Do you sense the holidays are around the corner? I just saw some homes with lights up and we haven’t even celebrated Thanksgiving yet! But I love this time of year so I won’t complain and what better way to kick off the holiday season than with baking.Oh let that comforting aroma of baking embrace your home with holiday spirit. With fresh cranberries abundantly available these days I love to bake a soft and moist loaf of cranberry orange bread. A perfect combination of sweet and tartness turns this cranberry orange bread into a delectable breakfast treat for guests.
Now some may get intimidated by the tartness of cranberries but by halving the berries and gently tossing in 1 tablespoon of confectioners’ sugar you can alleviate the over puckering of sour mouths. Cutting the cranberries and dredging them in the sugar allows them to evenly distribute throughout the bread. Don’t these dusted cranberries remind you of that beautiful first dusting of winter snow?
I like to use a combination of all purpose flour with a little whole wheat pastry flour for a more enriched texture of the bread. After whisking the dry ingredients, I gently mixed in the cranberries. In a separate bowl whisk together the brown and granulated sugar and then mix in one beaten egg. This cranberry orange bread is super moist because of the addition of vanilla greek yogurt, melted butter and orange juice. Add these ingredients to the sugar and eggs. To further enhance the orange flavor add the zest from one orange or even two if you really want to ramp up the orange flavor.
Bake in a preheated oven for between 50 minutes to an hour or until a toothpick comes out clear once poked into the center of the bread.
This cranberry orange bread is wonderful by its own but I love to add a drizzle of orange glaze once the bread is cool. The orange glaze is a simple combination of confectioners sugar, orange juice and vanilla extract. Please note that if you do add the vanilla extract the glaze will turn slightly off white in color. If you can find a colorless vanilla extract please let me know in the comments down below. Alternatively you can skip the vanilla extract to ensure a beautiful white shiny glaze over the cranberry bread.
So onwards we march into the holiday season. Happy baking and blessings to you all!