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.


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

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

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

    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.

  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 :-)

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

  6. I would have never thought! Very interesting!

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

  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. :)

    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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