Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Cranberry Orange Bread



Quick breads were discovered  here in America. This includes anything that uses a leavening agent other than yeast. They get their name coz you don't wait for the yeast to help raise the bread. They were  popular during the period of great depression.

You may wonder why i mention this now? please don't read between the lines!

Here is a perfect quick bread for the holiday season. I wanted to make cranberry and orange muffins and had bookmarked a few. Most of the recipes used fresh cranberries. I was a little reluctant to use fresh ones due to their tartness. I was pretty sure my kids would not eat them. I used craisins which are dried sweetened cranberries. I used 1/4 cup OJ from the orange I zested and 1/4 cup store brought OJ. The reason being, i spilled the fresh OJ! The zest and the fresh OJ gives it a nice fragrance and the whole house smelled fabulous while baking!
Feel free to replace fresh cranberries


Get ready

  • 1 &1/2 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 cup Orange Juice
  • Zest from 1 orange
  • 1 stick Unsalted Butter, at room temperature ( if from fridge, nuke it for 30 secs)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup dried Cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 large Eggs
Go
  • Pre heat oven to 350 C
  • add 2 tbsp of flour to the cranberries, walnuts and mix well. this helps them from not sinking at the bottom of the bread.
  • Mix salt, baking powder, flour and keep aside.
  • Cream the butter and sugar well.
  • Add the eggs and cream them well. I used only a whisk!
  • Add the OJ, zest, flour, cranberries, walnuts and fold in well till everything is well incorporated.
  • make sure you don't beat them too much as it make your bread very tough.
  • Pour it in a loaf pan, (i used foil one) and bake for about 50 mins or till a tooth pick comes clean.

The same batter can be used to make muffins too. I baked 4 of them and it takes about 15 mins to bake them.

Enjoy it any time and share it with your friends.
I am taking this to work tomorrow for everyone to relish!

Also check out my Cranberry Salsa , which is to die for!

I am sending this bread for Breakfast Club and this event


17 comments:

  1. Bread looks delicious..I love both the fruits n I m sure I must like d bread too

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  2. A quick, easy & tasty bread...Bookmarking this..!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  3. lolz- i loved the part where u said don't read between the lines :D fine bread with nice flavours

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  4. wow delicious and flavourful bread,luks yum...

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  5. Wow! The bread looks fluffy and delicious and yummy!

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  6. Delicious looking cranberry and orange bread. Lovely preparation.

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  7. Wat a beautiful looking great bread,prefectly baked..

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  8. Delicious and soft bread..lovely

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  9. Perfectly baked bread...nice presentation!

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  10. perfectly baked and delicious bread..looks yum..

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  11. Abolutely delicious looking bread! Mouth watering!!!!

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  12. very perfect and nice presentation
    http://cookbookjaleela.blogspot.com/2011/11/hammus-1.html

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  13. Beautiful fresh flavors, lovely first pic!
    BTW, I love the new neat look you have given to your space :)
    USMasala

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  14. sounds awesome with rich tempting flavors..;P
    Tasty Appetite

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  15. Awesome..Thanks for posting this..First time here..I am your new follower..Do check my blog sometime..

    Aarthi
    http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/

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