Nov 24, 2014
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This bread.

OMG.

I LURRRRRRVE this stuff.

Cranberry Orange Bread is the kickoff of the holiday season in my kitchen.  I make it for Thanksgiving and continuously until after Christmas.  OBSESSED.  I love it for breakfast with coffee or OJ, or for a snack, or for dinner if I am feeling lazy.  You can freeze a bag of cranberries (and save it for summertime, which I have done.) because cranberry season is short–it’s mid- September through mid-December, typically.

 

Cranberry Orange Bread is sweet and tangy and I am addicted.   It’s a thick and dense bread with flavor jam-packed in every slice.  Those little cranberries are quite impressive.  I now have to make 2 loaves at a time because my kids will eat it right out from under me.  I will strong-arm a toddler over this bread.   It’s that good.

 

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Making it with Stephany’s Cranberry Orange Bread

makes 1 loaf of bread

 

2 cups of flour, I always use whole wheat flour, it’s great

1 cup of sugar

1.5 teaspoons of baking powder

1 teaspoon of salt

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

1, 12oz. package of fresh cranberries, chopped in blended or food processor

1/2 stick (1/4 cup) of butter, softened

1 egg, beaten

1 teaspoon of orange peel

3/4 cup of orange juice

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Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Start by combining all of the dry ingredients.  Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a large bowl.  Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly.  Then add egg, orange peel and orange juice to the bowl.  Stir until the mixture is evenly moist.  Fold in cranberries.

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Pour batter into a greased loaf pan, I like using a thin coat of shortening rubbed in with a folded (and clean) paper towel.  You can use non-stick cooking spray but that stuff bakes on to your pans and is a beast to get off.  The batter should fill the pan about 2/3rd full.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour and 10 mins.  Do the toothpick test, if it comes out clean, it is done.  Cool loaf in pan for 10 minutes before removing and transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.

makingitwithstephanycranberry_007Eat. Enjoy. Repeat.