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Orange Slice Candy Bread

Hi There!  How was your weekend?  I managed to complete all my christmas shopping, wrap every gift, do a little baking, and I even threw a fun party on Friday night (you’ll hear more about that party next week 😉 ).

Orange Slice Candy Bread is one of my most favorite breads of all time!  I’m pretty sure its because orange slices are one of my favorite candies.  When I was little I swear I lived off of Brach’s Cinna-Bears & Orange Slices

My love for this bread started in elementary school.  One of my dears friends mothers would always put together a christmas goodie basket for my family.  Year after year she baked all of her signature cookies and breads.  Orange Slice Bread was a staple.  When the holidays would arrive I’d always ask if she would be baking her famous orange slice bread.

Its been decades since I’ve eaten this amazing bread, but for some reason its been stuck in my head all season.  After googling recipe after recipe and baking a couple of disaster breads, I finally got it 🙂


  • 2 10 oz bags orange slice candy
  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

Directions: Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Roughly chop orange slices.  In a separate bowl, combine 1 cup flour with chopped orange slices.  The flour will keep the orange slices from clumping together.  Add pecans to the orange slice mixture.  Set bowl aside.

Combine remaining 3 cups of flour with baking soda.  Sift together and set aside.  In a mixer, cream butter & sugar together until light and fluffy (about 4 minutes).  Beat eggs in one at a time.  At low speed, slowly add in flour mixture little by little, alternating with buttermilk.  Finally, stir in orange slice/pecan mixture.  Mix just until combined.

Spray two loaf pans or five mini loaf pans with non stick cooking spray.  Cut a piece of wax paper to fit the bottom of each pan.  Place wax paper on bottom of pan.  If you’re making mini-loaves, bake for 50 minutes or until golden brown and toothpick comes out clean when inserted.  If your baking two large loaves, bake for at least one hour.  Test with toothpick for doneness.  If toothpick has batter on it when inserted, bake for addition 10 – 15 minutes.

Cool loaves on wire rack & enjoy 🙂

If you like orange slice candy you will LOVE this bread 🙂  My neighbors each got a mini-loaf for Christmas.  I hope they enjoy it as much as I do 🙂

18 Responses

  1. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said on December 20, 2010 at 8:30 am

    I love that orange candy!! My babysitter used to give it to me when I was just a wee one 🙂

  2. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman said on December 20, 2010 at 8:54 am

    I have never heard of this bread. And I’ve never had orange slice candy. Apparently I live in a cave. It looks great.

    Also, my favorite jelly candies growing up were always those peach ones.

  3. Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} said on December 20, 2010 at 9:05 am

    Wow, this looks great. I would have a hard time living in your house at Christmas time–so many delicious treats!

  4. Mo@MommyRD said on December 20, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Oooh, I used to love those orange candy slices. I bet I would love this bread…might have to add it to the list this week!

  5. Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) said on December 20, 2010 at 9:47 am

    it’s too ironic you saw my camera post, i saw your cider post yesterday, almost commented but got sidetracked…researching cameras 🙂

    the bread and the cider look great!

  6. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) said on December 20, 2010 at 9:52 am

    The bread looks delicious! My father-in-law loves orange slices! I am thinking this would be a great one to make for him when I see him later this week!

  7. Heather (Heather's Dish) said on December 20, 2010 at 10:16 am

    i don’t love orange slices…but baked into a loaf of carby goodness? yes please!

  8. TheHealthyapron said on December 20, 2010 at 11:36 am

    although I love orange slices…I’m not sure about in the bread! very interesting!! Must be good though!

  9. emily (a nutritionist eats) said on December 20, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    How interesting! I’ve never seen a bread like this before!

  10. Anna said on December 20, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    I had forgotten that you loved this bread, my mom hasn’t made it in a couple of years, I’ll have to remind her about it. I started my baking this weekend and thought of you and how you’d come over and we’d make all different kinds of cookies. Those were the days! Merry Christmas!

  11. Dawn (HealthySDLiving) said on December 20, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Sounds like you had a productive weekend…I haven’t even started shopping. :/

  12. Lorraine said on December 20, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Since I am OLD now I remember when my ex was in the Army back in 69,70 and he was stationed at Ft. Ord, California. An old school mate loved orange slices and wondered if I could make them some cookies using them so i did and they were a big hit with him. I often wonder what happened to him, I will have to try the orange slice cookies for my grandsons now, thanks for reminding of fond memories.

    • Estela - Weekly Bite said on December 20, 2010 at 8:27 pm

      I’m so glad I was able to bring back a nice memory 🙂

  13. Blog is the New Black said on December 20, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    I’ve never seen bread like this. It looks wonderful!

    • Estela - Weekly Bite said on December 20, 2010 at 8:26 pm

      Thanks 🙂

  14. Maris (In Good Taste) said on December 21, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    I love the idea of baking candy in bread. So festive!

  15. Evan Thomas said on December 21, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    I remember getting those orange candies at my grandparents house. Grandma was always good for keeping sweets around 🙂