‘Tis the Season for holiday baking and I have a sweet treat to bake and share~ Cranberry-Orange-Pistachio Loaves! The red and green from the cranberries and pistachios make these mini loaves of bread merry and bright, as well as sweet, tart and nutty! A perfect little loaf to give or enjoy for the holidays!
Festive paper baking loaf pans make these mini loaves easy for gift giving. I always stroll the baking and food section of HomeGoods when I’m there and I found a set of 6 festive Welcome Home Brands baking loaf pans for $4.99. Are you familiar with these paper bakeware loaf pans? They streamline the baking process; just add your batter, bake and serve, no pre-greasing required. They’re freezer safe and oven safe to 400°F.
You can find paper baking loaf pans at kitchen stores and I’ve seen them most recently at Target in an assortment of festive red and green patterns for Christmas.
recipe courtesy Taste of the South Magazine
Makes 8 (5 1/4 x 2 1/2 ) mini loaves, 2 (9 x 5) loaves or 4 (7 x 2.5 x 1.8) loaves
4 cups self-rising flour
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, coarsely chopped
1 cup roasted salted pistachios, chopped
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 teaspoons orange zest
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs
Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine flour, 2 cups sugar, and rosemary. Add cranberries and pistachios; stir gently to combine.
In a medium bowl, stir together milk, melted butter, orange zest, vanilla, and eggs until combined. Add milk mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until combined. Divide batter evenly among 8 (5¼ x 2½-inch) mini paper loaf pans or 2 (9×5-inch) loaf pans; place on a baking sheet. Sprinkle tops with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar.
Bake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, approximately 30 minutes for mini loaves and 50 minutes for large loaves. Let cool completely on a wire rack.
I used 7 x 2.5 x 1.8 loaf baking pans for 4 mini loaves. If you use regular (metal)loaf pans, be sure to spray with nonstick baking spray with flour before adding batter. Fill loaf pans 3/4 full.
Self-rising flour is all-purpose flour with baking powder and salt added. To make your own, combine 4 cups all-purpose flour with 2 tablespoons baking powder and 1 teaspoon fine salt.
Chop your cranberries as recipe directs (unlike me :) so they are distributed more evenly throughout the batter.
As always when zesting, zest just the orange peel, not the white pith, which is bitter.
Substitute chopped pecans or walnuts for the pistachios if you prefer.
Sprinkle tops of loaves with sanding sugar for a little festive sparkle before baking if desired.