Cranberry Orange Bread

Cranberry Orange Bread

It’s beginning to look a lot like  fat time……everywhere I go!

I have been playing around with that silly bread machine of mine, so why stop now! Huh!? Got a hankering for a sweet bread. After the wonderful success with that hearty cinnamon raisin bread, wanted to branch out and try some variations.

Can I just tell you……Cranberry and orange. Darn I’m doomed. A perfect holiday combination, but don’t wait for the holidays. This makes a lovely breakfast bread, tea time snack or even a great compliment to a hearty steak and brussel sprouts meal. And that stinkin little monster of mine jumped up on the counter top and stole a piece!!! Monster!! Yes, that would be Happy, and not Jessie….the perfect one!!

Ok, back to cooking. But you get the idea, that that is how wonderful it is when a canine can’t live without it too!

Here’s all it took:

1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon water (I used milk, but will use water next time)

1 1/2 large eggs (I used one)

3 Tablespoons orange juice concentrate



1 1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter

3 cups bread flour (I needed a lot more, it was very wet……bout 1/4-1/2 cup)

2 Tablespoons dry milk powder (didn’t use, hence milk up top)

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel

2 1/4 teaspoons yeast

(I added 1 teaspoon orange essence…..oh how unusual)

1/2 cup cranberries

Make Sure Ingredients are at room temperature! That is the best tip I can give you for making bread in the machine.  OK, let’s continue! Combine ingredients according to the manufacturer’s directions. I used the sweet breads cycle, but will go back to regular light crust cycle. Check on the bread within the first hour of processing to make sure that the consistency is right. About 20 minutes into the cycle, I add the cranberries! This is not to be missed and too easy not to try.

Ohhhhh la la! So good, the aroma should be bottled! MmmmmWaaaaah!

Bon Appétit!