Sunday, February 1, 2009

Orange Cranberry Bread

I made 4 desserts today, not that we needed more trouble added to finishing up foods before going away in a few days. But in my defense I had to use up cottage cheese and the oranges.

I suppose I could just have eaten the oranges, but surely there must have been a good reason why I didn't think of it then.

The first (banana sorbet) was finished in no-time, and thus no photo... The last three were of theme orange starting with the cheesecake flavored by orange juice, orange zest, and orange extract. Then there was orange and poppyseed biscotti made entirely of whole wheat flour. And the grand finale was the orange cranberry bread.

The recipe came from Baking Bites. I doubled the amount of egg and oil because we don't get enough calories in our diet. Yeah... Did you actually believe me? In truth it was blond moment number three. Part way through, I forgot I was making only half the recipe.

But it turned out good all the same, tender and fluffy, and full of orangy aroma. Next time I will add more sugar, or making syrup or glaze. Here's the original recipe.

Orange Cranberry Bread Recipe

Ingredients :
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
3/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
1 tbsp orange zest
2 tbsp canola oil
1 large egg
1 1/4 cups fresh or frozen (unthawed) cranberries
1/4 cup dried cranberries

Directions :
Preheat oven to 375F and lightly grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.
Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add in in orange juice, orange zest, oil and egg and mix until just combined. Stir in whole and dried cranberries. Spread evenly in loaf pan.
Bake for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a rack for 15 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely before slicing.

Bon appetit!


Sara @ Our Best Bites said...

Found you via tastespotting. The title of the picture alone was enough to lure me in! I adore orange and cranberry together, I'm going to have to try this one. Beautiful pictures too!

Hayley said...

I also found you through Tastespotting. Lovely pictures, and all of your desserts sound incredible. Thanks for sharing!

Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer said...

Me too found you on tastespotting - This really looks incredible and would taste so DAMN good with a hot cup of Joe!!!

Anonymous said...

charmante, je viens du blog de Yannick et me régale à visiter le tien

Anonymous said...

the cake and the biscotti... well all of it... look wonderful!



Terri said...

How many mini loaves does this make? Would love to give it a try for our church bake sale!

Unknown said...

How can I make this into mini loaves? What would I decrease baking time to?

Anonymous said...

This is my go-to bread during Christmas and wintertime. So moist and flavorful...I love the REAL cranberries!! Thank you for posting this recipe!!

Marla Landry said...

I make this every year at Christmas. .yummm

Unknown said...

I soaked the dried cranberries in Triple sec. Mmmm the bread was yummy. Thanks for the recipe