I made this for the first time last weekend when my in-laws came for brunch. It is very moist and flavorful. I found it in The King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion, a big wonderful baking book I bought a few years ago.
- 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1 and ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ¾ tsp salt
- 1 orange, zest and juice (or 1/8 tsp orange oil and ¾ cup orange juice)
- ¾ cup buttermilk, sour cream or yogurt
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 3 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 cup cranberries: fresh, frozen, or dried, roughly chopped
- ½ cup chopped nuts (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- In a medium-sized bowl, combine the orange juice and zest, buttermilk, egg, and vegetable oil.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry in the bowl and mix until evenly combined.
- Stir in the cranberries and nuts, then pour the batter into a greased 9×5-inch loaf pan.
- Bake the bread for 55-65 minutes, until a tester inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean and the bread starts to pull away from the edges of the pan.
- Remove it from the oven and cool on a rack for 15 minutes, then turn it out of the pan to finish cooling.
- This loaf will slice better if wrapped when cool and left to rest overnight before serving.
When I made this, I used Craisins, dried buttermilk (made with water), pecans, and freshly squeezed orange juice with orange extract.
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About Sallie’s Favorite Comfort Food Recipes
These are recipes I have enjoyed throughout my life – as a child, as a young woman, and now as a wife and mom. I am sharing them because they taste good and are relatively easy to make. They only require basic ingredients that most women will be able to easily find and afford. I encourage you to use the best ingredients your can afford for the best results. It really does make a tremendous difference in the quality of the final product.
For example, I only use King Arthur Unbleached Flour for regular baking. After some inexplicable failed results at long-time favorites, I no longer use store brand butter for any baking. I only use Land O’Lakes. The difference is substantial and can mean the difference between a high quality end product and a mess.
And, please, if you do try one of my recipes and like it, come back and let me know in a comment. I truly do appreciate it when people do so!
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