- 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.