- 1/ 2 cups neutral oil
- 3/ 4 cups granulated sugar
- 1 6oz. container of full fat orange or vanilla yogurt, at room temperature
- 1 7oz. bottle of orange or vanilla yogurt smoothie drink, at room temperature
- 1 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoons vanilla extract
- 2 eggs, at room temperature
- Zest and juice of 3 blood oranges, divided
- 2 cups cups of all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/ 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/ 2 salt
Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a 9x5 loaf pan with parchment paper and cooking spray.
For the bread: In a large bowl, whisk the oil and sugar, then the yogurt, yogurt drink, honey and extract. Next, mix in the eggs. Add half of the juice to the mixture. Gather the dry ingredients, adding the flour, baking powder, soda and salt. Gently stir the ingredients until the lumpy batter forms (do not over mix). Add in the remaining juice to create a swirl effect. Spread the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for approximately 50-55 minutes or until golden, rotating the pan in the oven halfway through the baking time, and covering with foil during the last ten minutes. Remove from the bread from the oven. Release from the loaf after 10 minutes of resting in the pan and set on a cooling rack until room temperature.
Store in the refrigerator. Best eaten the same day or within 1-2 days of making the recipe.
Blood Orange Glaze
- 1 3/ 4 cups of sifted confectioners’ sugar
- 1/ 8 teaspoons salt
- Zest and juice of 1 blood orange
- 2-4 tablespoons of milk, more if needed
- Optional decoration: colorful nonpareil sprinkles and 1 additional sliced blood orange
Blood Orange Glaze
For the glaze: Prepare a sheet pan with parchment paper and top with a cooling rack. In a medium bowl, stir together confectioners’ sugar, salt, zest, juice and milk. The glaze consistency should be thick but pourable. Add more milk if needed. Place room temperature bread on top of the cooling rack. Glaze the bread. While the glaze is still wet, sprinkle with the optional sprinkles and orange slices. See the Notes section for additional decorating tips. Allow the glaze to set, about 1 hour.
It’s important to take the extra step of sifting the confectioners’ sugar in the Blood Orange Glaze through a fine mesh strainer. Some bakers even double sift! Confectioners’ sugar absorbs moisture from the air, forming lumps that can affect the texture of the glaze. Once sifted, the sugar will create a smooth consistency when combined with the juice.
Optional decoration: Slice the blood orange into 1/8” rounds, leaving the rinds intact. You may top the Yogurt Blood Orange Sweet Bread with simple slices. For the hearts shown in the picture, use the 1/8” rounds and a very sharp knife to punch decorative shapes as shown in the pictures with the small center insert from a Linzer Cookie Cutter set. Delicately help shape the hearts with the knife as you cut into the 1/8” rounds. Set the slices on a paper towel while the Yogurt Blood Orange Sweet Bread bakes and cools, to dry them out. They should not omit juice once dried for several hours.