I like to make this bread for Christmas every year. There’s something about orange and cranberries that is festive, and serves as a healthier alternative to all the candy and cookies that abound this time of year. I especially like it for breakfast with a hot cup of tea.
(from a Betty Crocker recipe)
Yield: 2 loaves
- 4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cup sugar
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
- 2 tablespoons grated orange peel
- 1 1/2 cup orange juice
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups fresh or frozen (thawed and drained) cranberries, chopped
- 1 cup chopped nuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the bottoms only of 2 loaf pans, 8 1/2 X 4 1/2 X 2 1/2 inches, or 9 X 5 X 3 inches. Mix flour, sugar,
in a large bowl.
into dry mixture with a pastry blender until pea sized.
Stir in orange juice
until just moistened.
Stir in cranberries, orange peel, and nuts.
Spread evenly into pans.
Bake 8 inch loaves 1 hour 15 minutes, and 9 inch loaves 55 to 65 minutes, or until wooden toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven,
and cover with towel until cool.
Then remove towel and cover with plastic wrap.
This bread slices best the following day. Serve thinly sliced with softened butter or cream cheese.
And don’t forget to check out my other holiday dinner recipes: