Last month it was my turn to bring a snack to share at my church’s monthly MOM’S CHAIR meeting. I wanted to get in the holiday spirit but didn’t want to go all-out chocolate or gingerbread. I decided on Cranberry Orange Bread. The cranberries had just the right amount of holiday punch and the bright red color highlighted the Christmas decorations. MOM’S CHAIR is kind of like my church’s version of MOPS. Us moms get together, chat, eat yummy food, listen to encouraging speakers, and occasionally make a craft or two. The kids get to hang out with their friends in the “homeschool room,” learning new things and playing games with friends. I always come away refreshed on these Fridays. It’s just what I need to recharge. So here’s how I made this delicious cranberry orange bread:
Start by mixing 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon each of baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Then throw in 2 cups of frozen cranberries and coat them in the flour mixture. This recipe works best if the berries are frozen.
Next, zest an entire orange and mix it all together. I think the combo of cranberries and oranges is just heavenly, don’t you? It’s so bright and cheery!
In a separate bowl, cream 2 eggs, 1 cup of vanilla Greek yogurt, and 1/2 cup of vegetable oil. I pour in a smidge of vanilla extract too, about 1/2 a teaspoon. Whisk it altogether so it is nice and smooth.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients just enough until there are no remnants of flour. The batter should be nice and sticky.
Level out the dough in a greased glass bread pan and bake it for 65 minutes at 400 degrees. You may want to stick a knife in the middle of the cranberry orange bread to make sure all the dough has cooked.
The edges should be brown and crispy and you should smell the tartness of the cranberries.
I have also made this recipe in muffin form, both regular and mini. This recipe should make either 12 regular size muffins or 24 minis. If you decide to bake muffins, they should bake at 400 degrees for 20-22 minutes.
The group of ladies at MOM’S CHAIR really seemed to like the cranberry orange bread because there wasn’t any left! And, from personal experience of course, this bread is simply delightful warmed for a few seconds in the microwave with a little butter. And coffee! Thank God for coffee!
Here’s a pretty picture for later, just in case you want to pin the recipe for later. If you need other sweet treats or bread ideas, follow my Bangin’ Baked Goods board on Pinterest. Happy cooking ya’ll!
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ tsp each baking soda, baking powder, and salt
- 2 cups frozen cranberries (or 1 package)
- zest of 1 orange
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- Heat oven to 400 degrees.
- Mix all the dry ingredients.
- Gently toss the cranberries in the flour mixture until thoroughly coated.
- Mix in the zest of 1 orange.
- In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, yogurt, oil and vanilla.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until there is no more flour.
- Pour into a greased bread pan or muffin tin.
- Bake a bread loaf for 65 minutes or until inserted knife comes out clean.
- Bake muffins for 20-22 minutes.