Cranberry Orange Loaf with Orange Icing is a deliciously flavored sweet bread, topped with a creamy citrus icing! Enjoy a taste of the holidays with a slice!Cranberry Orange Loaf with Orange Icing is a deliciously flavored sweet bread, topped with a creamy citrus icing! Enjoy a taste of the holidays with a slice!Looking for a little taste of the holidays to help start your day? You will absolutely LOVE this delicious recipe for cranberry orange loaf with orange icing! Grab a big ol’ slice of this moist, flavorful bread, and sit down in a comfy chair with a mug of coffee or tea!

Recently I discovered a bag of fresh cranberries lurking in the refrigerator in our garage. They had been hiding out in a refrigerator drawer since Thanksgiving… oops! What an unexpected surprise! Thankfully they were still GOOD, so I used them to make this delicious treat! Waste not, want not, right?

It sure was a wonderful start to the day to enjoy a slice of this flavor packed bread in the morning with a cup of coffee!  The tang from the cranberries paired well with the sweet orange icing… YUM!  The best part of all was just how easy this loaf of sweet bread was to prepare!  Here’s how:

In a medium bowl, combine egg, oil granulated and brown sugars, orange zest, fresh squeezed orange juice, and vanilla extract. Whisk to fully combine ingredients.  Add buttermilk and whisk to combine.

Whisking ingredients to make batter for cranberry orange loaf.

Add flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; stir until ingredients are combined, but do not over mix!  Add cranberries and stir gently to incorporate them into batter.

Dry ingredients, then cranberries are added to loaf batter.

Pour batter into a greased and floured 9×5 loaf pan.  Sprinkle the top of loaf with a few additional cranberries.  Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for approximately 65-70 minutes (mine took 65). **After bread has been in oven for 30 minutes, loosely tent the pan with aluminum foil to prevent excess browning of outside of loaf before it is done all the way through.

Bread will be done when a toothpick inserted into the center of loaf comes out clean.  Keep an eye on the bread, as oven temps vary considerably!

Batter for cranberry orange loaf poured into pan, then baked.

When cranberry orange loaf is done baking, remove aluminum foil “tent”, let bread cool IN THE PAN for about 15-20 minutes, then carefully remove to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Cranberry orange loaf is baked and removed from pan.

Make The Orange Icing

While bread is cooling, prepare the orange icing by placing confectioner’s sugar (powdered), fresh squeezed orange juice and orange zest in a small bowl.

Stir well to fully combine ingredients.  If you wish the icing to be thicker, add more powdered sugar. Thinner? Add a tiny bit more orange juice, until it reaches desired icing consistency.

Making orange icing for cranberry orange loaf.

Time To Ice The Cranberry Orange Loaf!

Place a piece of wax paper, parchment paper or aluminum foil UNDER the wire rack. When bread is completely cooled down, evenly spread the icing over the loaf of bread.

I like to take it all the way to the edges so it can run down the sides, as well. Having the wax paper, etc. under the rack allows for this and helps to make an EASY cleanup!

Cranberry orange loaf with orange icing on wire rack.

Once the icing has firmed up and the bread is completely at room temperature, it is ready to serve!  Slice a piece, pour a great cup of coffee or tea, and enjoy the amazing flavors in this delicious cranberry orange loaf!

A slice of cranberry orange loaf with orange icing, on a plate.

Cranberry orange loaf slice on a plate, ready to eat!

Hope you enjoy this delicious cranberry orange loaf! The flavor combination is classic, and I trust you will find it to your liking.  Have a wonderful day!

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Recipe Adapted From:  https://www.averiecooks.com/2015/11/cranberry-orange-bread-with-sweet-orange-glaze.html

Cranberry Orange Loaf With Orange Icing
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 5 mins
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins
 
Cranberry Orange Loaf with Orange Icing is a deliciously flavored sweet bread, topped with a creamy citrus icing! Enjoy a taste of the holidays with a slice!
Category: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry orange loaf
Servings: 12 1 loaf (9x5)
Calories Per Serving: 335 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil (or canola)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar , packed
  • 1 Tablespoon orange zest (from a LARGE orange)
  • 1/3 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries (plus several more for garnishing loaf)
For Orange Icing:
  • 2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously grease and flour 9x5 loaf pan. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine egg, oil granulated and brown sugars, orange zest, fresh squeezed orange juice, and vanilla extract. Whisk to combine ingredients. Add buttermilk; whisk to combine.
  3. Add flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; stir until ingredients are combined, but do not over mix! Add cranberries; stir gently to incorporate them into batter.
  4. Pour batter into greased/ floured loaf pan. Sprinkle top of loaf with a few additional cranberries. Bake at 350 degrees for approx. 65-70 minutes (mine took 65). NOTE**After bread has been in oven for 30 minutes, loosely tent the pan with aluminum foil to prevent excess browning of outside of loaf before it is done all the way through. Bread will be done when a toothpick inserted into the center of loaf comes out clean. Keep an eye on the bread, as oven temps vary considerably!
  5. When bread is done, remove foil "tent", let bread cool IN THE PAN for about 15-20 minutes, then carefully remove to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  6. While bread is cooling, prepare orange icing by placing confectioner's sugar (powdered), fresh squeezed orange juice and orange zest in a small bowl. Stir well to fully combine until smooth. (If you want thicker icing, add more powdered sugar. Thinner? Add a tiny bit of orange juice, until it reaches desired icing consistency). Place a piece of wax paper, parchment paper or aluminum foil UNDER the wire rack (for easy cleanup). When bread has completely cooled, evenly spoon icing over the top to cover. Take it all the way to the edges so it can run down the sides. Once the icing has firmed up and the bread is completely at room temperature, it's ready to slice and serve!
Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Orange Loaf With Orange Icing
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 335 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 14mg5%
Sodium 208mg9%
Potassium 110mg3%
Carbohydrates 59g20%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 39g43%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 70IU1%
Vitamin C 9.1mg11%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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