Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Cranberry-Orange Bread...

This is one of my favorite things to make during the holiday season!

It's easy to make, my family loves it and it makes the house smell so good.

This is the bread that I made for the boys' teacher's to enjoy with their family during their Thanksgiving weekend.

If you get the chance, you should definitely try making it.

I bet you'll be hooked!

The recipe comes from

Betty Crocker's Best Of Baking

...a cookbook that was given to me by my Mom over 10 years ago.

It's a good one!


Cranberry-Orange Bread


2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 & 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
3/4 cup orange juice
1 egg
1 cup fresh cranberries, chopped
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)


Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottom only of loaf pan.
(8 & 1/2" x 4 & 1/2" x 2 & 1/2" or 9" x 5" x 3")

Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda; stir in butter until mixture is crumbly. Stir in orange peel, orange juice and egg just until moistened; stir in cranberries and nuts. Spread in pan.

Bake 8" loaf for 1 hour and 15 minutes, 9" loaf for 55 to 65 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes in the pan. Loosen sides of bread from pan and remove to a wire rack. Cool completely before slicing.

**I always make a double batch so that I can get two loaves out of it. The way my family eats this up, it's always better to have two! But, at Christmas time, I like to have a second loaf to wrap up and give to the neighbors. So, if you choose to bake two loaves at a time, be sure to decrease your cooking time to 45 minutes.**

The recipe says that one loaf yield's 24 slices...

not in this house, Betty!


P.S. I am posting this at:

Holiday Linky Friday at The Inspired Room


Meg said...

Mmmm sounds yummy! I make cranberry cinnamon bread this time of year but will have to try this receipe with orange in it next time, maybe this weekend... our cranberry cinnamon loaf is almost gone!
Thanks for sharing!


High Heels and Aprons said...

Yum! Cranberry orange bread is my absolute FAVE! Too bad it only makes an appearance this time of year... who in any stretch of imagination could ever get 24 slices from a 9x5 loaf? lol

Your cool friend Cheryl said...

This is absolutely my favorite bread/muffin!

lkjatl said...

Yummy! I will definitely have to try this one. Thanks for sharing the recipe Karla!!

Fawn@Party of Five said...

sounds delish! I'm bookmarking this to try later this week :)

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

It sounds delicious and looks pretty too! Thanks for sharing the recipe.


♥ Amy Rose Designs said...

Love this recipe!

Thanks for posting it.

Michelle said...

Looks yummy and I'm going to give it a whirl this afternoon. One question though, if I double the batch why would I decrease the baking time? More of something usually requires a longer baking time.

Karla said...

Hi Michelle - honestly, I have no idea! Maybe someone else can answer with the science behind why...all I know for sure is that we went through several double batches trying to come up with the right cooking time. Baking two loves for over an hour burns them. We've found that 45 minutes (give or take a few) is the perfect amount of time. Just make sure that your toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center - as soon as it does, pull the bread out of the oven!

Meg - I think you should share your recipe for Cranberry Cinnamon Bread with the rest of us! :)

~Karla @ It's The Little Things...

Mats and Monica said...

Thank you, thank you!

Carrie said...

Can't wait to try it! I've bookmarked the page and I'm off to the store to get the ingredients. Thanks for sharing!

Tricia said...

Hi Karla.
This looks so yummy. I am including a link in my Inspire My Saturday post today.


Sarah said...

I made it! And I posted it over on my blog, with a little credit to you. :) Thank you for sharing the recipe.