Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Weirdest Recipe I've Ever Tried

Some things you should know:

  • The iconic Fiskars orange-handled scissors turns 45 this year.
  • We have an orange tree in our backyard with far more oranges than we could ever eat.
  • I can't resist trying a weird recipe.

Each Fiskateer was challenged to bake a treat for the orange-handled scissors' birthday party.  I wanted to make something orange, but didn't want to just bake something ordinary and add orange frosting.  I decided I wanted to actually bake with oranges.  I don't think I've ever baked with oranges before, even though I bake with lemons all the time.  (Why is that?!)  Google to the rescue.  After reading through many recipes, I found one called Blender Quick Orange Bread on the Sunkist website.  Using a blender to make bread?  Intriguing!

But wait... the recipe calls for an UNPEELED orange.  What the heck?!  I decided I HAD to try this recipe.  I once had a coworker who ate oranges the way normal people eat apples- she'd wash the orange, then take a big bite (peel and all), rotating as she took bites.  She remains to this day the only person I know who eats orange peels.  Could orange peels in bread taste anything other than bitter and disgusting?  I had to find out.

I was so sure that the bread would be bad that I decided to make two versions of the bread- one with the peel, as called for in the recipe, and one without the peel.  I kept all other variables the same.


Following the directions, I washed the orange and cut it into chunks with the peel still on. 


It felt REALLY weird putting them into the blender like that.  Steve took a picture of the big moment.


The end result looked fairly normal and inoffensive in the blender.


I finished the batters and put both versions into the oven.  After 45 minutes, the house smelled amazing.  I checked the bread.  The bread without the peel had fallen slightly in the center.  It tested done.  The one with the peel had not fallen and was still a bit gooey.  I baked that one for 5 more minutes and then checked on it.  It tested done.  Interestingly, the center had fallen slightly and matched the other bread.


I whipped up an Orange Julius for each of us while waiting for the bread to cool.  When the bread was cool, I cut samples from each loaf and we sat down for our taste test.


The verdict?  Both were delicious, but we actually preferred the one with the orange peel!  I couldn't believe it.  There was no bitterness, just a bit more orange flavor.  I never would have guessed.  The next time I make this (and I will be making it again for sure), I'll be leaving the peel on.


Blender Quick Orange Bread

                                 1 orange, unpeeled           1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
                                 1/2 c. orange juice           1/2 tsp. salt
                                 2 1/2 c. flour                    1 1/4 c. sugar
                                 2 tsp. baking powder         2 eggs
                                 1 tsp. baking soda             1/4 c. butter, melted

Wash the orange, then cut it into large chunks.  In a blender, combine orange chunks and orange juice.  Blend until almost smooth.  Set aside.  Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.  Set aside.  In a large bowl, combine the sugar, eggs and butter, then beat until smooth.  Add the orange mixture and dry ingredients to the bowl, stirring just until blended.  Pour into a greased 9x5x3 inch loaf pan and bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes.  Cool for 10 minutes, then remove from pan.  Cool completely on a wire rack.

11 comments:

  1. That does sound weird! Lol! Glad it turned out ok! Loving that photo of you!!!

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  2. Will have to try this! We have an orange tree also.

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  3. too funny!! I have a real aversion to even orange pulp -- amazing it was not chewy or bitter!! Suzanne

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    1. We don't really like orange pulp either- I always buy the no-pulp juice. This wasn't chewy, bitter, or weird in any way.

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  4. wow, that is so interesting! Can't believe that the one with the peel didn't taste bitter. If I had an orange tree in my backyard, I'd be sure and try that one out :-)

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  5. It was so yummy! Thanks for sharing a big slice with me!

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    1. You're welcome! Thanks for babysitting. :)

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  6. I would have never thought! Very interesting!

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  7. I can't believe it has orange rind in it! Now I have to try it!! :)

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  8. I need to get your Orange Julius recipe from you ... my hubby STILL whines about them having gone away more than 5 years ago. :)

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    1. I don't really have a recipe- I just throw orange juice, milk, a little vanilla, and some ice into a blender and hope for the best. :)

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