mum used to bake an Orange cake and I still have the frutiy flavor of that on the back of my tongue so this recipe brings back a few cool memories.

3:25 PM  
Blogger Anupama said...

Ash i just went to Sainsbury's yesterday and managed to draw up an awefully high bill buying all the things on my grocery shopping list and many more which were not on my list too. But now after reading your recipe I just have to go back and buy that orange yogurt and sweetened coconut. shall I send you the bill? (wide grin)

4:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That loaf is just so tempting! What do you think of experimenting further and using just the egg-white? Would that be pushing it? One more recipe to try over the Christmas holidays! I'll let you know what happens if I use just the egg-white. ;-)

11:59 PM  
Blogger Ashwini said...

Meeta - this is a quick bread so no yeast. The orange rind gives a nice flavor.

Anupama - about sending me the bread when you bake it instead? :-D

Manisha - You know I actually wanted to omit the egg completely (using corn starch or banana) but chickened out because I though the ww flour would make it too dense. But the egg white sounds doable. And you know what else would be a good idea? A tiny bit of walmuts. If you do use nuts though, I think 1 cup sugar would be better.
The bread is perfect for the holidays... would love to know how yours turned out with egg white. Happy baking :-)

9:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I made orange bread this sunday. My first bread-making experience - SUCCESS ! YAY !!
I added some chopped walnuts too. My guests loved it. Will be making it again.

8:31 PM  
Blogger Praba Ram said...

Hi Ashwini -

Great recipe! Will certainly give it a shot. Love your blog.


10:50 PM  
Blogger Ashwini said...

Allison - I definitely want to check the cranberry bread out. Thanks for visiting FFT

Priya - yay indeed :-) So glad you and your guests liked it. Since you tried the walnuts and they tasted great I am going to do the same next time

Prabha - Thanks, let me know when you try it

10:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha! Can't believe you suggested walnuts! I can't do tiny bit of walnuts. I did lots of walnuts. It was excellent! Take a peek whenever you get a breather from the 60+ entries you are organizing for the round-up!!

2:13 AM  
Blogger Ashwini said...

I did...the bread looks gorgeous Manisha. So glad yours turned out great. I am going to use egg white next time too. Sorry about the reaction to walnuts - but I absolutely share your sentiments about "lots of walnuts" ;-)

10:59 AM  

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