Feb 14, 2013

1964 Orange Pecan Bread


Like many of you, I love collecting and reading old cookbooks. I came across a Bisquick cookbook from 1964, and while it's not all that old, I still enjoyed reading it cover to cover. I did some quick research on Bisquick, and found some interesting tidbits about this baking staple:

  • According to General Mills, Bisquick was invented in 1930 after one of their top sales executives met an innovative train dining car chef on a business trip. After the sales executive complimented the chef on his deliciously fresh biscuits, the dining car chef shared that he used a pre-mixed biscuit batter he created consisting of lard, flour, baking powder and salt. The chef then stored his pre-mixed biscuit batter on ice in his kitchen ahead of time, enabling him to be able to bake fresh biscuits quickly on the train every day. When the sales exec returned home, he used the chef's idea to invent Bisquick. 
  • Bisquick has been available in grocery stores since 1931.
  • Bisquick slogans: "A World of Baking in a Box" (1940s); a "12-in-1 Mix" (the 1950s).

Wow- "Science's most thrilling food invention"! Who knew?
(Saturday Evening Post, 1932)


1950s (vintage-ads.livejournal.com)

1950s (tumblr.com)

When I got to this recipe, I knew I had to try it. With spring right around the corner, I am so very ready for all things citrus. 

Orange Pecan Bread has a bright, fresh flavor, and it's the color of sunshine! Sweet, without being overwhelmingly so, and it's moist and tender, even the next day. 


Orange Pecan Bread

Ingredients:


3 cups Bisquick

3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 and 1/4 cups orange juice
1 tablespoon orange zest
3/4 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 X 5 loaf pan.

Mix all ingredients except pecans. Beat vigorously 30 seconds. Stir in pecans. Bake 45 to 50 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean. Cool completely before slicing.


So moist, and it's a beautiful color. Can you see the little flecks of orange zest?

I served this bread with Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad. 
The flavors were delicious together!



May have been shared with these fun parties!


42 comments:

  1. My husband is a fan oranges and pecans...will have to make this for him. Love the simplistic of the recipe!

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    1. Kay, I hope he enjoys it as much as we did! Thank you for stopping by! :)

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  2. My S.I.L. makes mini orange cupcakes at Christmas, which I love. I'm definitely trying this! thanks for sharing!
    JoAnn

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    1. JoAnn, I love orange at Christmastime, especially chocolate and orange! :) Thank you for the visit! :)

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  3. Orange is such a wonderful flavor and paired with pecans looks delicious in your bread. The texture is perfect and it looks very moist. Hope you are having a great Valentine Weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Thank you, Miz Helen! I will see you next Thursday! :)

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  4. Delicious! Love all the old advertisements also! Thank you for sharing with Foodie Friends Friday. Can't wait to see what you bring this week!

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    1. Thanks, Lois! I loved the old ads, too- I thought they were fun.
      See you at FFF!! :)

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  5. Wow this looks absolutely amazing! Reminds me of my great Grandmother :) Pinning too.. thanks for the great recipe!

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    1. Thank you so much- reminding you of a great grandmother is very high praise!! And thanks for pinning! :)

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  6. I love this post! I would LOVE it if you shared this in my Spring/Easter Linky Party! You can find it here: http://littlemomprairie.blogspot.com/p/blog-round-up.html

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    1. I would love to bring it to your party- thanks for the invitation!! :)

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  7. This looks so yummy!! Orange and pecan make the perfect combination. Just pinned! Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent this week. So thrilled to have you share. Hope you are having a great week. :)
    Hugs
    Kathy

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    1. Kathy, I love A Bouquet of Talent- thank you for hosting it! And thank you for pinning my recipe! :)

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  8. I love Bisquick, and it was really interesting to read the history behind it. I tend to make tea biscuits with it, but your Orange Pecan bread is a much more delicious way to use it! I look forward to giving this quick, easy, and very pretty quick bread a try.

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    1. Thank you, April! I enjoyed learning about the Bisquick history, too! :)

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  9. I love old cookbooks too! I am making a pie for my husband for his birthday and found the recipe in a cookbook my grandmother got when she was first married. Thanks for sharing with us over at Real Housemoms for Fabulous Fridays.

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    1. Isn’t that fun? I’d really love to hear about it!

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  10. I grew up with Bisquick in the house and always have a box of it in my pantry. I will have to give this a try!

    Forgive me for being so late in thanking you for linking up to the In and Out of the Kitchen party! I just got back from vacation and am trying to play catch up!

    See you next week at the In and Out of the Kitchen party!

    Cynthia at http://FeedingBig.com

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    1. Thanks for coming by, Cynthia! I'll see you next week! :)

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  11. How fun! I love the story behind Bisquick... so cool! Thanks so much for coming to party at Super Saturday Show & Tell :) I hope you'll come again next week. xoxo~ Ruthie

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    1. Ruthie, I love stories! :) I enjoyed Super Saturday Show and Tell- I'll see you next week!! :) Thank you for stopping by!

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  12. What a cool story! This bread looks so yummy- I'm a big fan of pecan! Thanks for linking up at Pin It Thursday, I featured you this week http://www.sweetbellaroos.com/2013/02/28/pin-it-thursday-24/#

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    1. Oh, Emily, I'm so excited! Thank you so very much! :)

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  13. It looks delicious! I love orange flavored dishes so this sounds so yummy. I love the idea of cooking old recipes! My grandma recently let me look through her recipe box and there were some real treasures in there.

    Visiting from Thursday Favorite Things :)
    Tammy
    ourneckofthewoods.net

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    1. Tammy, how wonderful that you got a peek inside your Grandma's recipe box! Priceless! :) Thank you so much for visiting!

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  14. That looks really yummy; I love orange flavored treats. And it's so fun to go back through cookbooks and recipes from the past.
    Lucy @coffeewithus3.blogspot.com

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    1. Lucy, reading old cookbooks is a favorite pastime of mine! Thank you so much for stopping by! :)

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  15. Love the history behind Bisquick. I so would love a slice right now. Thanks for sharing on Thursdays Treasures.

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    1. Thank you, Christie, and thanks for coming by! Thursdays Treasures is fun! :)

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  16. Love your site and the Bisquick recipes, plus the HISTORY of Bisquick. Can't resist asking if the dining car chef received ANYTHING AT ALL for giving up his breakthrough creation! Signed, Mary Back, Facebook

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    1. Hi, Mary! How funny- that was one of the very first things I thought about when I researched the history- wonder if the chef got anything out of this?? :) I couldn't find anything that said one way or the other.

      I am so glad you are enjoying my site, and I really appreciate you dropping by and leaving a comment! Thank you!! :)

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  17. My mom was the Queen of Bisquick!! I remember her making this bread and many a "Impossible Pie" I think they were called! lol Found you through Chef's Day Off and I'm so glad I did! Stop for a visit sometime~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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    1. Lynn, I LOVE that your mom was the Queen of Bisquick!! LOL! Yes, I have made a couple of “Impossible Pies” myself.

      Thank you so much for stopping by- I am looking forward to visiting your blog! :)

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  18. This bread looks amazing! Definitely must try! Thanks for sharing- and I love, love all the pictures- so fun!

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    1. Thank you, Mary! Researching and gathering old ads for this post was fun and interesting! :)

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  19. Thanks for linking up at the Sweet and Savoury Link Party We hope to see you there tomorrow :D

    www.thevelvetmoonbaker.blogspot.ie

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    1. Thank you for the invitation- I will be there! :)

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  20. This sounds yummy! Thanks for linking up on Tried and True Recipes at Rediscover Mom

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    1. Thanks for hosting a great party! :)

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  21. Joy, I love this recipe. It's so EASY, which is my favorite type of recipe and the flavors can't be beat. Thanks for sharing this on FFF Nutty party this week. I'm sharing this on my FB page and pinning. And I will be making this bread on Sunday for our week's Sweet Treat.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Joanne/WineLady Cooks

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    1. Joanne, I am SO happy you liked it- it really is one of my favorites. I love orange everything, and pecans...well, pecans make the world go round. ;) Thank you for coming by, and for sharing and pinning! :)

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