Orange Cream Cheese Loaf

The Orange Cream Cheese Loaf is a tantalizing treat that tantalizes the senses with its delightful blend of citrusy zest and creamy richness. This moist and flavorful loaf boasts a tender crumb, infused with the bright and sunny essence of oranges, complemented by the luscious creaminess of cream cheese. With every slice, you’re greeted by a burst of citrus flavor that dances on your taste buds, accompanied by the luxurious creaminess of the cheese.

As you take your first bite, the moist texture of the loaf melts in your mouth, releasing a symphony of flavors that transport you to a sunny orchard filled with ripe oranges. The tangy sweetness of the orange zest harmonizes beautifully with the subtle tang of the cream cheese, creating a perfect balance of flavors that is both refreshing and indulgent.

The aroma that wafts from the loaf as it bakes is nothing short of heavenly, filling your kitchen with the irresistible scent of freshly baked goodness. Each slice is a work of art, adorned with swirls of cream cheese that add a touch of elegance to this simple yet exquisite creation.

Whether enjoyed with a cup of hot tea on a leisurely afternoon or served as a delightful dessert after a satisfying meal, the Orange Cream Cheese Loaf is sure to delight even the most discerning palate. With its irresistible combination of citrusy zest and creamy richness, it’s a culinary masterpiece that never fails to impress.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
2 tsp orange zest
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
Powdered sugar for dusting (optional)

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a 9×5-inch loaf pan.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter, cream cheese, and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.

Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in the orange juice, orange zest, and vanilla extract.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined.

Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top with a spatula.

Bake in the preheated oven for 45-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Remove the loaf from the oven and let it cool in the pan for 10 minutes before transferring it to a wire rack to cool completely.

Once the loaf has cooled, dust it with powdered sugar (optional) and serve.

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