Wednesday, November 10, 2010
I like to bake several loaves at a time, slice them, and then freeze. A warmed slice tastes so good with a hot cup of tea on a chilly afternoon.
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup orange juice
1 T orange zest
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
1 cup cranberries, sliced in half
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and line a large loaf pan with parchment paper.
Sift together the first five ingredients; cut in butter until mixture resembles cornmeal (see Gadgets page).
Combine juice and zest with egg. Stir into dry ingredients, but don't over mix. Carefully fold in nuts and cranberries.
Spoon into pan and bake for one hour. Use toothpick to test for doneness at center. Let the bread rest for 5 minutes and turn out onto wire rack to cool.