Orange Appeal by Jamie Schler

Orange Appeal: Savory & Sweet by Jamie Schler is a joyful culinary celebration of food. I was a recipe tester for this book even though I came a bit late to the game. The dedication by the author in assuring these recipes were as perfect as they can be was evident during the testing stage and is reflected in the beauty of its pages.

Ilva Beretta is the talented photographer behind the lens that captured Jamie's dishes. Her photographs give this book the feel of a being in a French country kitchen, nestled on the side of a lush hillside creating jams, breads and home cooked meals. Who wouldn't want that experience?

Jamie Schler owns the Hôtel Diderot in France where she keeps the famous jam cupboard fully stocked with her homemade creations. Friends who have stayed at her quaint hotel have shared their wonderful experiences on social media. One day I will get there and be able to sit at that table beside the jam cupboard.

Back to the book that brings a little of that idyllic life to us. Orange Appeal isn't just a book packed with recipes devoted to oranges. The recipes are far more than that. The dishes are delightfully nuanced with the subtle addition of citrus and feature a full range of recipes beginning with Sauces, Dressings, Dips and Relishes; followed by Soups, Salads, Starters, and Sides; Main Dishes; Breads (Quick and Yeast); Cookies and Treats; and ending as all good cookbooks should with Cakes and Desserts.

Pea and shiitake orange risotto, Oven-baked stuffed chicken with orange-soy gravy, Navette cookies from Marseille, and Orange-glazed orange cream puffs are a few examples of what awaits you here. Orange Appeal is one of the books we are featuring in the Eat Your Books Cookbook Club so be sure to join us on Facebook to share your photos and results and also remember to share them here at EYB as well. Lastly, there is a Facebook group specifically created to celebrate this book.

Besides the recipe we are sharing here today, I have made a few others - the Orange and brown sugar-glazed sweet potatoes are my son's favorite, the Orange mustard vinaigrette is my go-to, and Isabelle's orange cake are all keepers. I have made the Glazed blood orange yogurt cake at least four times now. Don't worry if you don't have blood oranges - it works perfectly with regular oranges and I am even going to be making it with lemon. It is so dangerous - every time you walk by it you will take a sliver off until there is nothing but the crumbs and then you will scrap those up and unashamedly pop those in your mouth too while mixing up another cake to cover your tracks.

Special thanks to Gibbs-Smith and Jamie for sharing a recipe with our members today and for providing three copies of this book to our members worldwide. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post to enter. 

Glazed blood orange yogurt loaf cake

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Makes 1 (9-inch/ 23 cm) loaf cake

Thanks to the yogurt and the vegetable oil, this spectacular, intensely orange loaf cake stays moist for several days, and some friends even say that the cake should be allowed to "age" for 24 hours with the syrup before glazing and serving. The sweet, orangey glaze is optional; leave it off for a perfect breakfast or tea cake, add the glaze for a more festive, special treat.

  • 1 1/2 cups (7 ounces / 195 grams) flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (250 ml) unsweetened plain whole milk or Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup (200 grams) granulated white sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • Zest of 3 blood oranges
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) vegetable oil

Blood orange syrup

  • 1/3 cup (85 ml) blood orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon granulated white sugar


  • 2 tablespoons blood orange juice
  • 1 cup (135 grams) confectioner's sugar

Loaf cake

Preheat the oven to 350 degree F (180 degrees C). Butter a standard 9 x 5 x 2 1/2-inch (22 x 13 x 6 ½ cm) or 8-cup (2 1) loaf pan, line the bottom with parchment paper and flour the sides of the pan.

Sift or whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the yogurt, sugar, eggs, zest, and vanilla until blended and smooth. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients just until combined and smooth. Fold the oil into the batter, a little at a time, until well blended and no oil has collected around the edges of the batter.

Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes or until the center of the cake is moist but set and a tester inserted into the cake comes out clean.

Blood orange syrup

Prepare the orange syrup by placing the orange juice and sugar in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook until warm and the sugar is completely dissolved and the liquid is clear. Set aside to cool slightly.

When the cake is done, remove from the oven onto a cooling rack that has been placed on top of a large foil-lined baking sheet and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Carefully loosen the cake from the pan by running a knife around the edges between cake and pan. Turn the cake out of the pan, discard the parchment paper, and then place the cake upright on the cooling rack. While the cake is still warm, pour and brush the warm syrup all over the top, allowing it to seep into and soak the loaf and to run down the sides. Allow to cool completely.


Prepare the glaze by stirring the orange juice into the sugar until the sugar ha dissolved and the glaze is smooth. The glaze should be thin enough to spoon or drizzle over the cake but just stiff enough that some of the glaze will cling to the sides.

Gently lift the cake off of the rack and onto a serving platter.

Excerpted with permission of Gibbs Smith and Jamie Schler from Orange Appeal, 2017. Photo of the cake by Jenny Hartin. Photo of jam cupboard used with permission of What about the food?


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Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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  • Kristjudy  on  10/2/2017 at 1:15 PM

    Well the blood orange cake looks beautiful!

  • lgroom  on  10/2/2017 at 1:18 PM

    I'll have to try the Sicilian orange salad.

  • jifar  on  10/2/2017 at 1:31 PM

    Being a scone lover it would be Orange cardamom scones with honey-orange spiced butter

  • kmn4  on  10/2/2017 at 1:45 PM

    Orange cardamom scones with honey-orange spiced butter

  • LAWG  on  10/2/2017 at 2:35 PM

    The Blood Orange Humus Vinagrette- Absolument!

  • rchesser  on  10/2/2017 at 3:27 PM

    Glazed apple and orange braid .

  • Astrid5555  on  10/2/2017 at 3:57 PM

    Pasta with orange and speck

  • lpatterson412  on  10/2/2017 at 4:04 PM

    Sweet and sour beurre blanc or rouge!

  • bibliophile02  on  10/2/2017 at 4:26 PM

    Rosemary orange vinaigrette

  • Zosia  on  10/2/2017 at 5:03 PM

    Mussels steamed in orange and fennel

  • sgump  on  10/2/2017 at 5:40 PM

    I'd try the spiced red lentil and carrot soup (with oranges in some manifestation, too, of course)!

  • Mariarosa  on  10/2/2017 at 6:53 PM

    Savory orange, onion, and olive focaccia!

  • ladybrooke  on  10/2/2017 at 8:08 PM

    Isabelle's orange cake

  • BridgetL  on  10/2/2017 at 9:32 PM

    Orange Rosemary Wedding Day Chicken

  • Danlev  on  10/2/2017 at 9:33 PM

    Would love to try the quinoa orange pecan cranberry salad

  • Sharmiro  on  10/2/2017 at 10:15 PM

    Love this book of recipes. Like you I tested it, and like you found that Jamie was dedicated to making sure that these recipes worked for every level of cooker. From sweet to savoury, anyone can find a recipe here that will delight them.

  • allthatsleftarethecrumbs  on  10/3/2017 at 12:32 AM

    Rye spice cake with marmalade whipped cream and orange glaze.

  • heyjude  on  10/3/2017 at 1:23 AM

    Blood Orange Salsa with Avocado.

  • wester  on  10/3/2017 at 3:09 AM

    I'm always looking for original meatball recipes, so I would make the Mediterranean lamb meatballs. That said, there are some very interesting condiments and salts there as well.

  • Dutchmary  on  10/3/2017 at 3:46 AM

    It all sounds lovely. Perhaps orange jelly and summer berries?

  • iza27  on  10/3/2017 at 6:15 AM

    blood orange salsa with avocado or beet

  • VeryVigario  on  10/3/2017 at 7:47 AM

    I would try the orange compote with raisins (on chicken or pork chops)!

  • Siegal  on  10/3/2017 at 8:52 AM

    Pasta with orange and speck sounds great

  • lollytrolley  on  10/3/2017 at 12:17 PM

    Rosemary Orange Vinagrette - always looking for new dressings!

  • vikingcook  on  10/3/2017 at 5:48 PM

    Sweet-and-sour marmalade-glazed oven-baked chicken sounds marvelous!

  • ktwalla  on  10/3/2017 at 5:56 PM

    Orange Cardamom Scones

  • ebs  on  10/3/2017 at 8:37 PM

    Caramelized orange cardamom upside-down cake

  • sarahawker  on  10/4/2017 at 8:06 AM

    Orange rosemary wedding day chicken

  • J00ls  on  10/4/2017 at 10:17 AM That’s the one!

  • PiaOC  on  10/5/2017 at 5:19 AM

    White beet and artichoke hummus for me.

  • Rinshin  on  10/5/2017 at 12:44 PM

    orange vinegarette.

  • lhudson  on  10/5/2017 at 3:41 PM

    Chocolate orange sponge cake with chocolate orange ganache

  • skipeterson  on  10/5/2017 at 3:52 PM

    Curried cod poached in coconut milk, lime, and orange

  • Julia77  on  10/6/2017 at 4:48 PM

    Spiced cranberry orange relish

  • robynsanyal  on  10/6/2017 at 9:41 PM

    Orange Rosemary Wedding Day Chicken

  • kitchenfrolic  on  10/6/2017 at 11:04 PM

    The Chocolate orange marmalade brownies sounds amazing! I love a chocolate-orange combo

  • Seren_Ann  on  10/7/2017 at 8:36 AM

    I would try the Pea and shiitake orange risotto, I'm always on the lookout for new risotto flavours.

  • stitchan  on  10/7/2017 at 11:30 AM

    Orange, date, and pecan muffins

  • alemily  on  10/7/2017 at 12:37 PM

    Whole herb-stuffed sea bream with orange

  • Livia  on  10/7/2017 at 1:50 PM

    It has got to be Orange cardamom scones with honey-orange spiced butter

  • trudys_person  on  10/7/2017 at 4:43 PM

    Peeling .. just kidding! The chocolate orange sponge cake with chocolate orange ganache sounds amazing!

  • infotrop  on  10/7/2017 at 6:47 PM

    Savory orange, onion, and olive focaccia...what a delicious sounding combination!

  • Scotsman61  on  10/7/2017 at 10:58 PM

    Orange cardamom scones with honey-orange spiced butter

  • JoannaF  on  10/8/2017 at 2:08 PM

    Caramelized orange cardamom upside-down cake!

  • LaurenE  on  10/8/2017 at 3:23 PM

    Glazed apple and orange braid

  • Akumilly  on  10/8/2017 at 5:09 PM

    Gingered orange carrots - Vichy Carrots

  • v.t  on  10/9/2017 at 4:20 AM

    Rosemary Orange Vinaigrette!

  • bstewart  on  10/10/2017 at 12:51 PM

    Spiced red lentil and carrot soup!

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  10/11/2017 at 6:30 PM

    I would like to make the Savory orange, onion, and olive focaccia.

  • Lem9579  on  10/11/2017 at 9:26 PM

    savory orange, onion and olive focaccia

  • laffersk  on  10/12/2017 at 9:10 AM

    Special chocolate orange cake with simple buttercream frosting

  • ravensfan  on  10/12/2017 at 5:28 PM

    Creamy herbed buttermilk citrus dressing

  • annieski  on  10/13/2017 at 7:23 AM

    Pea and shiitake orange risotto

  • SnarkyLarane  on  10/13/2017 at 4:31 PM

    Curried cod poached in coconut, lime, and orange

  • Aliped  on  10/14/2017 at 11:25 AM

    Vanilla orange sugar!

  • Dmartin997  on  10/14/2017 at 11:48 AM

    Orange panda cotta with orange compote

  • Kelos  on  10/14/2017 at 12:09 PM

    Orange and brown sugar-glazed sweet potatoes sound delicious :)

  • Lafauvette  on  10/14/2017 at 1:00 PM

    orange, date and pecan muffins

  • kennethjohngilmour  on  10/14/2017 at 2:56 PM

    the featured recipe of Glazed Blood Orange Yogurt Loaf Cake looks like a great place to start!

  • luccio  on  10/14/2017 at 3:06 PM

    I'm intrigued by the idea of 'orange powder'...

  • RickPearson54  on  10/14/2017 at 3:29 PM

    Orange, date and pecan muffins

  • Cathy55  on  10/14/2017 at 4:26 PM

    With 2 prolific orange trees in my garden, I’d work through the entire book starting with the orange, red onion, fennel and carrot salad.

  • Sherriffs  on  10/14/2017 at 7:31 PM

    Orange, date and pecan muffins 😁

  • soffner  on  10/14/2017 at 8:25 PM

    Savory orange, onion, and olive focaccia, because I love focaccia.

  • sequoia55  on  10/14/2017 at 8:37 PM

    Sweet-and-sour marmalade-glazed oven-baked chicken

  • gjnmc  on  10/14/2017 at 8:43 PM

    Traditional cranberry and orange walnut bread

  • sugo  on  10/15/2017 at 2:49 AM

    Beef in bourbon sauce for me

  • GillB  on  10/15/2017 at 3:54 AM

    Savoury orange, onion and olive foccacia

  • Lmhemphill  on  10/15/2017 at 8:45 AM

    Sam Linsell from her blog Drizzle and Dip by kind permission published the mussels steamed in orange and's delicious!!!!

  • JenJoLa  on  10/15/2017 at 12:34 PM

    Spiced red lentil and carrot soup

  • hrhacissej  on  10/15/2017 at 12:36 PM

    Caramelized orange cardamom upside-down cake

  • apattin  on  10/15/2017 at 12:41 PM

    Orange-braised Belgian endives with caramelized onions and bacon got my attention

  • permie_girl  on  10/15/2017 at 4:30 PM

    Quinoa salad with oranges, pecans, and cranberries

  • CCF4  on  10/16/2017 at 10:05 AM

    Beef in Bourbon Sauce

  • jd5761  on  10/16/2017 at 2:25 PM

    Orange cardamom scones

  • tararr  on  10/16/2017 at 3:24 PM

    Savoury orange, onion and olive foccacia

  • rivergait  on  10/16/2017 at 3:35 PM

    Sweet and sour marmalade glazed chicken...from California, where we use multiple varieties of citrus as landscape trees.

  • SLane  on  10/16/2017 at 3:56 PM

    Creamy herbed buttermilk citrus dressing would be a fabulous start I think !

  • kitchenclimbers  on  10/18/2017 at 2:10 PM

    glazed blood orange yogurt loaf cake

  • mikejunew  on  10/18/2017 at 6:38 PM

    chocolate orange loaf cake

  • RSW  on  10/21/2017 at 11:24 AM

    Sweet-and-spicy caramelized onion, raisin and orange compote

  • pokarekare  on  10/21/2017 at 11:13 PM

    Caramelized orange cardamom upside-down cake

  • Karla123  on  10/22/2017 at 9:28 AM

    A piece of this savory orange, onion, and olive focaccia paired with a salad would suit me just fine.

  • Jenamarie  on  10/22/2017 at 3:43 PM

    Pea and shiitake orange risotto!

  • Julia  on  10/25/2017 at 9:32 PM

    Beef in bourbon sauce.

  • Katiefayhutson  on  10/25/2017 at 9:37 PM

    Orange rosemary wedding day chicken

  • t.t  on  10/25/2017 at 11:39 PM

    Spiced red lentil and carrot soup

  • Njpadget  on  10/26/2017 at 3:14 AM

    Chocolate orange marmalade brownies

  • silversand  on  10/26/2017 at 10:49 AM

    Blood orange salsa with avocado or beet

  • chimpbob  on  10/27/2017 at 1:42 PM

    Blood Orange Yoghurt Loaf Cake

  • Mivas  on  10/28/2017 at 11:15 AM

    Orange and brown sugar-glazed sweet potatoes

  • kelliwinter  on  10/30/2017 at 12:49 AM

    blood orange salsa

  • verorenee  on  10/30/2017 at 10:46 PM

    Sweet and sour marmalade chicken

  • fiarose  on  10/31/2017 at 8:33 PM

    ooh, curried cod poached in coconut milk, lime, and orange. yum!!

  • orchidlady01  on  11/1/2017 at 6:28 AM

    I would try the Quinoa salad with oranges, pecans, and cranberries first.

  • Amandaspamanda  on  11/1/2017 at 2:32 PM

    I would love to try some Creamy herbed buttermilk citrus dressing on my take-to-work salads

  • contest718  on  11/1/2017 at 4:50 PM

    Orange mustard vinaigrette

  • RoseMGenuine  on  11/1/2017 at 11:01 PM

    Quinoa salad with orange, pecans, and cranberries

  • ninaarahgnis  on  11/2/2017 at 2:59 AM

    Hazelnut orange icebox cookies with cream cheese and Grand Marnier filling!

  • tjos  on  11/2/2017 at 9:11 AM

    blood orange salsa with avocado

  • jemans  on  11/3/2017 at 4:17 PM

    Mussels steamed in orange and fennel!

  • hillsboroks  on  11/4/2017 at 11:29 AM

    Caramelized Orange upside down cake

  • Vspriestersbach  on  11/5/2017 at 5:47 PM

    I agree! The caramelized orange upside down cake. I also think the orange mustard vinegarette

  • Kemali  on  11/5/2017 at 9:47 PM

    Caramelized orange cardamom upside down cake looks delicious to me!! I want to try it out. I am sure my little orange lover will love it!!

  • AnnaZed  on  11/7/2017 at 2:53 AM

    Mint or basil orange sugar

  • madelainelc  on  11/8/2017 at 12:17 AM

    curried cod poached in coconut milk with lime and orange sound delicious.

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