Monday, December 20, 2010

Baking :: Cranberry Lemon Loaf


I was trying to find the recipe for a delicious cranberry loaf I made last Christmas, or was it the Christmas before? Anyway, I couldn't find it, but did find a "Cranberry Orange Loaf" recipe in one of the Company's Coming cookbooks. I made a few changes to it and now have 3 loaves in the oven.

Here's my version:

1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
Juice of 2 lemons and water to make 1 1/2 cups

4 cups flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
Grated zest of 2 lemons
3 cups fresh, chopped cranberries

Combine butter, sugars and eggs in mixing bowl. Beat until smooth. Stir in juice/water.

In second bowl, measure flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir in lemon zest and cranberries. Add to batter, stirring just until moistened. Scrape into greased loaf pans. I used 2 large loaf pans and one small and filled them each just over half full.

Bake in 350° oven for 1 hour. Test with toothpick. Let stand 10 minutes. Remove from pan. Cool on wire rack. The recipe says it tastes even better the next day, which I hope is true cuz I'll serve one for breakfast tomorrow and give away the other two!

I will glaze the loaves with a simple glaze made from icing sugar and milk. Or I could make a lemon candy-ish glaze by cooking sugar, lemon juice and water in a pot until it thickens. Hmmm... which would you do?


* So, now that we've had a chance to sample (and give away!) the loaves, I have to say it is a blog-worthy recipe! There's a nice balance between tartness and sweetness and the glaze finishes it off well. I went with the milk and icing sugar glaze. Next time I might try it with 3 lemons instead of two for even more intense lemon-y goodness!


  1. Super random, but I am working on the quilt that you have hanging in the background of the first picture!

  2. Rylee, it's a fun quilt to make... but took me forever to get it done! What stage are you at?

  3. I definitely want to try this recipe out!