Orange Almond Cardamom Loaf-Happy Friday!

As we head into the weekend you may have time to do some baking. Here is a loaf that is easy and flavourful, perfect to have with a cup of hot coffee, tea or tall glass of milk. Happy Friday!

Orange Almond Cardamom Loaf

I love the flavours of orange and cardamom and with a slight crunch of almonds this loaf has great texture. The batter is stiff but bakes up to a light delicate loaf that will slice up perfectly foryour lunch or to enjoy with afternoon tea.

1 3/4 cups (425 mL) all purpose flour

1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) each baking powder

1 tsp (5 mL) baking soda

1/2 tsp (2 mL) ground cardamom or cinnamon

1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt

1/2 cup (125 mL) butter, softened

1 cup (250 mL) granulated sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp (10 mL) orange zest

1/4 tsp (1 mL) pure almond or vanilla extract

1/2 cup (125 mL) plain Greek yogurt


2 tbsp (30 mL) sliced almonds

1 tbsp (15 mL) granulated sugar

In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, soda, cardamom and salt.

In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time. Beat in orange rind and almond extract until combined.

Stir in 1/3 of the flour mixture, then half of yogurt, repeat once and then stir in remaining flour until well combined. 

Scrape and spread batter into 8 x 4 inch (1.5 L) greased and parchment paper lined loaf pan. Smooth top.

Topping: Mix together almonds and sugar. Sprinkle evenly over top of loaf. Bake in preheated 350 F (180 C) oven for about 40 minutes or until cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean.

Makes 10 to 12 slices.

Tip: You can leave off the almonds in the topping if desired. 

Slice the loaf as you need it to keep it moist. Wrap and store at room temperature for up to 4 days.


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