This Orange Pecan Tea Bread has a kick of citrus.

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Cooking Light magazine’s October issue features recipes for readers’ 30 best-loved quick breads — loaves, muffins, biscuits and scones leavened with baking powder or baking soda. I was particularly taken by this Orange Pecan Tea Bread with its kick of citrus. It originally appeared in the magazine’s April 2004 issue.

Orange Pecan Tea Bread

Makes 14 servings.

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

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1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk

1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted

3 tablespoons 1 percent low-fat milk

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

3 tablespoons orange marmalade

2 teaspoons grated orange zest

2 large eggs

Cooking spray


1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

2 teaspoons fresh orange juice

1 1/2 teaspoons chopped pecans, toasted

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and allspice in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Make a well in center. Combine sugar, buttermilk, pecans, milk, oil, marmalade, orange zest and eggs. Pour into well in dry ingredients, stirring just until moist.

2.Spoon batter into an 8-by-4-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake 45 minutes or until loaf tests done. Cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack; remove from pan and cool completely.

3. Combine confectioners’ sugar and juice, stirring until smooth. Drizzle over bread and sprinkle with pecans.

Per serving: 171 calories (29 percent from fat), 5.6 g fat (0.9 g saturated fat, 2 g monounsaturated) 2.4 g polyunsaturated fat, 3.2 g protein, 27.4 g carbohydrates, 0.7 g fiber, 31 mg cholesterol, 144 mg sodium.

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