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Baking butterflies….and a Perfect Eggless Orange Loaf

22 November 2010 45 Comments

orange honey egg less bread

It just struck to me that I have not posted any bread recipes using the yeast till date.  The first time I baked a bread was way back in 1984 during my 10th board exams. I wanted to divert myself to something more exciting  and appealing than  the boring and lifeless formulas and equations of chemistry 🙂  And bread making was one such area.

I did bake a bread and my mom took it to her office and asked  (or forced, should I say) everyone to taste and pass on the comments to me.  I came to know much later that while I passed in good colors in my board exams, my bread sank 🙁

Still whenever I bake a bread I have butterflies in my stomach. More often I opt for baking my breads with leavening agents (baking soda) which is much easier and quicker, rather than baking with yeast.

I just baked this egg less Orange Loaf without any measurements and any particular recipe. It is egg less and has very little oil in it. Hope I remember the ingredients correctly.

orange honey egg less bread

Yeast in warm water and honey


  • 1 cup of refined flour
  • 1/2 cup of wholewheat flour
  • Juice of 1/2 orange
  • 1 tsp. of orange zest
  • 1 tsp. of active dry yeast
  • 2 tsp. of warm water
  • 2 tsp. of honey
  • A pinch of salt
  • 4-5 tsp. of vegetable oil/olive oil
orange honey egg less bread

Orange juice and flour

Method:  Heat 2 tsp. of water and mix with the honey. Add 1 tsp. of active dry yeast in the warm water mix and keep it aside for 10 minutes to let the yeast work. Bubbles will form in the water. Yeast is ready to work.

Instant yeast is much easier to work with than the dry yeast, it reduces the baking hours also.

Grate the orange peel and take out the zest, do not grate the white part of the peel. Squeeze the juice of half orange.

Take a big vessel and add both the flours, salt and the orange zest in it. Make a well in the center and pour the warm water mix, oil and orange juice in it. Start knead the flour into a dough with light hands.

orange honey egg less bread

First rise

The dough will be quite sticky, oil your hands and knead it for 10 minutes. Put the dough in a vessel and cover it with an aluminum foil or a lid and keep it away for 1 hour to let it rise.

After 1 hour the dough would have risen and will look light and soft to touch.

orange honey egg less bread

Punch and knead the risen dough

Punch the dough and knead it again using oil in your hands. Knead it lightly with your palm for 5-7 minutes.

orange honey egg less bread

In the baking tin

Grease a bread tin and put this dough into it. Cover it again with an aluminum foil and keep it away in a warm  place to rise again.

orange honey egg less bread

2nd rise

Remove the foil after 45 minutes and brush the dough with milk. Bake it at 180°C for 25 minutes till done.

orange honey egg less bread

Golden moments

The perfect loaf fresh from the oven, wish I can simulate the heady smell of this bread.

orange honey egg less bread

A Perfect Loaf

My son could not wait to have a go at this flavorful bread. I sliced it as soon as I took it out from the oven. The slice did not come even, but my son just enjoyed and kept on telling, “mom you can bake a bread also, it tastes and looks same as bakery bread”  I got my medal there 🙂

orange honey egg less bread

Soft and spongy texture

Cool the bread before slicing to get even and thin slices.

orange honey egg less bread

Moment of truth…

The orange zests in this egg less bread makes it very flavorful and delicious.

orange honey egg less bread recipe

I thought of taking the pictures the next day, as it becomes easy to slice a cold bread. To my surprise I got just 4 slices from my beautiful loaf !! In fact you will get about 12-14 thin slices from the same bread. The rest of the slices from this loaf tells the success story of this delicious egg less Orange Loaf 🙂


  • Can avoid orange altogether if you do not like any flavors in your bread, use the same amount of milk or water instead.
  • Cool the bread before slicing for getting the perfect slices.
  • Discard the yeast if it does not froth in warm water, else your bread will not have good texture.
  • Knead the dough with light and oily hands to remove any air bubbles trapped during the first rise.

When it comes to baking a loaf, I would rather let the Hen bake the bread and be one among her three little friends 🙂  On a serious note, bread making is really therapeutic and satisfactory. Shall bake many more and post it for you soon. Take care.



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  • Sharmilee said:

    Eggless n looks so soft and yum

  • Veena said:

    Looks delicious. I can actually smell the aroma of freshly baked bread that you are talking about. Can I bake bread with only baking powder and no yeast.

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Veena, yes you can bake it with baking powder also.

  • Ekta said:

    What a perfect bread !! SUPERB !!

  • sangeeta said:

    wonderful bread .. I bake lots of bread n never buy any kind of bread . Never tried orange in bread though. tempted to try now.

  • Nishi said:

    Fabulous recipe sanjeeta. The bread looks so moist and fluffy. Would love to dig into right now 🙂

  • Sarah, Maison Cupcake said:

    I’ve not come across orange in a loaf before now I see this it seems such a good idea. I am hoping to make more bread nowadays!

  • Priya Srinivasan said:

    Yummy Bread!!! So Fluffy!!! Can you pls tell me whether i can use store-bought orange juice, if yes, then how much?

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Priya, you can use store bought orange juice, but I feel it might give you a slight bitter taste. Fresh juice is always preferred, or skip the juice and make a plain bread. Replace the juice with milk instead.

  • Archana said:

    Looks very good,looks very bread-y to me.

  • nisha said:

    gorgeous..super soft it looks

  • Nandini said:

    The bread looks delicious!

  • kairali sisters said:

    wow..amazing recipe and i can smell the freshness of citrus here sanjeeta

  • rebecca said:

    this looks wonderful can I feature it on a FL citrus growers blog? rebecca

    rebeccasubbiah at yahoo dot com

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Rebecca, you are most welcome to do that. Best wishes, take care.

  • Malar Gandhi said:

    You started baking at that age?…hats off to you man. I never baked even a readymade cake so far:( Loved ur version, beautiful step by step pictures.

  • torviewtoronto said:

    flavourful soft bread delicious

  • Swathi said:

    Eggless orange loaf looks delicious.

  • whatsfordinneracrossstatelines said:

    Sanjeeta this bread looks wonderful! I love fresh bread, nothing else like it! I love the fresh juice in it too.

  • Maria @ Scandifoodie said:

    That does look perfect! So perfectly baked!

  • Ananda Rajashekar said:

    yeast in water looks cute and bread looks divine!

  • Angie's Recipes said:

    Looks so soft and I bet it tastes delicious with a wonderful hint of tangy orange.

  • swapna said:

    Delicious and soft bread….

  • Veena said:

    Thanks Sanjeeta.

  • Kiran said:

    The bread looks so delish! Yum, I love homemade bread. I totally agree with you about baking being therapeutic.

  • Biren @ Roti n Rice said:

    What a lovely loaf! The bread must be fragrant with the orange juice and zest.

  • Mary said:

    This looks wonderfully moist and delicious. It would be very popular at my house. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

  • Heavenly Housewife said:

    What a beautiful bread, I love the flavour, and the look of the lovely soft texture on the inside. Delicious. Your house must have smelled amazing when this was in the oven.
    *kisses* HH

  • Panchpakwan said:

    Wow perfect loaf… yummm

  • Dimah said:

    It sounds and looks fantastic! So moist and flavorful!

  • Magic of Spice said:

    This looks like such an incredibly moist bread…with such nice flavor 🙂

  • Treat and Trick said:

    What a lovely bread! Adding orange juice brings that special taste. Perfect and yummy loaf dear…

  • girlichef said:

    Your orange-scented loaf sounds so fantastic!

  • Joyti said:

    It sounds quite delicious, and looks nice and light and fluffy…

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  • Jayasri said:

    Hi sangeeta, that is lovely bread, I have baked a Eggless cake using orange juice never thought of baking bread! should try this out some time…

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  • Alisa said:

    What a wonderful bread.I love how you added the orange bread and I can just imagine how wonderful it must smell like while baking.I saw your blog from the foodie blog roll and I’d love to guide Foodista readers to your site. Thanks

  • Jyoti said:

    Perfect Loaf.. My bread have sunk eevry time I have tried to make one.. Still busting up my couarge to this one..

  • Jyoti said:


    I have tried this one today.. till now it has gone right and i hv put it in the oven for baking.. Fingers crossed! Just a question.. What is the measurement of yr cup.. Mine is 1 cup = 235 ml.. I got 40 ml of orange juice.. But while kneading the dough i had to use more warm water..as the juice n oil was not enough to form the dough.. will let you know.. how it turns up..

  • Jyoti said:

    It was by far my most succesful bread baking attempt.. The crust turned abit hard though.. I took it out in time.. The inside was moist and soft.. Just toasted a slice and had with raspberry jam.. Thanks..
    Will be definately trying some more bread recipes soon.. Cheers

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Jyoti, sorry I could not reply to your question. ‘Try, try till you succeed’ is the phrase meant for for bread baking I suppose. Good that you liked the bread. Hope next time you get a perfect loaf and I am going to see that wonderful loaf of yours in your blog soon. Best wishes, take acre.

  • honeybeecooksjackfruit said:

    This looks wonderful! I ve been craving oranges lately and this bread looks so soft and moist.

  • VeenaAravind said:

    Wow this looks delicious..!!giving it a try.. 🙂

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