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Oct 14, 2011 07:23 PM

2 tsp orange zest = how much OJ?

I don't feel like running to the store to get an orange for my orange-spice pumpkin bread. Can I substitute OJ, and if so, how much?

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  1. In general, not easily. Orange juice will change the amount of liquid in the recipe, and increase the acidity, which will throw off the chemistry of the baking. I would probably just leave the orange out completely, and make pumpkin spice bread.

    1. 1/2 tsp orange EXTRACT or 1/4 tsp lemon juice.

      You are going for the tartness of zest, not liquid or sweetness.

      1. Me, three -- orange zest is used as a spice because of the essential oils found only in the skin (and not in the juice) -- juice not only doesn't have those oils, but will water down the batter.

        Just leave it out this time -- your bread will be good anyway, I'm sure.

        (and when you DO buy zest, make sure you keep it in the fridge so the oils don't evaporate.)

        1. Thanks everyone. I don't suppose I could substitute lemon zest? I have a lemon in the fridge.

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            1. re: Cathy

              Sure! It will change the flavor a little, but it will still be good.

          1. This might be too late but you could do this recipe and use orange juice for the water.