Orange-Walnut Bread

Orange-Walnut Bread

* 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 tablespoon baking powder
* 1 cup sugar
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1/4 cup shortening
* 1 egg
* 3/4 cup milk
* 1/4 cup orange juice
* 3 tablespoons finely grated orange peel
* 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

In a large mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, sugar and salt; stir with fork to mix. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender or fork.

In a small bowl, beat egg slightly; stir in milk, orange juice and grated orange peel.

Add to flour and shortening mixture, stirring only enough to moisten all ingredients. Fold in walnuts or pecans. Spoon mixture into greased 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan, spreading to corners. Leave a slight depression in center of loaf. Let stand 15 to 20 minutes. Bake orange bread in preheated 350° oven for 55 to 60 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes; turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Wrap and store orange bread overnight for easier slicing. Serve with softened cream cheese or flavored butter.