Moist and delicious Blood Orange Turmeric Loaf, made with anti-inflammatory turmeric powder and fresh squeezed blood orange juice. Delicious new brunch favorite.
In our home citrus is King!
Lemons, limes, tangerines, tangelos, pomelos, grapefruits, oranges, you name it, if it’s citrus we love it and eat it. I purchased a big bag of blood oranges the other day, but I didn’t want to just juice them or use them in a smoothie. What could I make?
The answer came to me while flipping through a very old Bon Appetite magazine in which I came across a picture of a lemon pound cake. I decided to make a Blood Orange Turmeric Loaf, another way to get more turmeric in my diet, while using these sweet juicy blood oranges in something other than a juice or smoothie. No I don’t recommend eating this everyday, but for those special times with friends and family, moderation not deprivation.
The loaf itself is not super sweet, it’s the topping that’s sweet with a slightly tart flavor. Blood oranges are less acidic than other oranges and their flavor is more like raspberries or strawberries. So I used quite a bit of the zest in the glaze to give it more tartness. I made this recipe three times before getting it right and on the third time round I decided to add a streusel topping and it gives this loaf a tender crunch.
This is dense, moist and oh so delicious loaf and the pretty all natural pink color of the glaze screams spring. The next time you’re in the grocery or better yet make a special trip and get yourself some blood oranges and make this one so you can invite some friends over for a potluck brunch. Tell them you’ve got the sweet loaf covered.
- 6 to 7 blood oranges
- 2 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1 cup all-natural cane sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
- ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
- ¾ cup non-dairy milk or regular milk if not vegan
- ½ cup blood orange juice
- ¼ cup club soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1½ tablespoon blood orange zest
- STREUSEL TOPPING
- ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
- ⅓ cup turbinado sugar
- 2 tablespoons vegan butter (Earth Balance is what I used)
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon blood orange juice
- 1½ teaspoon blood orange zest
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and lightly oil loaf pan with a non-stick cooking spray and line with parchment paper making sure to leave extra paper on the end to make it easier to remove loaf from the pan later.
- Wash your oranges thoroughly.
- When preparing to zest use a microplane if you can, it is the best tool to use when zesting because it has fine holes and you will be able to zest only the zest and not the bitter white membrane. If you do not have a microplane you can use a small hole grater.
- Grate the oranges from end to end over a small bowl, cover and set aside.
- Now slice the oranges in half and use a reamer or citrus squeezer to juice the orange into a small bowl, cover a set aside.
- In a large bowl measure out the flour, baking powder, baking soda, turmeric powder, and salt, whisk to remove any lump.
- In a smaller bowl combine milk, orange juice, club soda, vanilla and zest.
- In another small bowl mix together the flour, turbaned sugar and vegan butter using the back of a fork until it resembles crumbs, cover and set aside.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix using a hand-held mixer. Mix until well combined.
- Transfer to prepared loaf pan and sprinkle the streusel over the top of the batter.
- Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until loaf bounces back when pressed gently with finger.
- While loaf is cooling, mix together the powdered sugar, orange juice and zest until smooth.if it's too stiff after mixing add in small amounts of the orange juice and mix until the desired consistency is reached.
- Remove loaf from the pan and place on serving dish. drizzle with glaze, slice and serve.
- Have fun and enjoy!
If you make this recipe or a version of it, take a picture and share with me on Instagram, tag it #thewholeserving or leave a comment below. I’d love to see your version of this Blood Orange Turmeric Loaf.