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Orange Walnut Holiday Bread
with Sweet Marmalade Butter

Orange Holiday Walnut Bread



  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • Zest from 1 orange
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups walnuts, chopped

Orange Marmalade Butter

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons orange marmalade


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease bottom only of two (9x5-inch) loaf pans or five (5 1/2 x 3-inch) mini loaf pans. Set aside.
  2. Combine sugar and 1 cup butter in large bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy.
  3. Add eggs; mix well. Add sour cream, orange juice and orange zest; mix well.
  4. Reduce speed to low. Add flour, baking powder and baking soda; beat until mixed well.
  5. Gently stir in nuts.
  6. Divide batter evenly among prepared pans. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes in 9 x 5-inch pans, or 35 to 45 minutes in mini loaf pans or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  7. Let stand 10 minutes; remove from pans. Cool completely.
  8. Combine 1/2 cup butter, powdered sugar and marmalade in small mixer bowl. Beat at medium speed, until creamy.
  9. Cover; refrigerate until serving time.

Yield: 2 large or 5 mini loaves

Recipe and photo credit: Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin.


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