I wanted to use some of my Locavorious frozen cranberries last week to make a tasty breakfast bread. I looked through a few recipes, but the one that looked best called for the zest and juice of an entire orange. I don't mine admitting that I hate grating orange peel, especially when you are supposed to do an entire orange. But it reminded me of a trick in one of my favorite chococate cake recipes - a Nigella chocolate orange cake in which you boil an entire orange, and toss it in the cake batter. Armed with this notion, I returned to the cranberry walnut bread, and came up with this new recipe. I didn't want to have to defrost the cranberries so I chopped them frozen. You could also use fresh in this recipe. You can use up to 1 cup of whole wheat or rye in this recipe - a flavor and health enhance I strongly recommend.
1 medium size orange (best to use valencia, seville, blood, cara cara, tangerines, etc. - but avoid thick skinned flavorless navel oranges)
2 TB butter, melted
1 cup sugar
1 1/4 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
1/2 cup walnuts or walnut pieces
2 cups all purpose flour, or 1 1/2 cup white flour and 1/2 cup whole wheat or rye flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
Boil the orange in enough water to cover it for 45 minutes to an hour. Drain off the water and let cool. Cut in half and remove any large seeds. Set aside. Preheat the oven to 350F and butter a loaf pan.
Put the chopping blade in your food processor. Toss the cranberries and walnuts in the bowl and chop for 10-20 seconds until coarsely chopped. Put in a small bowl and set aside. Put the orange in the food processor (peel and all), and add the eggs. Process for 30-60 seconds until well blended. Add all the dry ingredients and the melted butter and process long enough to get a batter. Since various oranges are different sizes - if the batter seems to thick for a quick bread, add 1/4 cup water and process for a few seconds. Add the walnuts and cranberries, stir, and pour into the loaf pan. Bake for 45-60 minutes until it tests done. This makes a wonderful breakfast toasted, with cream cheese and drizzled with honey as you can see in the photo. Enjoy! DeeDee