Cranberry Orange Bread – Experience the flavors of our Cranberry Orange Bread, a masterpiece that combines the tangy essence of cranberries, with the zesty kick of oranges. This bread recipe achieves a harmony between sweetness and tanginess making it an ideal indulgence for any time of day. With its moist texture and vibrant citrus undertones this Cranberry Orange Bread is a must-try recipe that will leave your taste buds yearning for more. Prepare yourself for a baking adventure that fills your kitchen with the aroma of pure joy.
The moment I discovered this enchanting Cranberry Orange Bread recipe I knew I simply had to give it a whirl. The mere thought of cranberries mingling with oranges in a fluffy loaf intrigued me immensely. As I skillfully blended the ingredients together fond memories of my family eagerly anticipating that first heavenly slice flooded my mind. The captivating aroma that permeated my kitchen as the bread baked was as enchanting as the first bite itself. Even my husband and child who are not typically fans of fruity breads were utterly captivated. Their smiles, with each bite, were truly the gratifying rewards any baker could hope for.
What makes this Cranberry Orange Bread truly special?
What truly sets our Cranberry Orange Bread apart is its fusion of flavors. The cranberries impart a burst of tanginess that beautifully complements the sweetness brought forth by the orange glaze. The soft and delicate texture of the bread is a reflection of the combined ingredients resulting in each slice being a delightful indulgence. This bread goes beyond being a recipe; it takes you on an adventure celebrating the perfect infusion of fruits that are both satisfying and comforting.
What You Need To Make This Cranberry Orange Bread Recipe?
Cranberries: These little gems are the star of the show, in this recipe adding a burst of color and tanginess to the bread. Whether you go for frozen cranberries just make sure to thaw. Rinse them if using frozen ones. This way they’ll infuse your bread with their essence. Maintain their juicy texture.
Yogurt: Although the recipe suggests plain yogurt you can definitely get creative. Try different variations. Greek yogurt adds richness while flavored yogurts introduce a layer of taste that’s worth exploring.
Orange Zest: Prepare for some magic when you add orange zest! It gives the bread that citrus aroma. To capture all the goodness make sure to use fragrant oranges and finely zest them.
Flour: The recipe calls for 1 ½ cups of flour plus an additional tablespoon. While all-purpose flour will give you that classic texture don’t be afraid to venture into wheat flour or other alternative flours for a unique twist on this recipe.
Sugar: The amount of sugar, in the bread not only provides sweetness. Also contributes to its overall structure. Feel free to adjust the sugar quantity according to your personal taste preferences. You could try reducing the amount of sugar or even trying out sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup to add a taste to your recipe.
Oil: The recipe suggests using vegetable oil, which adds flavor and moisture to the bread. If you’re looking for alternatives you might want to consider substituting it with melted coconut oil or unsweetened applesauce. While these options may slightly change the flavor they will still yield a delicious loaf.
Steps To Make Cranberry Orange Bread:
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure to grease and flour all sides and the bottom of a loaf pan so that the bread comes out easily.
Step 2: In a bowl work your magic by whisking the yogurt, eggs, vanilla, vegetable oil orange zest, and the star ingredient – sugar.
Step 3: Slowly add the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, and salt) into this mixture. Stir until you have a batter.
Step 4: Carefully pour this symphony of flavors into the loaf pan. Let it bake for about 50 to 55 minutes. To check if it’s ready insert a toothpick – if it comes out clean your masterpiece is done.
Step 5: Allow your Cranberry Orange Bread to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before transferring it onto a baking sheet placed on top of a cooling rack.
Step 6: While the bread takes its deserved break let’s create an orange syrup. In a saucepan combine sugar and fresh orange juice until the sugar completely dissolves in the citrusy blend.
Step 7: Using a toothpick make a constellation of holes, across the top and sides of your bread – they are, like gateways to flavor. When the sugar dissolves into the orange juice gently spread this mixture onto the surface of the bread to add a sweetness to every bite.
Step 8: Let the loaf continue to cool down and soak up the syrup with a hint of orange.
Step 9: Now for the finishing touch – prepare a glaze that will adorn your creation. Combine powdered sugar, with a dash of orange juice until it reaches a flowing consistency.
Step 10: Drizzle this glaze over your Cranberry Orange Bread in a manner allowing it to flow down the sides like a sugary waterfall. Be patient while it sets, creating anticipation, for the treat that awaits you.
Step 11: Enjoy every moment as you slice into your masterpiece. The bread’s texture, infused with cranberries and oranges invites you to savor its essence.
To enhance the citrusy taste you might want to think about including a hint of squeezed orange juice, in the batter. Take about a tablespoon of orange juice from the zested oranges. Mix it with the ingredients before adding the dry ones. This straightforward addition intensifies the orange essence, in each mouthful taking your Cranberry Orange Breads flavor to another level.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can I use frozen cranberries instead of fresh ones?
Of course! You can definitely use frozen cranberries instead of fresh ones. Just make sure, to thaw. Rinse them before using to preserve the desired texture.
What’s the key to achieving the perfect glaze consistency?
The trick to achieving the perfect consistency of your glaze is to add orange juice to powdered sugar while stirring. This way you can customize the thickness of the glaze according to your preference.
Can I replace vegetable oil with a healthier alternative?
Certainly! If you’re looking for an alternative you can replace oil with options, like applesauce or melted coconut oil. It will give you an equally delicious outcome.
Cranberry Orange Bread
Experience the blend of flavors in our Cranberry Orange Bread. A captivating combination of cranberries and zesty orange zest that dances on your taste buds, with every delicious bite. This recipe brings back memories as the batter comes to life resulting in a moist and perfectly textured loaf. A drizzle of orange glaze adds the touch balancing the tartness and sweetness right. Let the aroma of this bread fill your kitchen creating a haven of comfort while you relish the joy of crafting a masterpiece that touches both your heart and your taste buds.
- Prep Time: 15 MINUTES
- Cook Time: 1 HOUR
- Total Time: 1 HOUR 15 MINUTES
- Yield: 12 1x
1 and a half cups of cranberries, fresh or frozen, thawed and rinsed
Half a cup of vegetable oil
Half a teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 teaspoons of orange zest
1 and a half cups, plus 1 tablespoon of flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
Half a teaspoon of salt
1 cup of plain yogurt
3 large eggs
1 cup of sugar
One-third cup of granulated sugar
One-third cup of fresh orange juice
1 cup of powdered sugar
2 to 3 tablespoons of orange juice
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Flour the sides and bottom of a loaf pan so that the bread comes out easily.
In a bowl mix together the yogurt, eggs, vanilla extract, vegetable oil orange zest and sugar until everything is well combined.
Gradually add the flour baking powder and salt to the mixture. Gently stir until mixed creating a batter.
Spread the batter evenly into the prepared loaf pan.
Bake the bread, in the preheated oven for around 50 to 55 minutes. To check if it’s done insert a toothpick into the center – if it comes out clean then your bread is fully baked.
Once baked allow the bread to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before transferring it onto a baking sheet placed on top of a cooling rack.
While waiting for the bread to cool down prepare an orange syrup. In a saucepan over low heat combine granulated sugar and fresh orange juice. Cook until all sugar is dissolved completely.
Using a toothpick or skewer make holes, over the top and sides of your bread.
Evenly. Drizzle the orange syrup onto the surface of your bread letting it soak in and infuse all those flavors. After you’ve taken the bread out of the oven it’s important to let it cool completely on the rack. This will help the flavors come together nicely.
To make the orange glaze mix sugar with a small amount of orange juice until you reach your desired consistency.
Drizzle the glaze, over the bread letting it flow down the sides in a way.
Give the glaze 15 minutes to set before you start slicing the bread.
When serving each slice make sure to do it with a smile and enjoy the combination of cranberries, orange zest and soft texture.
Don’t forget to share your Cranberry Orange Bread creation, with loved ones and appreciate all those flavors you’ve brought to life.
Easily make a gluten-free version of this recipe simply by replacing regular all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend. Make sure to choose a blend that includes a binding agent such as xanthan gum or guar gum. This will make sure to maintain the bread’s structure. All the other ingredients are the same. Savor the flavors and textures of this delightful Cranberry Orange Bread without any concerns about gluten.
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