Following is my take on a Cranberry Orange Bread recipe that I originally found on foodnetwork.com. It’s now one of my family’s favorites, and the children and I make it every Christmas season. It makes the house smell amazing and puts us all in the holiday spirit!
It’s easy enough that new cooks can try it with great success, so get cooking and surprise your family this weekend!
- 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for loaf pan
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 stick cold butter, cut into pea size pieces, plus extra for loaf pan
- 1 orange, zested
- 3/4 cup fresh orange juice
- 1 egg
- 1 cup dried cranberries
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a food processor combine the flour, sugars, salt, baking soda and butter. Pulse, pulse, pulse until the mixture resembles finely grated cheese. Add the orange zest, juice and the egg. Pulse until the mixture is combined – Don’t mix too much or you’ll get tough, dense bread. Remove to a bowl and stir in the cranberries.
Grease and flour the loaf pan and add the batter. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Rotate the pan halfway through the cooking time to insure even cooking.
When you take it out of the oven, let it cool on a rack still in the pan for 20 minutes, then remove and let it completely cool before cutting.