I know I keep saying it but…
Can you believe Christmas is in just two weeks?
I can’t! I mean where did December go?
It’s been busy around here, that’s for sure. We’ve already attended two Holiday parties, and of course all the Christmas shopping, wrapping, and I’m still making last minute touches on our decorating!
But this week it’s all about the baking!
I have gift baskets to fill, cookies to frost and plenty of yummy sweet treats to deliver before next week!
As I mentioned in my Christmas Morning Gift Basket post a couple of weeks ago, one of the quick bread recipes I love to gift is this Cranberry-Orange bread.
Sometimes the bread made around the holidays can be SUPER heavy and even worse, SUPER sweet. Not so with this bread.
It is actually quite light and the tartness of the cranberries definitely compliment the sweetness of the orange.
You can also change the recipe up a bit by making one large loaf instead of two mini, but I LOVE the mini loaves! Not only are they the perfect size for gift giving, they are also the perfect size to serve for brunch or breakfast, or just as a snack!
And they freeze well, so I like to make a few batches up for our freezer just in case we have unexpected guests.
I plan on bringing a few loaves to my daughter and son in laws for Christmas morning as we will be spending it at their house this year!
Here is the recipe!
Cranberry Orange Bread
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 stick butter softened
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 tsp grated orange peel
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1 cup coarsely chopped cranberries
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds optional
Preheat oven to 350.
Combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Set aside. Beat butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add eggs one at a time. Add vanilla and orange juice. Slowly pour in dry ingredients. Mix until just incorporated. Fold in orange peel and nuts. Pour batter into two greased and floured mini loaf pans (or one large). Bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let bread cool before removing from pans.
Where are you at in preparing for the holidays?
Are you getting stressed out?
I’ll be sharing some tips in an early post next week that will hopefully help if so!
Have an amazing weekend!
Blessings and hugs,