Orange Nut Bread

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Orange nut bread is an old-fashioned Amish recipe that you need to try ASAP. Whether you’re new to making bread or an old hat at it, you can put this easy bread recipe together in just over one hour.

A loaf of bread that is cut open.
This sweet and savory bread is one of our many easy Amish recipes.

About this

This orange nut bread is sweet and savory bread that is similar to coffee cake. In both how you serve it and how it tastes.

An open cookbook.

Nonetheless, bread recipes and desserts hold a place in my heart that are home to no others. This orange nut bread is a little of both.

Steak, seafood, good spirits  and the such all have their special place in my being too.  But breads and the like, well, they’re king of the hill to my palate.

Close up of orange nut bread.

And so, I reached for one of my family’s treasured  holy books, The Mennonite Community Cookbook.

Somehow Providence took me directly to the book of Breads, page 20, and I read the verse Orange Nut Bread.  I knew it was meant to be.

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Orange Nut Bread

5 from 1 vote
A simple homemade Amish bread recipe that anyone can make.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Yield: 12 people


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1.5 cups milk
  • 1 tbsp grated orange peel
  • 3 tbsp melted shortening
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.  Mix well.
  • In another bowl, combine milk, beaten egg, and shortening, and add to flour mixture.  Fold in orange peel and nuts.  Pour into oiled 4 x 8 inch loaf pan.  Bake for 1 hour.


  • Combine some cream cheese, juice from an orange, vanilla, and powdered sugar.  Serve as a spread to this bread.
  • This bread is well paired with coffee or tea.
  • Don’t be afraid to double or triple the amount of orange peel, I probably used 3 tablespoons. in this loaf.
  • Bake for a full hour.  I took this loaf out at 55 minutes based on a darkening crust on top which I took as a sign of being completely done.  It could have used five more minutes.


Calories: 246kcal, Carbohydrates: 39g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 17mg, Sodium: 578mg, Potassium: 101mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 14g, Vitamin A: 70IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 46mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Bread
Cuisine: Amish
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  1. Im thinking you meant to include the juice of an orange to the ingredient list? This sounds delicious and may be the base for my new fruitcake!

    1. Hi Janis and thanks for the question. There is no orange juice in this recipe, I’m sure you could incorporate some for added flavor into your fruitcake. Let us know the results!

  2. I knew that cookbook looked familiar before I even got to the description! I have a couple of oranges in my fridge for some long-forgotten purpose. This looks like an easy and delicious way to use them.

  3. From one carb lover and sweet tooth to the next, this looks lovely – I especially like that it’s closer to coffee cake than bread!

  4. I love the simple ingredients in this! It really looks so tasty. I’m a carbaholic as are not alone 🙂

    1. Ashley,
      Thanks for the comments. I always believe that often if not most times, simple is absolutely still the best! Have a great weekend.

  5. Hi, Dan!

    I am not a carboholic but I have a couple at my house who would adore your pretty orange loaf. Pinning on my Recipes to Try board, to see if I’m right. 🙂