Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A Cranberry Creation


Recipe: Cranberry Orange Bread with toasted Pecans


Cranberries are brand new entrants to my kitchen.  Actually I have never tasted anything with cranberry ever before, not even a juice.
Not that I have had any taboos at all, just that I have never really given cranberries a second thought, not until I got to taste some really great dried cranberries at a grocery store. I immediately packed some home and started my recipe hunt.


My long, tedious search brought me to this amazing recipe from the ‘Joy of Baking’. It used cranberries, orange juice and toasted pecans, but the best part about this recipe was that it used very little butter and just one egg!!!
The original recipe used fresh cranberries which I replaced with my dries ones. This bread tasted so fabulous that, I am looking forward to do this again with the fresh ones as well.

Each bite of the bread is loaded with cranberries, pecans and the intoxicating orangey flavour that you can’t just stop with one.


 


Cranberries surely have found a place in my kitchen rack!!!!


CRANBERRY ORANGE BREAD WITH TOASTED PECANS



Ingredients

Flour – 2 cups

Sugar – ¾ cup (if using dried cranberries as they are already sweetened. For fresh ones you will have to use 1 cup)

Baking powder – 1 ½ tsp
Baking soda – 1 ½ tsp

Pecans toasted – ½ cup (spread out the nuts on a baking tin and pop it into an oven heated to 180 degree C, for around 8-10 mins. Wrap the toasted nuts in a kitchen towel and leave to steam for a few mins and then rub off the skin. Chop and use.)

Dried Cranberries – 1 cup
Salt – ½ tsp
Orange zest – 1 tbsp
Orange juice – ¾ cup
Cold unsalted butter – 4 tbsp
Egg – 1 well beaten
Vanilla – 1 tsp

Preparation

Preheat oven to 180 degree C and place rack in the middle of the oven.
Butter a loaf pan and line it with parchment paper.

In a small bowl mix together the beaten egg, orange juice and vanilla essence.

In another bowl mix together all the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and orange zest).

Cut the cold butter into small pieces and place it along with the dry ingredients.  Now work with your fingers and mix the butter with the dry ingredients to make small crumbs.

Fold in the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until well combined.
Do not over mix.
Now add the nuts and the cranberries into the batter and mix.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and place it into the preheated oven and bake for around 30-40 mins or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.

Leave to cool completely before slicing.







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