While I’m not a huge fan of banana bread – meh – or even pumpkin bread, for that matter, I happen to lurve cranberry bread. I especially lurve cranberry orange bread. With nuts, please. As you know, cranberries are plentiful around here these days so the other day I made a Cranberry Nut Bread.
Cranberry Nut Bread
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
2 tablespoons shortening
1 egg, well beaten
1 1/2 cups cranberries, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup chopped nuts
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.
Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a medium mixing bowl. Stir in orange juice, orange peel, shortening and egg. Mix until well blended. Stir in cranberries and nuts. Spread evenly in loaf pan.
Bake for 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a rack for 15 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely.
I have to say – I didn’t have any orange juice but I did have oranges so I squeezed them and used fresh orange juice and I can’t believe the difference that made. So much orange-y flavor! I’m going to use fresh orange juice from now on.
And now – go forth! Make cranberry nut bread!