Sunday, December 2, 2012

#nutlove Cranberry Orange Nut Bread

It's Love Bloghop time again.  This month the theme for Love Bloghop is nuts, or ##nutlove. December is the perfect time for #nutlove, with all of the holiday baking.  Join in on the #nutlove fun linking up any nut recipe  from the month of December 2012.  Don't forget to link back to this post, so that your readers know to come stop by the #nutlove event.  The twitter hashtag is #nuthlove:)

I love nuts of anykind, and  use a lot of them during my holiday baking. It wouldn't be Cheistmas with our Nut Bread.  This nutty loaf brings back many childhood memories of Christmas Eve.  We always had Nut bread with cream cheese and pineapple. Even though, it was always bought at at bakery, it was wonderful to me and my cousin. Once I was married and really started baking, I made my own Nut Bread with a recipe for Orange Nut Bread from my Better Home and Garden Cookbook, circa 1969. It had teh double oranfe flavoe from orange juice and and orange zest, along with the crunchy walnuts.

Over the years I have tweaked the recipe adding cranberries, but now I add craisins, for an additional flavor.  who doesn't love cranberry and orange together?  For the nuts, I use walnuts, because those are my nut of choce. By the way, I have over 25 black walnut trees on my property, which are really a nuiscance to keep picked up. No, we don't harvest those nuts, such a mess, but I still love to bake with them. during the holiday season, I will be baking Craisin Walnut Coffee Cake with Greek Yogurt, Raspberry Walnut Bars, and making Spiced Walnuts, (recipe to come.)
Cranberry Orange Nut bread

2 1/4 cups flour
3/4  cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 egg, well beaten
3/4. dried cranberries
3/4 cup chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.

Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a medium mixing bowl. Stir in orange juice, orange peel, oil and egg. Mix until well blended. Stir in cranberries and nuts. Spread evenly in loaf pan.

Bake for 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a rack for 15 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely. Wrap and store overnight. Makes 1 loaf.

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  1. Becky, This is a beauty of a nut loaf and the flavor profiles in your adaptation say HOLIDAYS! I love rise and shape you achieved. Lovely work my dear.

    1. Brooks,
      Thank you. It isn't Christmas, until I make this bread. It has been a holiday tradition for me for many years!

  2. Lovely nut bread, Becky, the cranberries give a beautiful color to the crumb.

    Happy #nutlove month :-)

    1. I love the addition of the dries cranberries for texture and color!

  3. Love the combination of oranges and nuts. Just a quick correction: My blog is actually called Badger Girl Learns to Cook. It's a little confusing, I know. Glad to share some nutlove with you! :)

    1. Kimberly,
      Sorry, I will correct the name of your blog. I love nuts with anything.

  4. Nut, cranberry and orange bread is a great idea for Chrismtas!

    1. 1I think so! I have been making this bread for over 40 yrs for Christmas.

  5. Replies
    1. Holiday breads are good to make for food gifts for friends and neighbors!

  6. Totally festive in flavor, Lobe the fruits matching the nuts in this bread. HAppy nutlove

    1. I love baking with dried cranberries and nuts during the holidays.

  7. How wonderful to have walnut trees on your property and what a good way to use them. I would love to make french toast with this.


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