Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9-by-5-by-3 loaf pan.
Step 2: Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl, and set aside.
Step 3: Use a mixer on low speed to blend together eggs, butter, orange peel and orange juice in small bowl.
Step 4: Stir the orange mixture into the flour mixture just until blended.
Step 5: Fold in the pecans.
Step 6: Spoon the batter into the loaf pan.
Step 7: Let bake for 50 minutes then cool in pan 10 minutes.
Step 8: Remove the bread from the pan and let cool completely on a wire rack.
Step 9: Enjoy!
Pecan pie will always be a classic, but there are many ways to use pecans as part of a balanced diet. They’re a great addition to salads and green beans. They can even add a crunch to the crust of a rib-eye steak coating. To learn more about pecans and find recipes, go to americanpecan.com.
Charles Rohla, Ph.D., serves as pecan and specialty crops manager. He works with other researchers across Noble Research Institute to study new pecan growing methods, technologies and ways to increase production. This orange pecan bread recipe comes from his mother-in-law, Linda Bryant, who adapted it from an older recipe. She and Rohla’s wife, Andrea, use homegrown pecans when entering their baked goods in pecan food show competitions across Oklahoma and Texas.