|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 11g||14%|
|Saturated Fat 4g||20%|
|Total Carbohydrate 48g||17%|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||12%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
An orange icing makes this moist and delicious cranberry orange bread extra-special. Make the icing as thick or thin as you like and then drizzle or spread it over the quick bread. A light drizzling of icing adds bright orange flavor, and it doesn't distract from the tart cranberries.
Because it's made with fresh cranberries, it is seasonal. When fresh cranberries are available in the fall, freeze some to use throughout the year.
- 2 cups (9 ounces) all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans
- 2 cups fresh chopped cranberries
- 3/4 cup orange juice, from 3 oranges
- 2 to 3 tablespoons orange zest, from 3 oranges
- 4 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 egg, beaten
- For the Icing:
- 1 to 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, or more, as desired
- 1 to 3 tablespoons orange juice, from reserved orange juice
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
- 1 teaspoon orange zest, from reserved orange zest
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Heat the oven to 350 F (180 C/Gas Mark 4).
Grease and flour a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar until well blended. Stir in the pecans and chopped cranberries. With a wooden spoon, mix until ingredients are blended.
Put 3 tablespoons of the orange juice and 1 teaspoon of orange zest in a small bowl; set aside.
Combine the remaining orange zest, orange juice, and the 4 tablespoons of melted butter. Whisk in the egg. Pour over dry ingredients and mix just until all ingredients are dampened. Do not overmix.
Spoon the batter into the prepared loaf pan.
Bake in the preheated oven for about 55 to 65 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool in the pan on rack.
Meanwhile, make the icing. Stir 1 cup of confectioners' sugar with 1 tablespoon of the reserved orange juice, 1 tablespoon of melted butter, the reserved orange zest, and the 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla. Add more orange juice or more confectioners' sugar to get a good spreading or drizzling consistency.
- Because baking powder and baking soda begin to produce gas as soon as they are moistened, mix them with the flour and other dry ingredients before you combine them with the wet ingredients. And have the oven preheated and pan ready before you combine the dry with the wet.