Orange Cranberry Walnut Bread Circa 1979
3 medium oranges
1 beaten egg
2 tablespoons cooking oil
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup coarsely chopped fresh or frozen cranberries
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
Zest one orange. Reserve. Juice all three oranges. Measure 3/4 cup orange juice. Reserve remaining juice. Combine 3/4 cup orange juice, 1 teaspoon of the zest, the egg and the oil. In a separate bowl, stir or whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the orange juice mixture to the dry ingredients. Stir to just combine. Don't overmix. Fold in cranberries and walnuts. Turn into greased 8x4x2 or 9x5x3 loaf pan. Bake in 350 degree oven for 50 to 60 minutes or until toothpick or cake tester inserted into cake comes out clean. Cool. Prepare glaze by adding 2 to 3 tablespoons of orange juice to powdered sugar until it becomes smooth, and of drizzling consistency. Drizzle onto cooled loaf and sprinkle with additional orange zest.
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KPK Notes-n-Tips: If you don't own a juicer, feel free to use good quality orange juice (I love Tropicana NOT from concentrate with extra pulp). If you do have a juicer, use it! I did. (Don't hate - Appreciate). It only takes a minute to juice three oranges, folks! If you don't have a Microplane zester, buy one, ok? You won't be able to stop zesting. Next note: I used canola oil with excellent results. Timesaver note: Trader Joe's sells sliced sweetened frozen cranberries! Talk about convenient. You can throw this loaf together in NO time. Planning note: I tend to toast a good quantity of nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts - separately) when I have time. Then I keep them fresh in ziplock bags in the freezer. That way, I always have toasted nuts on hand for baking. Grease tip: Use a bit of oil to grease the pan or a non-stick cooking spray. Cooling tip: I cooled the loaf in the pan on a rack for awhile. I then transferred the partially cooled loaf to the rack and glazed it while it was slightly warm. Line a sheet pan with parchment or wax paper underneath your rack to catch the drips for easy cleanup. Let the glaze cool completely on the cake. Simple and delicious and perfect for the season. Secret Note: While writing this post, it occurred to me that I am quite sure that I did not add salt to the flour mixture when I made this today, LOL. It was still great! Haha. Make one today and let me know how you like it. I made this one when I woke up this morning and brought it to work for my taste-testers. I couldn't wait to call my mom and tell her when it was in the oven. She was so happy that I baked it and she was like "Did you put it in your blog?" . . . I did now!
Great reviews. 1979 & 2010.
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