Wow this bread was very delicious. And pretty darned quick to mix together. And pretty for the holidays. I made adaptations to the recipe because I didn't have exact ingredients, but I'm thinking it could have made it better! I'll have to do a comparison. Maybe. Someday. I never will.
Cranberry Orange Tea Bread
Compliments of JennaDish
adapted from The Best Quick Breads by Beth Hensperger
MAKES ONE 8" x 4" LOAF
1 1/2 cups whole fresh cranberries
1 cup sugar
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg (I used cinnamon)
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt (I used fine sea salt)
grated zest of 2 oranges (I used 1 Tablespoon granulated orange peel from Fresh Market)
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
3/4 cup orange juice (I used 100% cranberry juice)
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 Tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350oF. Grease and flour an 8 x 4 inch loaf pan or spray with cooking spray. Combine the cranberries and sugar in the bowl of a food processor with a steel blade. Pulse until coarsely ground. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, spices, and salt. Add the orange zest and walnuts and mix with wire whisk.
In a small bowl, combine the juice and eggs. Beat with a whisk until frothy. Add the vanilla extracta nd cranberry mixture and stir to combine. Pour over the dry ingredients and the pour in the melted butter. Stir with a large spatula just until moistened and evenly mixed.
Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake in the center of the oven for 45 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick in the middle comes out clean. The top of the loaf should be crusty and golden. (If the edge is getting too brown before the middle is done, cover the edges with foil until done). Let cool 10-15 minutes in pan. Carefully turn out onto a cooling rack (edges could break off easily) and allow to cool to room temperature. Wrap with plastic wrap and let sit overnight.
This bread has plenty of taste to serve along. Or serve with whipped cream cheese or butter.