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Orange Cranberry Bread

The base for this recipe came from my good friend, Laura. Laura and I went through the teaching credential program together and have been close buddies ever since. She is a rock star and I love spending time with her.

I remember the first time I had this cranberry bread rather vividly. It was the night before our final assignments were due and my laptop DIED on me. I was horrified. I wanted to throw up. I cried. Although I had been saving drafts on my flash drive, I hadn’t updated in a few days. There was no way I was going to tell my professors that I couldn’t turn in my work because my computer crashed. No way in heck was I going to be *that* girl. So I called Laura, freaking out, and she told me to come over and pick up her laptop. When I got there, she handed it off to me, plus a ziploc bag filled with some of this delicious bread. One all-nighter and three slices of cranberry bread later, I turned in all my assignments on time. Phew!

Orange Cranberry Bread

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • juice and rind of one orange
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk (you can use buttermilk if you’re not worried about dairy)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries, halved
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (optional…Laura hates nuts. She says I like nuts because I am nutty. This is a true observation.)

Directions:

Whisk all dry ingredients together in a medium sized bowl. Set aside. Whisk all wet ingredients together in a large bowl. Mix in dry ingredients plus cranberries and nuts until just combined. Do not overmix.

Spoon batter into a buttered loaf pan. Cover with a towel and let the dough rise in a warm place for 20 minutes.

Bake at 325Β° for 45 to 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the bread comes out clean.

I used coconut oil because I wanted to go dairy free for this recipe.

I used coconut oil because I wanted to go dairy free for this recipe.

So pretty...yet so terrible tasting when raw.

So pretty…yet so terrible tasting when raw.

The tiny seeds are so cute!

The tiny seeds are so cute!

Smells so fresh.

The fresh smell of citrus.

Getting ready to rise.

Getting ready to rise.

Peek-a-boo!

Peek-a-boo!

This bread is uber tender.

This bread is uber tender.

Bailey is my constant companion.

Bailey is my constant companion.

Ready to eat. Yum!

Ready to eat. Yum!

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15 Comments

  1. You make me want to get a dog! My kids been crying for one, and I keep resisting. Ok, only if we can get one just like Bailey! His pictures just make me laugh, kinda comical. You see all the yummy pictures of food, then there he is…food, food, food …Bailey! How did he get in there?! Oh, Patty, that’s great. Actually quite a stress-reliever to see pictures of Bailey. Came back from an ugly sweater party with a headache! Too loud and too much carrying on going on! I must be getting old! Bailey took the headache right off, thank you! xoxo, Angie. P.S. recipe sounds good, too! πŸ™‚

    • You should get a dog, Angie! The pictures would be fabulous! Bailey and I have been together almost seven years now. He makes my life complete! I love my little boy, even though I may have had reservations when he first came home. See, I wasn’t fully aware of how huge the task of raising a puppy was. It’s a full time job and then some! I knew that smaller dogs took longer to potty train, but I didn’t know it was ten months long! I guess he really wanted me to appreciate it once he figured things out. That would be something Bailey would do. He is quite the character, as you can see. He cracks me up with his faces. I will have to post some of his shenanigans for you soon! And yes, Bailey does wonders for headaches and blood pressure. Definitely blood pressure. Even my mother can attest to that!

      I’m sorry to hear about your sweater party. I’m not a big fan of loudness either. I’m loud enough during the day as I teach–I need peace and quiet after that! I hope you have a wonderful night, Angie! xoxo

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