The countdown rests at T-minus eight days until the biggest food day of the year. It’s a day when skinny jeans get the boot, elastic waistbands rule the dinner table and second servings aren’t just encouraged, but required. Are you ready to usher in Thanksgiving 2012 in all its big-flavored glory?
It may come as no surprise, but I am a Thanksgiving enthusiast. An entire day dedicated to cooking and caloric intake? Sign me up. And that’s why I’m hard at work this week dreaming up not one but two delectable confections for your dessert table. This sweet and tangy Cranberry Orange Juice Bread does double duty as a dessert or breakfast favorite. The light sprinkling of turbinado sugar on top creates a crunchy crust that gives way to an incredibly moist bread studded with fresh cranberries. And you know what else is a great use of turbinado sugar? Candied bacon.
Alternately, if you’re looking to lighten up between the big feast and the sweet finale, try a scoop of refreshing Red Wine Cranberry Sorbet, and give thanks because there’s no ice cream machine required!
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Cranberry Orange Juice Bread
Yield: one 9-inch loaf
- 1 large egg, well beaten
- 3/4 cup orange juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 Tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- 1 cup fresh cranberries, rinsed and thoroughly dried
- 1 Tablespoon turbinado sugar (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan with butter or cooking spray.
- In a small bowl, combine the beaten egg with the orange juice and vanilla extract.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the pieces of butter to the flour, blending the ingredients together with your fingers until the mixture becomes the consistency of wet sand.
- Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and then stir in the cranberries. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and sprinkle the top with the Turbinado sugar (optional).
- Bake the bread for 50 to 60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Let the bread cool for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
Recipe adapted from Joy of Baking.