Healthy living

Orange loaf

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 35-40 minutes 

Serves: 8


  • Olive or canola oil spray
  • 2 cups self-raising flour
  • ½ cup caster sugar
  • ½ cup sultanas
  • Rind of 2 oranges, grated
  • 1/3 cup freshly-squeezed orange juice
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup low-fat milk
  • 1 tablespoon margarine, melted


  • 125g reduced-fat ricotta
  • Rind of 1 small orange, grated
  • 2 teaspoons freshly-squeezed orange juice


1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Lightly spray a loaf tin. 

2. Combine flour, sugar and sultanas in a mixing bowl. 

3. In another bowl mix remaining ingredients. Add wet ingredients to dry, stir and spoon into tin. 

4. Bake for 35-40 minutes until cooked and golden. Turn onto wire cooling rack. 

5. To make the topping, whip ricotta, rind and juice until smooth.

6. When cool, spread with ricotta topping. Store in refrigerator.


  • Replace half the flour with wholemeal self-raising flour and use 1 cup chopped dried apricots instead of sultanas.
  • Serve with freshly sliced citrus fruit as a gourmet breakfast, or spread with a little marmalade and cheese, e.g quark or cottage cheese, for a delicious snack.

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