Recipe by Carol
"This is an excellent flavor to choose from. Orange and cranberry flavors will be sure to put you in the holiday spirit. It tastes even better the next day."
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1 1/2 teaspoons
grated orange zest
1 1/2 cups
pecans, coarsely chopped
This is a delicious recipe--I poured about a 1/2 cup glaze of orange juice, powdered sugar, & vanilla over the loaf while it was still in the pan--just adds another layer of flavor to an already great mix of tart & sweet. Thanks Carol!
When I made this bread I thought the dough was a bit too stiff - more like biscotti than a quick bread, but I thought that perhaps the fresh cranberries would weep a bit during the cooking process and that the recipe accomodated for that. Turns out that I was right, it would have made great biscotti! I think I may leave out the cranberries and use it that way instead - then it will be great! The orange flavor was really nice and the texture is very coarse - perfect for biscotti, but not great for a fruit bread.
Oh My God! This is a beautiful bread, both in taste and aesthetic. I followed the suggestion of another reviewer and mixed up a simple glaze of orange juice, vanilla and confectioners sugar, drizzling it over the top while the loaf is still hot. Gives it a gorgeous shine, and an initial sweet taste with the after tart of the cranberry. If you're looking for a nice large loaf, for breakfast or afternoon tea...THIS IS THE ONE YOU'RE LOOKING FOR! I will never use any recipe but this from now on...not even Nana's!
Wow! I think I have ended my search for a cranberry bread recipe. This bread is just perfect, moist, relatively lowfat, and has lots of cranberries. I found that the recipe makes a large loaf that took a longer time to bake than specified. So, the next time I made it, I just doubled the batch and made 3 loaves and they baked perfectly. Also, a double batch uses exactly one bag of fresh/frozen cranberries. Another thing I did to improve the recipe was to drizzle the top with a powdered sugar icing (milk, vanilla, powdered sugar.) This icing hardened nicely, and the result was superb!
This is an awesome recipe. I cut my cranberries in half, did a double batch, & baked it in 3 loaf pans, as suggested by one of the reviewers, since my oven seems to be a little slow. My 3 loaves were done in 55 minutes. The flavor while still warm is amazing & it is still great after it cools. It is a rich, well-balanced flavor. It slices well after it cools completely. This recipe is a keeper, & when I do it again I will try using 3 8"x4" loaf pans. I found the texture to be nice & my bread turned out nicely moist. Thank you to Carol & to the reviewers who had such good suggestions. P.S. I tried the smaller loaf pans & the loaves came out taller, which I wanted. They baked in 50 minutes. The smaller size is easier to wrap in standard width plastic wrap, too.
This recipe is outstanding! I used 5.75" X 3.25" pans (for gifts). The recipe made 3 gift loaves and they were a HUGE hit! I chopped the frozen cranberries in a food processor -- they mixed with the orange juice to make the bread a beautiful peachy color. Even with the smaller pans, they took about an hour to bake. YUM!
I was a little worried when I tasted the cranberries (I'd never had "raw" cranberries before, and were they bitter!), but it came out fabulous. Stealthily addictive: you keep coming back for one more piece or morsel without realizing it. It smelled fantastic cooking, and is a great combination use of in-season winter fruits - cranberries & oranges!
*I substituted splenda baking blend in this recipie.
I found this recipie very easy to make, and it didn't take very long, either. While the cranberries were a little more sour than expected, (perhaps halving them would help?) it was still a family-pleaser. I made this twice, and the second time i doubled the amount of grated orange zest, and I have to say, I think that evened out the cranberry.
All in all it was fantastic and has proabbly made it's way into the "traditional" holiday recipies for my family.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Cranberry Orange Loaf
Serving Size: 1/12 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 12
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 69
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