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April 6, 2014

ORANGE POPPY SEED BREAD....COOKIN' AND LOOKIN' GOOD!


Good food and a warm kitchen are what makes a house a home.
I always tried to make my home like my mother's,
because Mom was magnificent at stretching a buck 
when it came to decorating and food.
Like a true Italian, she valued beautification in every area of her life, and
 I try to do the same.
~Rachael Ray
 
 I am not going to say this very loudly, but "the last of that old man winter" is showing his face in Texas today. Cold! Rain! Wind! Gray skies! I need a fireplace, my blankie and something good baking in the oven. I need a marathon of TCM movies. So I have something scrumptious in the oven and something beautiful to look at today!
 
Our darling and creative friend Susan at http://mymothersapronstrings.blogspot.com/
inspired us to be red carpet ready when in the kitchen with her beautiful apron creations. I was fortunate enough to win one of her original apron creations give-a-ways back in February! These aprons took my breath away and I think I would like to have them all for different occasions. There is method to my madness since I know the darling cannot resist my cooking....or a southern girl in a beautiful apron! OK....I totally made up the last part, but it's always a good idea to be beautiful and classy while baking bread!











 


 
 
ORANGE POPPY SEED BREAD
The Swan's Palette
BREAD
3 cups flour
2 ¼ cups sugar
2 T. Poppy Seeds
1 ½ t. baking powder
½ t. salt
3 eggs
1 ½ cups milk
1 cup vegetable oil
2 T. grated orange zest
1 t. vanilla
½ t. almond
Combine the flour, sugar, poppy seeds, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl and mix well. Combine the eggs, milk, oil, orange zest, vanilla and almond extract in a medium bowl and mix well. Add to the flour mixture and beat for 2 minutes.

 Pour the batter into 2 greased loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 1 hour.

 

THE ORANGE GLAZE
¾ cup confectioner’s sugar
¼ cup orange juice
½ t. vanilla
½ t. almond extract

 Combine the confectioner’s sugar, orange juice, vanilla and almond extract in a medium bowl and mix well.

 
Assembly

 Poke holes in the loaves with a long-tined fork. Pour the glaze of the hot loaves and cool in the pans for 10 minutes. Remove onto a wire rack and allow to cool to room temp.

 

4 comments:

  1. Those aprons are just beautiful. My mom always used to wear an apron that was made out of material to match her dress. The orange poppy seed bread sounds delicious..

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Estelle's this Sunday Beth! Such a blah day we needed something pretty, didn't we?

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  2. I wear aprons but they are no longer pretty ones!! Mainly to have pockets to carry my phone and camera around in - especially when I am over in Quadville!
    Let me just say your header is so beautiful!! I'm going back in a minute just to look at it more closely!
    Thank goodness the rain stayed away long enough last night that we were able to go out in the gazebo for a little bit. I had a tea party with 9 ladies so Louis Dean held court out there and in his music room. Nothing makes a man go in hiding like having a house full of ladies!! Since today was so cold and rainy - we decided to go see Noah after church. Love Russel Crowe and Anthony Hopkins. It was a godo movie - LD said to remember we weren't going to a Bible Study so not to expect it to be Biblically correct.
    Hope you have a lovely week!!

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    1. Aw that is so sweet Linda! I love reading about your parties and your painting sessions! The pictures of spending time with your lovely Mother are so special! I wish you a lovely week also! Thank you so much for stopping by today!

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