Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Cranberry Orange Bread {gluten, dairy and egg-free}

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I'm really excited about this one!  And its just in time for the holidays.  It all started when I grabbed a bag of fresh cranberries at our local produce market and started thinking of all the yummy things I could make with them.  Then I started wondering about the nutritional value of cranberries, so I did some research.  It turns out cranberries are really good for us!  Besides having a nice amount of vitamin C, and fiber, the phytonutrients they contain are well know for their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer benefits.  There are studies showing cranberries help support immune function and potentially lower the frequency of cold symptoms as well as benefiting the digestive tract.  And guess what?  Studies show that in order to get the most benefit from cranberries, they should be eaten in their natural food state (surprise!).

Setting aside all the good news about cranberries and their nutritional qualities, it turns out they are super yummy as part of this delicious, allergy-friendly snacking loaf.  This cranberry orange bread would make a tasty breakfast, a nice pick-me-up afternoon snack or a wonderful gluten-free bread to serve with Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.  The orange flavor subtly adds a bit of tangy sweet which compliments the cranberries beautifully.  For the recipe, I started with the one on the Ocean Spray cranberries package and adapted it to be free of gluten, dairy and eggs (and a little less sugar).  And it worked!

So run right now to the store, grab a bag of fresh cranberries and make this bread!  Its come together quickly - no fuss - and gets eaten really fast!

Cranberry Orange Bread {gluten, dairy and egg-free}

1 1/2 cups sorghum flour
1/2 cup potato starch or tapioca starch
1 tsp xanthan gum
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 TBSP ground flaxseed
3/4 cup sugar (I used white)
1 cup orange juice
2 TBSP oil
1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries, coarsely chopped (I used my good old Pampered Chef Food Chopper)

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together dry ingredients (sorghum, starch, xanthan gum, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ground flaxseed and sugar).  To this, add orange juice and oil.  Using a hand or stand mixer, mix for a few minutes until well combined.  Stir in chopped cranberries.  Transfer to a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan and bake at 350 for 55-60 minutes.  Cool on a wire rack.  Remove from pan, slice and enjoy!  Makes one loaf.

This recipe is being shared at Full Plate ThursdayFrugal Food ThursdayDelightfully Inspired ThursdayPennywise PlatterGluten Free FridayFoodie FridayFresh Bites FridayFoodtastic Friday,   Food on FridaysPotluck PartyGluten Free MondayBetter Mom MondayMelt in Your Mouth MondayMonday ManiaMake Your Own MondayMusings of a HousewifeInspire Me MondaySlightly Indulgent TuesdayTraditional TuesdayAllergy Free WednesdayGluten Free WednesdayCast Party WednesdayHealthy 2day WednesdayReal Food WednesdayWednesday ExtravaganzaTasty Traditions


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20 comments:

  1. Looks delicious. I have several friends who would like this beings they eat gluten free. Thank you for sharing.

    We may have met by chance...but we become friends by choice.
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  2. This sounds delicious! I might make this to enjoy at Thanksgiving and then freeze some for future snacks. I'm so glad you linked this to Food on Fridays.

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    1. Thanks for the compliment! I hope you enjoy the bread! My hubby and kids ate this up so fast - and asked for more!

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  3. Looks like a delicious loaf I love cranberry and orange together. Thanks for sharing this recipe on foodie friday.

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  4. Sounds delicious.... just something I would love to bite into right now ;DD

    I also wanted to come by and invite you to a very special Potluck Party - it's my 1st FREE recipe e-book launch! Please come and take a look ~ your visit would be greatly appreciated.

    http://www.lifeologia.com/potluck-party-e-book-launch-party-healthy-holidays/
    xoxo
    Ella

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  5. My husband would love this, and me too! Thanks for sharing.
    -Dana

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  6. Wishing you and your family a very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you soon!
    Miz Helen

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  7. When I read the recipe, I was oohhhing and ahhhing :) LOL YUM Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

    We have a great collection of recipes going to get us ready for menu planning! Hope to see you this Thursday for another Gluten Free Fridays link up! It will be live at 7:05 eastern US time. Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

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  8. It looks delicious! My dad recently went vegan, and has asked for baked goods for Christmas, so this recipe may go on the list!

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  9. Wow! Cranberry and orange together should make these delicious. I can't wait to try your recipe. Thank you so much for linking up at Gluten-Free Monday on OneCreativeMommy.com.

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  10. Could you use an gf all purpose flour for this? And if so how much??

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    1. Can't say for sure since I haven't tried it, but I would guess it would work just fine. This seems to be a pretty forgiving recipe. I'd say to stick with the same flour amounts as given (i.e. 2 cups gf flour). Just check to see if your flour mix already has xanthan gum added and alter accordingly. Let us know how it turns out!

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  11. I planned to try this for Thanksgiving, but I forgot to buy the cranberries! I like this recipe so much that I will be featuring it this week on Gluten-Free Monday at OneCreativeMommy.com. Please stop by and grab a featured button if you’d like. I hope you’ll be back to link up again on Monday.

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    1. Heidi - Oh dear! Sorry you found yourself without cranberries! I hope you do get to make this eventually. My family is loving it and I was pleasantly surprised that the few slices that were left over, still had great texture and taste the following day (rare GF moment!). I'm flattered to be featured on Gluten-Free Monday!

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  12. Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures' Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back tomorrow when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

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  13. I love how delicious it looks and how super healthy it is!
    Thank you so much for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza! I hope to see you there again this week :)

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  14. Congratulations!
    Your recipe has been featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you are having a great week and enjoy your new Red Plate.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Awesome! I am so excited to be the proud recipient of the coveted Red Plate! Thank you! Thank you! I'll be facebooking that!

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  15. My mouth is watering! Can't wait to give Cranberry Orange bread a try!
    I would love to have you share this on Thursday at Tasty Traditions: http://myculturedpalate.com/

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    1. I hope you enjoy the bread as much as we do. I'd be delighted to link-up on Thursday. Is it okay for your real food party that my recipe contains white sugar?

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