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Sweet and Tart Cranberry Orange Quick Bread

Cranberry bread is a delightful alternative to muffins this time of year.  It's cranberry season so there is no better time to make this bread.  

As the fall season comes to a close and the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays approach, a warm, comforting aroma beckons from your kitchen. It's the scent of freshly baked cranberry orange quick bread, with all the flavors that perfectly capture the essence of the season.

This easy-to-follow recipe will transform your kitchen into a haven of warmth and fragrance, filling your home with the irresistible aroma of autumn. With the simple ingredients and straightforward recipe, you'll be creating this tasty treat that will have your family and friends asking for seconds.

Cranberry Orange Quick Bread for Breakfast or Snacks

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Cranberry Bread for Breakfast

Make an extra loaf or two for your freezer.  One loaf just won't be enough.  The combination of sweet and tart flavors makes this a favorite of mine. I hope it will become a favorite of yours, too.
Why You'll Love This Recipe

This cranberry orange quick bread recipe is more than just a delectable treat; it's an experience that will delight your taste buds and fill your home with the warm, inviting scents of autumn. Here are just a few reasons why you'll love this recipe:

It's Family-Tested: This cranberry bread recipe is a tradition in my family.  It comes to you via my mom who always had a platter of various quick breads ready for us for holiday breakfasts.  

Effortless Preparation: With its straightforward steps and minimal ingredients, this recipe is perfect for bakers of all skill levels, from novices to seasoned pros. This cranberry bread really is quick to make.  You can make this recipe entirely by hand, without the assistance of any electric kitchen gadgets.  A pastry blender makes the process of cutting in the vegetable shortening a breeze.  

A Burst of Seasonal Flavors: The combination of tart cranberries, zesty orange, and crunchy walnuts creates a symphony of flavors that will tantalize your senses.

The Autumnal Aromas: As the quick bread bakes, your home will be filled with the intoxicating aroma of warm spices and citrus, evoking the cozy atmosphere of autumn.

Gifting Made Easy: With its festive flavors and impressive presentation, this quick bread makes an ideal gift for friends, family, and colleagues. 

It Freezes Well: This is a festive way to keep the family satisfied on those mornings when you may be too busy for a big breakfast.  Make a loaf or two now and pop them in the freezer for Christmas morning.  Yum!

My Tips for Success

I use Crisco shortening in this bread.  My mother used it so I use it.

Don't chop your cranberries too finely. a coarse chop is good enough.

Use the juice from the orange and add extra orange juice as necessary to reach the 3/4 cup of fresh orange juice required.

One..two...three...let's make it!

How to Make Cranberry Orange Bread

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The Cranberry Orange Bread Recipe

breakfast, cranberry bread, Christmas breakfast, Thanksgiving Breakfast
breakfast, snack
American
Yield: 12 slices
Author: Donna Urso
Cranberry Bread

Cranberry Bread

A sweet and tart cranberry orange bread that is a perfect autumn alternative to muffins.
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 60 MinTotal time: 1 H & 15 M

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a standard 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir with a whisk to combine well.
  3. Cut in the shortening until the mixture resembles cornmeal.
  4. Zest the orange and squeeze the juice. Take a deep breath as you zest that orange. The scent of the orange will brighten your day as well as add flavor to this yummy bread.
  5. Measure the juice in a measuring cup. Depending on the juiciness of your orange, you may need to add more juice to get 3/4 cups.
  6. Add the zest and the egg to the juice and mix to combine. Add the juice mixture to the dry mixture all at once and stir just to combine.
  7. Add the cranberries and nuts to the mixture all at once. Using a spatula, fold in the nuts and cranberries to distribute.
  8. Pour the batter into the greased loaf pan. Sprinkle with raw or sparkling sugar, if you desire.
  9. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely before serving.

Notes

This cranberry bread makes a delightful breakfast for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Nutrition Facts

Calories

238.23

Fat (grams)

8.08 g

Sat. Fat (grams)

2.39 g

Carbs (grams)

38.33 g

Fiber (grams)

1.57 g

Net carbs

36.76 g

Sugar (grams)

19.96 g

Protein (grams)

4.09 g

Sodium (milligrams)

271.44 mg

Cholesterol (grams)

17.89 mg

Nutritional info. is approximate.





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