This is a simple recipe to make, but it does have a good amount of ingredients. For recipes like this, we like to have a stack of Fruit/Salsa Bowls. They’re great multi-purpose bowls and for baking, we use them as prep bowls to measure ingredients ahead of time. When cooking with kids, this is especially helpful!
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees before measuring the ingredients out. Then grease and flour a 9×5” loaf pan (our Fiesta Loaf Pan is just perfect for this recipe).
In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients until well blended. Then stir in the nuts and chopped cranberries.
Set aside 3 tablespoons of the orange juice and 1 teaspoon of orange zest.
In a small bowl, combine the remaining orange zest, 4 tablespoons of melted butter. Whisk in the egg.
Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients over dry ingredients until just combined. Do not over mix. Then spoon batter into the prepared loaf pan.
Bake in the preheated oven for 55-65 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan on a rack.
Then make the icing by combining confectioners’ sugar, reserved orange juice, 1 tablespoon melted butter, reserved orange zest, and vanilla. Add more orange juice if needed to get the consistency you’d like. More orange juice will give you more of a drizzle, less will give you a thicker layer of icing.
Cranberry Orange Loaf with Orange Icing
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup coarsely chopped nuts or seeds (we used pumpkin seeds, but you can used whatever type you’d like)
- 2 cups fresh chopped cranberries
- 3/4 cup orange juice (from about 3 oranges)
- 4 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 egg, beaten
For the icing
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 3 tablespoons orange juice (from reserved orange juice)
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
- 1 tsp orange zest (from reserved orange zest)
- 1/4 tsp vanilla
- Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease and flour a 9x5” loaf pan.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, soda, salt, and sugar until well blended. Stir in the nuts and chopped cranberries.
- Put 3 tablespoons of the orange juice and 1 teaspoon of the orange zest in a small bowl and set aside.
- Combine the remaining orange zest, orange juice, and the 4 tablespoons of melted butter. Whisk in the egg. Pour over the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Do not over mix.
- Spoon the batter into the prepared loaf pan.
- Bake in the preheated oven for about 55-65 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Cool in the pan on a rack.
- Make the icing by combining the powdered sugar with 1 tablespoon of the reserved orange juice, 1 tablespoon of melted butter, reserved orange zest, and ¼ teaspoon of vanilla. Add more orange juice if needed.
The tartness of the cranberries and orange zest, along with the sweetness of the orange juice and icing balance each other out so well. It’s the perfect winter treat!
And now for the treat you’ve really been waiting for! How can you get your hands on some Twilight?
We’re giving away a set of One (1) Small Bread Tray and Four (4) Appetizer Plates, like you see above in the photos, in our new 2021 color – Twilight! All you have to do is visit the post on our Instagram account @fiestadinnerware to learn all the details. Follow our Instagram account, like the post and tag two friends who you think would love to know about our new color (and might like to try this recipe while they’re there). Good luck! We’ll be selecting the winner on Thursday, January 21 at 3:00pm EST.