Saturday, December 24, 2011

Cranberry Nut Bread Recipe

More DIY (in most cases at the Lucht household--BIY (Bake it Yourself)) Christmas gifts are strewn all over every surface of our home.

I decided to revisit a favorite that I made during Thanksgiving. This is a super versatile bread that makes for beautiful gifts. I did both full-sized loaves as well as mini loaves :). I found this recipe here.

(Yields one 8x4x2 loaf, 6 normal-sized mini loaves, or 4 larger mini loaves)
I usually double the recipe during gift-giving season to save on time...

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup butter
1 egg
3/4 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon grated orange peel (about 1 medium orange)
1 1/2 cups fresh (or frozen) cranberries
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

-In a bowl (I just use my stand mixer bowl), combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Cut in butter (I added butter a tablespoon at a time) until mixture resembles coarse crumbs (If using stand mixer, you might want to go in with your hands just to break it up evenly). Beat egg, orange juice, and peel; stir into dry ingredients until blended. Add the cranberries and walnuts.

-Spoon batter into your loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 65-70 minutes or when you can stick a toothpick in near the center and it comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, remove, and continue to cool on a wire rack.

If you want to make it just a smidge indulgent or add some "pretty" to an already pretty bread, you can make this easy cinnamon glaze:


1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 to 2 Tbsp milk or cream

Whisk together confectioner's sugar, cinnamon, vanilla extract and milk or cream. Add only enough cream to make a spreadable glaze.

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