I have a weakness for citrus-y baked goods. Give me anything lemon or orange and I’m a happy girl. Must be a “woman thing” ’cause most of my girlfriends can definitely relate to this weakness. Mitch, on the other hand, can take citrus-infused treats or leave ’em. They’re always my first pick and his last. Ha! But when it came to the yummy cranberry orange bread I’m sharing with you today, Mitch, too, was a fan. As were my boys. We ate it at breakfast, for an after-school snack, and even as a tasty dessert after dinner. It’s that versatile. 🙂
Between the moist cake-like bread, tarty cranberries, the sweet orange, and that delightful glaze on top…this bread is the ultimate accompaniment to a cup o’ Joe or tea. My mouth is watering just looking at these pictures.
I used Golden Barrel Coconut Oil, which makes for a very moist bread. Buttermilk is another ingredient used to bring tenderness and moisture to your favorite breads. Its use here aids in a slightly acidic batter, which helps break down gluten, making for a soft, creamy texture. Since I didn’t have any buttermilk on hand, I simply measured out 2 tablespoons of lemon juice (you can also use vinegar) and filled my batter bowl with milk to the 2 cup line. Just stir and let sit for about 5 minutes, and you have yourself some homemade buttermilk! Using Golden Barrel brown sugar, in addition to white sugar, gives the bread even more flavor and moistness. Frozen cranberries are readily available in your grocery store if fresh ones aren’t. I used frozen here. After I poured the batter into the pans, I sprinkled the tops with sanding sugar. You couldn’t see the sugar afterward, but it baked into the tops to help form a crusty-topped bread.
This bread would make the perfect Christmas gift for teachers, neighbors, or whomever appreciates home-baked goodies! (who doesn’t?!)
So, are you one of those citrus baked good lovers too? If so, you really do need to try this Cranberry Orange Bread. If not, make it for someone else this holiday season. If they’re anything like me, they’ll be thrilled you shared. 😉
Kat is a mother of three boys who loves to bake and enjoys all things DIY. She has been blogging since 2010 featuring recipes and home design projects. Some of her home projects have been featured in Country Living and This Old House magazine, as well as many other prominent DIY blogs and websites.