Thursday, December 24, 2015

Cranberry orange loaf

The reason for the speed post? In all likes it's the rush delivery, last minute to-dos that eventually get done, remain a constant in my nature, and keep this site as well as your interest going. My purpose today may have severalfold intentions, one in which I strongly hope this to be a part of your merrymaking agenda, today, tomorrow. Whenever. Cranberry loaf scented with oranges, our day before Christmas feature will have you smitten and unregretful of the fact that you spent the five minutes you do on today's update.

After the success of a certain past sweetbread copycat which gained BFMK archives great momentum, I assure you, comparably, tasteprofilewise cran.o.loaf boasts and delivers just as much without disappointment and will take the preferred nonyeastbread baking to a next level.

Baked and bespeckled with The Crimson, you are guaranteed more than a few cranberries with each bite. The robustness in this superfruit cuts well in a double leavener added sweet loaf. I'll also have you know how important the salient differences almonds vs. pecans make, a key ingredient tweak that had to be done as I believe slivered almonds bear a certain magnificence that beg to be in these holiday specials. The smidge of butter (yes, people, considering my love for saturated fat, I reason quartercups to be conservative amounts) will ease your otherwise glutted-with-not-all-things-great season-loving soul.

Moreover, I know this bread will hearken you/your kitchen/your home with required good tidings, cheer, happy endings as you gather, whip, bake, set before family tables, or just for yourself. An addendum to this segue is the surety in it leaving you weak in the knees when and if you dare to stop at Slice One.

So, I'll wrap up the final minute and gift this piece over to to you. 

Hope your Christmas is blessed with much joy, much peace, much love and great memories. 

God bless and thank you for your visits.

Ingredients:
(Adapted from Allrecipes cranberry orange loaf)
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp grated orange zest
  • 1 ½ cups fresh cranberries
  • ⅓ cup sliced almonds
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup orange juice
Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Grease and flour a 9x5 inch loaf pan or individual smaller loaf pans.
  • Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk in zest, cranberries, and almonds. 
  • In a large bowl of stand mixer, cream together butter, sugar and egg until light and fluffy. Blend in orange juice. Take off mixer and blend in flour with wooden spatula until moistened. Mixture will be thick.
  • Spread into prepared pan(s). Bake 50 minutes to 1 hour, until a wooden pick/tester inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Let stand in pan for 10 minutes then turn over on to wire rack to cool completely.
SOOC(straight out of the camera) Visions of flour drenched cranberries need no gilding.

I divided the batter between small loaf pans, perfect for hostess gifts. A batch yields for 4 minis and renders as many happy friends.
A tour of our very pinteresty and busy DIY season. I was bent to take a few amongst the gazillion pinned on my "All things Christmas" board and put them to test. In our industriousness, we created a bunch of giant light balls to make our yard glow and palleted snowmen, since I'd be delusional in thinking our sand strewn land would gift us with the real deal to make even one authentic Frosty. All in all, we ❤️ pinterest for sure.

2014 ~ stocking cake pops, baklava
2013 ~ gingerbread loaf, green rice
2012 ~ Asian style pork and peppers, lollipops, perfect egg salad

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 In your darkest times, fear not, for the Savior is here.
"O come O come Emmanuel
 And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son Of God appear
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
shall come to thee, O Israel."