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Monday, December 12, 2011

Cranberry Orange Bread


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 ½  teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 egg
½ cup orange juice
Grated peel of 1 orange
2 tablespoons melted butter or margarine
2 tablespoons hot water
1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries (use less sugar if using dried cranberries)
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (optional)

In a large mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients.  In another bowl, beat egg.  Add orange juice, peel, butter and hot water.  Add to flour mixture, stirring just until moistened. Gently fold in cranberries and walnuts.  Spoon into large-loaf tray, or your preferred mold/tray.  Bake at 325ºF for 30-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.  Cool completely on wire rack. 

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