Christmas Time Presents The Perfect Opportunity For Your Inner Baker To Shine With This Delicious Cranberry Orange Loaf Recipe.
As a child most memories of Christmas will involve Father Christmas, presents, waking up early and watching Christmas movies on repeat. But as we get older family time, food and yes, maybe alcohol, tend to be the things that we look forward to. For any baker, amateur or professional, Christmas presents a myriad of opportunities to shine, with numerous recipes and delicious treats to be made and consumed.
Once you have invested in the finest flours from Nelstrop the only limits to what you can produce are time and your imagination. This post aims to provide you with a popular seasonal recipe that will get people reminiscing for many years, indeed the only risk is that you will end up being asked for this delicious recipe every year, so just be warned.
Cranberry Orange Loaf
For many people, Cranberry and Orange represent two of the tastes associated with Christmas, which is why this Cranberry Orange Loaf cake is a perfect choice.
IngredientsNelstrops plain flour 250g
Golden caster sugar 180g
2 Medium Eggs
Baking powder 10g
Sunflower Oil 20g
Fresh Cranberries 240g
Fresh orange juice 20g
Orange zest 10g
For the Glaze
Icing sugar 50g
Double cream 25g
Step One - Mix the dry ingredients together in one bowl (flour, sugar and your spices) and then mix the wet ingredients (Buttermilk, Eggs, Oil and Orange Zest) together in a separate bowl. The secret is to ensure that both sets of ingredients are mixed properly before all being put together in the one bowl. However, and this is very important, once you put the wet and dry ingredients together do not overmix them as this could potentially dry out the loaf.
Step Two - Now that you have your mixture it's time to add those delicious cranberries. Do not be tempted to use whole cranberries, the end result will be much better by adding chopped cranberries into the mixture. Once you are happy that the batter is suitably mixed, then put the batter into a large greased tin.
Step Three - Bake at 150oC/140oC Fan/ 320°F oven/gas mark 3 for 1 hour or until baked through to the core. An easy way to test if the loaf is cooked is to insert a toothpick or skewer into the middle of the bread loaf and if it is ready the toothpick will come out perfectly clean. Once you have removed it from the oven, allow the loaf to cool for approximately ten minutes before turning it onto a wire rack. The loaf should be completely cooled after approximately an hour.
Step Four - Once the loaf has cooled down it's time to make the special glaze. Mix together the glaze ingredients in a bowl to a thick glaze. Then generously drizzle it over your loaf. If you have extra glaze left or want to be overly generous, put a wax or parchment piece of paper under the bread and then add more glazing by lifting the paper off the baking tray and pour the glaze back over the loaf.
This is one of our favourite recipes and it is relatively easy to make with the additional benefit of being delicious and seasonal.
By using Nelstrop flour and other high-quality ingredients, you are pretty much guaranteed the perfect loaf.
We hope your family enjoys this recipe and we would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.