Crave-able Cranberry Orange Bread

Crave-able Cranberry Orange Bread

I am trying to be good, I really am.  My new years resolution is attempting to cut out sweets.  No more trips into the candy store to buy boxes of fudge and truffles.  I am not even allowed to look at gummy worms or candy corn and poor Little Debbie has become my nemesis.  Consequently, I am very sad about it.

I did give myself a loophole, of course.  I decided that really it was processed sweets that I needed to stay away from.  Anything I can buy premade is strictly off limits.  In hindsight, I think I may have believed that I would never put enough effort into making treats for myself.  And the lie detector determined that was a lie.

Don’t shun me yet, I haven’t fallen back to making chocolate cakes and cream cheese brownies, yet.  Seems like I am in the early stages of withdrawal.  Currently, I am perfectly sustained by a slice of sweet bread.

First, I started strong with zucchini bread.  Next, I graduated to banana.    While I haven’t perfected either of those, Cranberry orange bread however, I finally got down to a science.

My lovely addictive personality has me churning one of these loaves out every week.  I am not embarrassed.  Cranberries and oranges are both fruit so it can’t be that bad for me, right?

Fine, I will admit that the plan backfired.  Now, instead of a handful of little candies or chocolates, I sit down at night and consume a loaf of bread.  Nailed it.

I refuse to believe that cranberry orange bread is really that bad for me.  I ride horses, I need the carbs.  Plus I am making it at home.  That counts for something!  I use organic sugar, gluten-free flour, and cage free eggs.  And at least I am supporting local farmers with my nonsense, right?

If you can’t tell, this bread is delicious.  I eat it for breakfast with butter and jam, at lunch because I can, and after dinner because I deserve nice things too.

See for yourself.  If you are able to share, which I am not, family and friends will be really impressed at least.



Colbie Browne

My name is Colbie, I am 24 years old, and my life is a mess. Between two kids, work, a house, and college, I can barely keep up. And now, it’s all about being super mom… aka the one who is best dressed with the best crafts and best bake sale items. Forget the best dressed part, I normally don’t brush my teeth before running these ragamuffins around. However, on that other stuff, I kick ass. Most everything is homemade, gluten/nut free (because I was blessed with a bubble boy), and easy enough that you can do without wanting to pull a Sylvia Plath. Don’t worry, we can pull off this act together.

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Crave-able Cranberry Orange Bread

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Yields: 1 loaf

Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 cups AP flour, can be GF
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1/4 cup margarine, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans (optional)

Recipe Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Grease and flour a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
  3. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Stir in orange zest, cranberries, and pecans (if desired). Set aside.
  5. In a large bowl, cream together margarine, sugar, and egg until smooth.
  6. Stir in orange juice.
  7. Beat in flour mixture until just moistened.
  8. Pour into prepared pan.
  9. Bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven, or until the bread springs back when lightly touched.
  10. Let stand 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool. Wrap in plastic when completely cool.

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