Use fresh or frozen cranberries to give zing to this sweet nut bread. Great for Thanksgiving or year-round, and it makes a great gift from the kitchen.
- 1 cup walnuts (about 4 ounces)
- 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, melted
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 cup orange juice
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 Tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 55 minutes
- Total Time: 65 minutes
- Yield: 8 servings
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan.
Place walnuts on a baking sheet and toast in oven until very lightly browned and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Leave oven on. Coarsely chop nuts and set aside.
In a large bowl, using a hand held mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg. Beat 1 minute. Gradually beat in juice.
Add flour, baking powder, orange zest, and salt.
Mix until just blended. Stir in cranberries and toasted walnuts. Spread batter into pan.
Bake until top of loaf is golden and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 50 to 55 minutes. Let stand in pan for 10 minutes, then unmold onto a wire rack and let cool completely.
Yield: 8 servings
Recipe Source: "365 Ways to Prepare for Christmas" by David E. Mann (Random House)
Reprinted with permission.