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.
Blood Orange Turmeric Loaf
- Prep Time: 20 mins
- Cook Time: 45 mins
- Total Time: 1 hour 5 mins
- Yield: 12 to 14 slices 1x
- 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
- 1 ½ 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
- 1 ½ 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 (Affiliate Link) 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!
- Serving Size: 2 oz. slice
- Calories: 208
- Sugar: 32.1
- Sodium: 206.3
- Fat: 0.7
- Saturated Fat: 0.3
- Carbohydrates: 48.5
- Fiber: 2.7
- Protein: 3.2
- Cholesterol: 0
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This loaf looks so moist and delicious! I am very curious about the turmeric and how it flavors the loaf. Is there a pronounced taste or is it more in the background and the orange flavor takes over? One teaspoon doesn't sound like a lot, but I know 1 teaspoon of cinnamon can flavor a loaf so maybe the turmeric can.
It's not a very pronounced flavor, the first time I made it I put too much in and it was overpowering. I only put in 1 teaspoon and the addition of the citrus gives it balance. I hope you give it a try.
Oh my goodness, this looks so amazing Celeste! I haven't had blood oranges in a while, this would be great to make! How genius to have it in a loaf!
The crunch on top is amazing.
Lynn Spencer says
Celeste...this looks and sounds divine. I am always looking for more ways to use turmeric and this way really intrigues me...usually don't see turmeric in sweets. But it is surely something that will gladly try. Now I need to head out and get some blood oranges. And as usual, your photography is lovely..
Many hugs and wishes for a lovely day, Lynn
I hope you like it, it's great with a cup of coffee or tea.
I would never have thought about combining tumeric and orange. Will have to try this out and then enjoy with a cuppa 🙂 # WAYWOW
I all come to gather beautifully, only use 1 teaspoon to turmeric, any more than that and it becomes too overpowering.
I hope you try and love.
Johlene Orton says
Tumeric and Blood Oranges together in one recipe.. I just love it!! This loaf looks delicious Celeste! 🙂
Thanks Johlene, it is delicious! I hope you have a chance to give it a try.
Lindi Mogale says
Thislooks so good I immediately got hungry I think i will try baking this over the weekend Thanks for linking up to #WAYWOW
Thanks Lindi, I hope you have a chance to give this a try and love it as much as I do. Please let me know how it works for you.
Have a wonderful weekend.
This loaf looks so wonderful!! Blood orange paired with turmeric is so creative! And the glaze is such a beautiful color!
As red as the orange juice was I thought the glaze would be more red, but it ended up being a pretty shade os pink.
Thanks for visiting Erin and enjoy!
I've never thought to put turmeric in a loaf before but it really is a great way to get more turmeric in your diet. I love the citrus flavours in it too!
I smells a bit like turmeric before baking, but after it just smells delicious. I think citrus makes anything better.
Oh!! What an interesting combo! Blood orange and tumeric. I love a good streusel topping and yours looks fab!
Thanks Calista, I have to admit the streusel is my favorite part.
Indah Nuria Savitri says
I will definitely liek to try it :)...looks so moist and delicious..
This looks great. It does look very moist and sounds flavorful. Pinned and Tweeted. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle Sunday.
Thanks Beverly, I so appreciate the shares. I hope you had a wonderful weekend and your week is off to a great start.
How interesting! I'm going to have to try this!
Courtney I hope you enjoy it as much we do over here at my house.
Miz Helen says
This is a fantastic recipe that we will love, thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!
Thanks Miz Helen!
Nikki Frank-Hamilton says
Celeste, when I was young my mom would always make homemade cinnamon rolls and orange cream cheese rolls. She still makes them, but I can't eat them since going gluten-free. I'm not quite up to yeast and gluten-free flours yet, not exactly my skill-set. But I am up to just substituting an all-purpose gluten-free flour blend for flour, I think I can make that work. And this looks so good. Moist & flavorful and the orange zest is pulling me back to my childhood. I love zest in the glaze I bet it puts this bread right over the top.
I'm glad this this recipe can bring back fond childhood memories. You are so right, the addition of the zest takes it over the top for sure.
I love making loafs Celeste. And because of that you won't see many on my blog. Blood oranges are something I don't have many recipes for so I just may need to try this! Thank you so much for linking at #overthemoon! I look forward to seeing what you share very week. Please come back for #WonderfulWednesday. Don't forget to comment your link #'s so I can be sure to visit. Pinned and shared.
How yummy looking~ I love blood oranges thanks for the recipe! Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Sharing on Yummly! Have a great week!
Easy Peasy Life Matters says
This looks absolutely delicious!! Thanks so much for sharing on the Healthy Living Link Party! We hope to see you back tonight 🙂
This sounds outstanding! I have a small bottle of turmeric in my cupboard that I hardly ever get to use - here is my answer! Thanks for sharing this at SaucySaturday where I found you!
Thanks for visiting Katie, I hope you and your family enjoy this one as much as my family and I do