Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Holiday Cakes: Cranberry Orange Loaves w/ Pecans

This is my annual give-away cake since I don't bake Christmas cookies.

I double the recipe then make them in these fabulous paper loaf pans.

It is an easy cake and so delicious.

This year, I added Trader's Joe's dried cranberry raisin mixture to the fresh cranberries and pecans.

These can be made 2 days in advance, they actually get better the next day after baking.
They freeze beautifully too.

Cranberry Orange Loaf w/ Pecans (makes 2 small loaves or 1 big loaf)

1 cup sugar
6 tablespoons of softened butter
1/8 tsp almond extract
2 eggs
juice and zest of an orange
1/4 cup of sour cream or creme fraiche
2 cups of flour
2 tsp of baking powder
pinch of kosher salt
handful of pecans
1/3 cup of fresh cranberries (I don't like too many, or it will be too tart)
1/4 golden raisins


1 cup of confectioner's sugar
1 tbsp of heavy cream

Mix sugar with butter, eggs, zest, extract and sour cream until nice and creamy.

Add in the dry ingredients slowly, adding in cranberries, nuts and raisins w/ the flour mixture.
Batter will be heavy and sticky.

Using a rubber spatula (or ice cream scoop, my trick), place the batter into greased loaf pan or 2 separate paper loaf pans.

Bake for 40-45 minutes at 350 until tops are golden.

Let cool on a rack while you make the icing.

Whisk the powdered sugar and cream with a fork and decoratively drizzle icing over warm cakes.

This is the perfect cake with coffee. Not too sweet and tart from the cranberries.

The perfect Christmas morning snack before opening the presents.



Anonymous said...

Gorgeous = like everything you make. I love your open heart.

Proud Italian Cook said...

Lucky recipients, they look beautiful! Happy Hanukkah my friend!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

I just made these (double batch) to gift to neighbors and a small one for me that's nearly all gone. I'll be making them again. So good.

Anonymous said...

This looks great Stacey! Do you think this batter would make good muffins too?

Eileen said...

Looks delicious, Stacey! Would love to have a loaf waiting for me tomorrow morning when I stumble into my kitchen for coffee ;P

Taste of Beirut said...

What a wonderful gift idea! Looks delicious and I'm sure it tastes as good as it looks!

Dena said...

Is 350 oven ok? I have it in the oven right now.

Jeannine said...

Just noticed that there was no temperature, so I'm going to go w/ 350 like the previous comment. Also, mine was wet, not sticky. Maybe the juice from the orange I bought was too much...oh well, it will work or it won't :)

Stacey Snacks said...

Sorry about that. 350F temp for baking has been added!

Darcy said...

These were the best cakes ever...I think it was the creme fraiche that set them apart, and I found the trader joe's mix of raisins and cranberries.
Better than any fruitcake. Thankyou, hope you are feeling better from your flu.
Merry Christmas and Happy hanukah!