Honey Orange Bread

1/3 cup butter or margarine -- softened
3/4 cup honey
1 egg
1 tablespoon finely chopped shredded orange peel
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup unprocessed bran
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup orange juice
3/4 cup walnuts

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease only the bottom and halfway up the sides of a 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl using an electric mixer, cream together the softened butter or margarine and honey. Add the egg and the shredded orange peel. Beat until the mixture is well blended.

In a medium bowl, stir together the all-purpose and whole wheat flours, bran, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the flour mixture and the orange juice mixture alternately to the honey mixture, beating until the batter is smooth. Stir in the walnuts.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake in the 325 degree oven for 50 to 60 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the center of the bread comes out clean.

Set the pan on a wire rack; cool for 10 minutes. Remove the bread from the pan and cool on a wire rack. For easier slicing, wrap the bread in plastic wrap and let stand overnight.