26 June 2010

Weekend Cooking: Cranberry-Orange Bread

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By request, today's Weekend Cooking post is my recipe for cranberry-orange bread. I have no source for this recipe, it's one I copied down many years ago. All measures are U.S. standards.

EDIT: I rushed to get this post up this morning and failed to say that this is a family favorite, and I've given this bread for Christmas and house gifts for years. I buy extra cranberries in the fall to freeze so I can make this year round. Moist and good.

Cranberry-Orange Bread

1 9-inch loaf
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1½ teaspoon baking powder
  • Juice and grated zest of 1 orange
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • ½ cup chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans)
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-inch loaf pan.

Sift flour, salt, baking soda, sugar, and baking powder into a large bowl. Put the orange juice and zest in a measuring cup and add enough boiling water to make ¾ cup liquid. Add the juice mixture to the dry ingredients. Add the egg and butter, and mix just enough to moisten the flour. Fold in the cranberries and nuts.

Pour the batter in the prepared pan and bake 45 to 50 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry. Cool on a wire rack until warm, turn out of pan to finish cooling.



Beth 6/26/10, 7:01 AM  

I always love the flavor combination of cranberry and orange...it makes me think of Christmas!

Shelly B 6/26/10, 7:03 AM  

Sounds yummy!! Will have to remember this when school starts again. Love this feature on your blog...hoping to participate soon!

Rikki 6/26/10, 7:23 AM  

That sounds really delicious. I agree with Beth, it seesm to be the perfect Christmas or winter bread.

Julie P. 6/26/10, 7:43 AM  

I have this exact recipe. It was given to me by my mother-in-law. I make it all fall and winter long. It has become a family favorite.

caite 6/26/10, 8:01 AM  

I totally agree with loving the combo of orange and cranberries. That sounds like a winner...I am off to copy it down.

bermudaonion 6/26/10, 8:39 AM  

Sounds delicious - I love that it doesn't make too much, either. I'll have a Weekend Cooking post tomorrow!

Beth 6/26/10, 8:55 AM  

I apologize for linking twice...but I gave the wrong link (the one from last week). sorry!

softdrink 6/26/10, 9:21 AM  

Yum! I love cranberries. I've been adding them to my oatmeal lately...I'm afraid that's as culinary as I get.

JoAnn 6/26/10, 9:38 AM  

This recipe is going straight to our files! Love the cranberry and orange combination... can't wait to try it.

Sandy Nawrot 6/26/10, 9:51 AM  

I really need to read these posts AFTER breakfast. This has been a particularly yummy Saturday!

Nan 6/26/10, 12:41 PM  

One of my favorite combos! I've copied the recipe and saved it. Thank you!

Margot at Joyfully Retired 6/26/10, 12:47 PM  

Add me to the list of those who love the combination of the flavors in this bread. I can already tell that oranges, cranberries and nuts will make this a favorite at my house. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Kim 6/26/10, 2:23 PM  

Your bread sounds yummy! I will have to print it out to try sometime soon.

Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness) 6/26/10, 3:25 PM  

Yum, sounds delicious! I was at the Farmer's Market this morning and thinking about how excited I am to eat cranberries later in the summer.

Michele at Reader's Respite 6/26/10, 5:51 PM  

I'm saving this one, as well. It looks like a fabulous fall/holiday recipe that I know my family would love, love, love.

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks 6/26/10, 5:52 PM  

I'm laughing that you have no source for this, since it's been around so long. Knowing the way you improvise and make a recipe your own, it's likely to be unrecognizable from the original :)

So smart to freeze the fresh cranberries before they disappear from the stores (maybe I'll remember to do that!)

Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Heather 6/26/10, 9:48 PM  

Thank you so much for posting this! It sounds so yummy; I will definitely try making this soon... quite possibly early in the morning before it gets to hot. Hmm...I bet it goes GREAT with coffee!

leeswammes 6/27/10, 4:25 AM  

Sounds lovely. Unfortunately, cranberries are not something local here, they do appear in the freezer section around Christmas I think. But if I do find them around, I know what to do with them!

Have a great Sunday.

Wendy 6/27/10, 11:30 AM  

This sounds so yummy! I love breads...and if they have cranberries in them, all the better :)

Rose City Reader 6/27/10, 4:25 PM  

My weekend cooking project was a dud. Drat that Martha Stewart!

Esme 6/27/10, 11:35 PM  

I love anything with cranberries in it.

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