Who can resist a perfectly moist and flavorful quick bread with a cup of coffee in the morning or a tall glass of milk after dinner? No one who tries this Cranberry Orange Quick Bread! This sweet loaf is bursting with bright citrus flavor that perfectly complements the tangy cranberries—it’s literally an explosion of flavor in your mouth!
And the texture is out of this world. Buttery softy, ultra-moist and just dense enough to be satisfying. You’ll want to savor every slice—and make a second loaf when the first disappears far too quickly. We’re sure your whole family will love this sweet treat!
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup shortening
1 cup fresh cranberries, chopped
3/4 cup fresh orange juice
Zest of one orange
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup chopped nuts
Raw sugar, for topping, optional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a standard loaf pan. In a medium bowl mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir with a whisk to combine well.
Cut is the shortening until the mixture resembles cornmeal.
Zest the orange and squeeze the juice. Measure the juice in a measuring cup. Add the zest and the egg to the juice and mix to combine. Add the juice mixture to the dry mixture all at once and stir just to combine.
Add the cranberries and nuts to the mixture all at once. Using a spatula, fold in the nuts and cranberries to distribute. Pour the batter into the greased loaf pan. Sprinkle with raw sugar, if you desire. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely before serving.
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Quick tip: Drizzle some sugar glaze on top of this bread, for extra sweetness.
Recipe and Image courtesy of Just One Donna.