Cranberries and orange. A perfect flavor combination. Perfect for a quick bread. Especially for the holiday season. Pair this bread with a hot cup of coffee or tea. Pop a slice of this glazed cranberry orange bread in the microwave for a few seconds to warm. Hmmm. Good way to start your day or as a mid afternoon snack.
I used dried cranberries found in the baking section of Kroger. They have been sweetened. So they are not tart at all. They mixed into the bread beautifully. Reminds me of raisins.
I find using sour cream in quick breads makes the bread more tender and not crumbly. So I always keep a container of sour cream in the frig. Gotta have it for baking. Which I do quite regularly when the weather turns cold.
Kitchen Tools and Tips
Zesting An Orange
This recipe calls for the zest of one orange. I use a microplane grater which grates off the orange rind and not any of the white pith. You only want the orange rind. The white pith tastes awful. Zesting the orange only takes a few minutes. It is so worth the extra effort for this glazed cranberry orange bread. The smell of fresh orange juice plus the flavor the orange zest makes this bread.
Zest the orange first. Then squeeze the same orange.
Use A Citrus Reamer
This recipe for glazed cranberry orange bread uses the juice of one orange. Cut the orange in half. I like to use a citrus reamer to get all the juice from the orange. It is very easy to get all the juice out of the orange. You could just squeeze the orange using your hands if you don’t have a citrus reamer. I would recommend getting one though if you bake a lot using citrus. I do strain my juice after reaming so I don’t get any seeds in my bread.
Here are the dried cranberries. They are delicious all by themselves. Try not to eat too many or you won’t have enough for the bread. I used the whole package of dried cranberries in the glazed cranberry orange bread.
My Favorite Tool: Silicone Spatula
One of my favorite tools to use in the kitchen is a silicone spatula. This tool can mix, scrape and level your batters. Every season I seem to buy a couple more to add to my collection. Not that they wear out. I just like them. A lot. No, you can never have too many silicone spatulas. No, really. I mean it. Get one and you’ll see what I mean. They come in many sizes and colors. Lots of colors.
Holiday Glazed Cranberry Orange Bread Recipe
Finish with an easy orange glaze. Spoon over cooled bread. An icing glaze is always a welcome addition to a sweet bread.
Make a couple of mini loaves to give to friends and family. Makes a great home made treat.
You might also want to try Pumpkin Bread Layered With Cream Cheese.
There you have two great loaves to try for the holidays. Add these to your holiday baking list. I know I will.