Cranberry Orange Bread
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Full of fresh tangy cranberries, orange zest, and toasted nuts, Cranberry-Orange Bread create a beautiful festive looking bread. It’s perfect to serve during the holidays or to give as a gift.
Recipe type: Dessert | Quick Bread
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ⅔ cup buttermilk, chilled
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • ⅓ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest (about half of 1 orange)
  • 1½ cups fresh cranberries, coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup toasted walnuts or pecans, coarsely chopped
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare one 9x5x2¾ inch loaf pan; lightly grease the pan with shortening and dust with flour. Tip: to make baked bread easier to remove from pan, lightly grease the pan, line with parchment paper, and then lightly grease the top of the parchment paper and dust with flour.
  1. In a medium mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine sugar, egg, buttermilk, melted butter, orange juice, and orange zest; whisk together until well blended. Add flour mixture; stir just until blended. Add cranberries and nuts; lightly stir to mix in.
  3. Bake: Pour batter in the loaf pan. Bake 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove pan from oven and let cool about 15 minutes. Grabbing the top edges of the parchment paper, lift bread from loaf pans and place on a wire cooling rack to finish cooling. Remove parchment paper and discard.
Testing for doneness: Use the baking times given in the recipe as an estimate as some ovens bake faster or slower than others. Insert a wooden toothpick or long wooden skewer near the center of the bread and remove it. There should be a few moist crumbs attached to the toothpick or skewer, but not batter. Or, insert an instant read thermometer into the middle of the loaf; the internal temperature should range between 195-205 degrees F. Tip: I like to use a combination of the toothpick test plus a temperature reading using a Super-Fast Thermapen Thermometer for an accurate test of doneness.
Recipe Adapted from The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook
Recipe Notes
Pan: One 9"x5"x2¾" loaf Pan Prep: Greased and Floured Oven Temp: 375° Yield: 1 Loaf Storage: Covered, Room Temperature

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