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Cranberry Orange Bread

Cranberry Orange BreadA sweet treat during the holiday season, but can be served anytime of the year.

Recipe Ingredients:

Cooking spray
1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup pecan halves, shells removed
3 strips orange zest, bitter white pith removed
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 small apple (about 5 ounces total)
3 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
3 teaspoons buttermilk
1/3 cup dried cranberries

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Lightly spray an 8x4x2-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
  3. To a food processor insert a metal blade and pulse to coarsely chop pecan halves, and then add cranberries and continue to pulse.
  4. Now to a stand up mixer add butter, sugar, zest from an orange, eggs and vanilla.
  5. Now to a separate bowl add flour, baking powder and salt.
  6. Add this flour mixture to the stand up mixer in 3 additions.
  7. Add buttermilk in 2 additions.
  8. Now fold the cranberry and pecan mixture into the batter.
  9. Transfer batter to prepared pan.
  10. Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 55 to 60 minutes.
  11. Cool in pan on a wire rack.

Makes 1 loaf.

Recipe provided courtesy of HolidayKitchen.tv. Photograph property of CooksRecipes.com.