Cranberries are definitely a staple of the Thanksgiving meal. They are a perfect fall berry to compliment any of the standard foods you might put on your table during the season, including turkey, pumpkin and green bean casserole.
While cranberry sauce is the most common way to enjoy this antioxidant
Directions for the Cranberry Bread
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The oven should be pre-heated to 350 degrees before you place the bread into the oven. This ensures that the bread will be cooked evenly at the same temperature throughout.
First mix the dry ingredients together with a whisk. Then cut the butter into the dry ingredients until the resulting mix is crumbly.
Next add the wet ingredients and mix thoroughly. Your final step should be to gently fold in the cranberries and raisins until everything is evenly mixed.
Pour the entire mixture into a 9x5x3 greased loaf pan. Cook for 70 minutes before removing and allowing to cool before serving.
Substitutions to Make Cranberry Bread Without Orange Juice
The orange juice and zest of this recipe gives the final product a desirable sweet, yet tangy taste that goes perfectly with the cranberries. But if you do not have orange juice on hand or are allergic to it, there are some substitutions you can make.
Juices such as lemon, grapefruit or lime will serve the same purpose as the orange juice. Whichever fruit juice you choose, the resulting bread will have that as an underlining flavor.
How to Make the Cranberry Bread Recipe Vegan
If you are part of the growing population that has turned towards a vegan diet, you can easily make this recipe a vegan bread by replacing the egg and butter. A simple .25 cup of applesauce can be used instead of the egg.
The applesauce helps to bind the ingredients together, which is the original purpose of the egg in this recipe. You may also try a flax egg, by combining 1 tablespoon of flaxseed meal with 3 tablespoons of water.
After mixing your flaxseed and water, you will need to allow the mixture to sit for 15 minutes in order to thicken.
If you want to replace the butter, the easiest way to do this is to substitute with an equal amount of coconut oil. You could also use vegan butter or even olive oil.Print
This slightly sweet bread is loaded with cranberries, and complimented with the addition of orange and raisin infusions. It’s perfect for the bread basket or as a morning breakfast treat with coffee.
- 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ cup butter
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- ¾ cup orange juice
- 1½ cups golden raisins
- 1½ cups chopped cranberries
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Spray or grease one 9x5x3 inch loaf pan. Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda.
- Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly.
- Add egg, orange peel, and orange juice; stir to mix and fold in raisins and cranberries.
- Pour into loaf pan and bake for 70 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Remove from pan; cool on wire rack.
- Prep Time: 10
- Cook Time: 70
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