This time of the year really makes me pause. We have so many milestones during this season, good and bad, but they all make me so thankful for what we have and for what we’ve had. Honestly, right now, I can say that I’ve never been more thankful or more happy. I’m blessed with the most important things in life…family, friends and good health…oh, and a job where I get to eat stuff like this…
The combination of cranberry and orange makes me swoon and instantly puts me in the holiday spirit. I love the bursts of tangy fresh cranberries and bits of sweet golden raisins with a fragrant hint of orange in the background. The best part is just how easy it is to make this bread! And with all of the other cooking and baking you’ll be doing, isn’t that just perfect? And just another little something to be thankful for.
Cranberry Orange Soda Bread
4 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
zest of one medium to large orange
4 tablespoons cold butter cut into small cubes
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 cup fresh cranberries
1/4 cup golden raisins
additional flour for kneading
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and orange zest in the bowl of an electric mixer. Mix using the paddle attachment on low speed. Keep the mixer running while adding the cubes of butter just a couple at a time. Continue mixing until the butter is incorporated. This can take about 3 to 4 minutes.
In a small bowl or a measuring cup, beat the egg then add the milk and orange juice and whisk to combine. Stream into the flour mixture while running on low speed. Add the cranberries and golden raisins and mix just until combined.
Dump the dough (it will be wet) onto a heavily floured board. Knead it very lightly into a round loaf. Place the loaf on the prepared baking sheet and lightly score an X into the top with a sharp knife.
Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool on a baking rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Adapted from Ina Garten’s Irish Soda Bread, Barefoot Contessa at Home
If you love the combination of cranberry and orange as much as I do, here are some other great recipes…
Fresh Cranberry-Orange Relish from Cooking Light Magazine
Crock Pot Cranberry-Orange Mulled Wine from Kitchen Treaty
Cranberry Orange Cheesecake from Gimme Some Oven