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festive cranberry loaf

a recipe by
Salt Life, FL

I adopted this recipe and it turned out fabulous. Thank you JAP for the basic recipe. I added 1 whole orange instead of juice, and made it into two loaves instead of one recipe, and now I am glad I did as one would just not be enough. It is decorated with vanilla chips and red and green sugars. I was a little hesitatant to add the cranberry juice because I had never seen a bread with cranberry juice, but I took the chance and added it in with other ingredients so that the ph would not affect the baking soda or powder that much. I am so glad I did because it just has that holiday flavor that smells and taste of Christmas. A great holiday recipe, and a must have for Christmas dinner. I made three smaller loaves and froze two.

serves 2 Loaves
prep time 20 Min
cook time 50 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For festive cranberry loaf

  • 4 c
    a/p flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 3
    egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 c
    cranberry juice
  • 1 tsp
  • 2 1/2 c
  • 1 1/2 c
    oil (or i substituted 1/2 applesauce)
  • 2 c
    whole cranberries or cranraisins
  • 1
    whole orange pulp rind the whole orange. (remove core)
  • 1 c
    chopped walnuts
  • 1 c
    vanilla chips
  • 1/4 c
    colored sugar

How To Make festive cranberry loaf

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease two bread pans.
  • 2
    Cut up orange and remove core. In a blender or food processor process the orange so that the rind and orange sections are broken down. Add the cranberries and pulse once or twice. Add juice and sugar and pulse again. Be sure to add the juice and the sugar with the cranberries and orange.
  • 3
    In a large bowl, mix together oil (applesauce if using) and eggs. Mix in orange and cranberry mixture, and vanilla. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Gradually blend flour mixture into the cranberry mixture. Pour into the prepared loaf pans.
  • 4
    Bake for 50 to 60 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack, and cool completely. If making smaller loaves cook for less time.
  • 5
    Melt the vanilla chips in the microwave and pour over cooled bread...while still warm sprinkle with colored sugar.