Monday, December 22, 2014

Monday Food Post - Cranberry Orange Bread with Light Orange Glaze


This recipe is from 'For the Love of Cooking' and its host is Pam.  I like to browse through frequently as Pam has a whole lot of recipes that I would like to try some time and my list is getting very long. As we are having company soon and this sounded so delicious, I wanted to make it for our guests.

The link for this particular recipe is here.





Cranberry Orange Bread with a Light Orange Glaze


Yields 1 loaf

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 55-60 minutes


Ingredients:


Bread:


2 cups flour

1/2 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Zest of 1 large orange
2/3 cup orange juice
2 eggs, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons butter, melted
3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
1-1/4 cups fresh cranberries

Glaze:


1 cup powdered sugar

1-2 tablespoons orange juice, to taste

Directions:


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Coat a small loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.


Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into a mixing bowl.  


Stir in orange zest until well combined.


Make a well in the center and add the orange juice, eggs, melted butter and melted coconut oil.  


Stir from the center until the ingredients are blended.  


Be careful not to over mix.


Add the cranberries.


Stir until just blended.


Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, about 55 to 60 minutes.  


Let the bread cool in the pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a rack to cool completely.


Make the glaze by combining the powdered sugar and orange juice together until you reach your desired glaze thickness.


Place some wax paper under the bread on the rack.


Pour the glaze evenly over the cooled bread.  Slice and serve plain or spread with butter.  




This is delicious.  We both enjoyed it.  It would also make a nice homemade gift wrapped in cellophane and pretty ribbons.  It's a real pretty bread.  It is good with or without butter.  I liked mine plain and Gregg enjoyed his with butter.  

The cranberries are tart but again we both enjoyed the sweet/tart combination.  

As I have heard about the goodness in coconut oil I was interesting in trying it.  It looks a little like shortening but is a whole lot healthier.  It also gives the bread a lovely coconut flavor. There are two sites I went to, here, and here

Did I tell you how good the house smells when this is baking?  The aroma is incredible!

Thank you Pam for this and for all the other dishes I am going to try.  Please check out Pam's blog,  'For the Love of Cooking' and look at all her other delicious recipes.