Have you tried Cranberry Orange Bread??
Oh my! A few days ago I was having some trouble sleeping, so I got on Pinterest in the middle of the night and I was just pinning away! One of the recipes that caught my eye was Cranberry Orange Bread! If I would have had some cranberries in my house, I probably would have made it…right there in the middle of the night! But as it was…I had to wait until I could go to the store the next morning to get a bag of cranberries…but it was totally worth the wait!This is a wonderful sweet bread with the tang of the cranberries, the crunchiness of the nuts and the zestfulness of the orange peel! I added the orange glaze to it and it just set it over the top! This sweet bread is the perfect dessert, breakfast food, or a great snack for a particularly jolly old guy. :) I combined a couple of recipes to make this bread and then I finished it with the zesty orange glaze to send it over the top!
- 4 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups sugar + 1/4 cup to put on top of cranberries
- 3 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
- 2 tablespoon grated orange zest
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 cup water
- 2/3 cup vegetable oil
- 2 cups chopped pecans or walnuts
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 orange-zested and juiced
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 2- 9" x 5" loaf pans. Place cranberries in small bowl and top with 1/4 cup sugar, mix in and set aside. Mix flour, baking soda, and salt in bowl and set aside. In mixing bowl, combine 2 cups sugar, orange zest, and vegetable oil. Add eggs and mix together. Add flour mixture, orange juice and water to sugar mixture. Mix well. Fold in cranberry mixture and nuts. Divide batter into the prepared pans. Bake for 1 hour or until the bread springs back when lightly touched. Let stand 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely. For glaze, mix powdered sugar, butter, and zest together, add orange juice until a glaze consistency. Drizzle glaze over the top of the cooled loaves.
- This bread freezes well.
This is probably the closest thing to fruitcake that I am ever going to make! Ha Ha! But I absolutely love this bread and the orange and cranberry flavors will be sure to put you in the holiday spirit! It tastes even better the next day!This is one recipe that I will add to my recipe arsenal! It freezes well and would be wonderful in mini loaves to give as gifts! (If you make mini loaves, bake for about 35 minutes)
How is everyone coming on all of their Christmas preparations? I am slowly getting my projects done. I still need to make a batch of fudge and my peanut clusters, but if I make them right now, I will eat too many! :)