Blueberry Orange Bread

Blueberry orange bread is springtime in a loaf pan.  Sans pollen.

blueberry orange bread loaf

The Badger State is in full bloom, as are my eyes, and the photo below identifies some of the many gorgeous culprits to blame for my unpleasant appearance. The four flowering trees are two pear trees and two dwarf apple trees. They looked like this last March, before a nasty frost came and zapped every last blossom, rendering our fruit trees fruitless last year.

spring fruit trees in bloom

Thankfully, the warmer temperatures  and sunny skies are occurring in the correct month this year and have kicked off a flurry of pollen production.  While the burst of color and abounding sweet fragrance is uplifting, the floating fluffy white fluff can be quite a downer.  Pollen snow showers: the trigger that causes countless eyes across the country to blossom into oversize, watery welts. A minor inconvenience compared to what others are dealing with and a good reason to count my blessings as I reach for another tissue.

Chock full of plump blueberries with a hint of citrus, I forgot all about the pedometer when I cut myself a generous slice of blueberry orange bread.

slice of blueberry orange bread

Baking in between eye-dabbing was worth every bite.  I adapted this recipe from another blueberry orange bread recipe that I found among a collection of loose pages that at one time constituted a softbound cookbook. I would give credit where credit is due if I had the cover page, inside copyright page, or back cover. The pages I do have are 20+ years worn, stained with spills and splotches, but the recipes are still readable and include my family’s Easter breakfast delight (I’ll share it in a future post). Back to blueberry orange bread: I replaced the milk called for in the original recipe with orange juice, and opted to use a blend of whole wheat and white flour. I also omitted the salt since baking powder and baking soda contain plenty of sodium. Those changes, along with using frozen blueberries instead of fresh (or thawed and patted dry) give the bread a moist, chewy texture. Delicious to eat as is or use for French toast.  Enjoy!

Blueberry Orange Bread
Serves: 12
Sweet with a hint of citrus, blueberry orange bread is delicious on its own and makes terrific French toast!
  • 1½ Cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • ½ + ⅓ Cups sugar
  • ⅓ C unsweetened applesauce
  • ¼ C orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest (could substitute orange zest or omit entirely)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • ¼ Cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 Cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar for topping (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350F and grease a standard size loaf pan.
  2. Mix sugar, applesauce, orange juice, zest and eggs in a large mixing bowl until well blended.
  3. Stir in blueberries.
  4. Add remaining dry ingredients and mix gently to avoid crushing the blueberries.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  6. Sprinkle the tablespoon of sugar on top, if desired, to form a sweet crust.
  7. Bake 50-60 minutes or until bread tests done.




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