Looking for a wonderful gift to make your neighbors or friends this Christmas? These Cranberry Orange Mini Bread Loaves are festive and delicious so they are sure to please!
Cranberry Orange Mini Bread Loaves
If there’s one thing I love it’s giving baked goods as gifts. Whether it’s for Christmas or Birthdays or just any day that needs to be celebrated. I’m a giver and a baker, so this recipe for Cranberry Orange Mini Bread Loaves is perfect for me. It’s a big batch too which is nice, just make one recipe and you’ll have several gifts to give. And they don’t require any fancy ingredients to make. Make a batch of Cranberry Orange Mini Loaves for gift giving and your friends will love you for it.
Baking for friends goes way back for me, I used to make everyone I knew a cake in my easy bake oven when I was a little girl. From scratch, little tiny cakes, frosted even and usually with a sweet little theme to go with it, like a cat face or penguins on a frosting iceberg over blue frosting. Needless to say, this trait has followed me in my adult life, some things never change. Although I have to admit I don’t bake a lot of cakes for friends anymore, I just don’t have the time, but these little mini loaves are something I do make time for.
I use dried cranberries in this recipe because they’re something I always have tucked away in my pantry. My kids love them, especially on oatmeal or in cookies or even just in their lunches. The other thing you need is sour milk. You can obviously use buttermilk but I find just adding lemon juice (or vinegar!) to milk works just as well and it doesn’t make a difference in the flavor. See? No fancy ingredients to worry about just fairly basic staples.
Cranberry Orange Mini Bread Loaves
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 6 Tablespoons of cold butter
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
Mix the flour, sugar and cinnamon together cut in the butter with two knives or rub it in with your hands until the mixture is well combined but crumbly, set aside.
- 1 1/2 cups dried cranberries
- 1 orange
- 4 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 cups buttermilk or juice of half a lemon and enough milk to make 2 cups
- 2/3 cup of oil, I used light olive oil
Preheat the oven to 350˚ and grease 6 mini loaf baking pans.
Put the cranberries in a small saucepan, zest the orange and add it to the pan then juice the same orange and pour the juice over the cranberries. Warm gently over low heat, you don’t want to boil this, you’re just softening up the cranberries and infusing them with orange flavor.
While the cranberries are cooking, mix the flour, salt and baking soda together. In a separate bowl mix the eggs, sugars, oil, and buttermilk.
Stir in the soaked cranberries (do not drain) until just combined. Pour into prepared pans. Divide streusel evenly over the tops.
Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool, wrap and give to friends!
If you are looking for more mini bread loaf recipes to share with friends this year, you might also want to try this yummy Chocolate Cream Cheese Bread.
Laura Sampson, a lifelong Alaskan, is the writer of Little House Big Alaska, an Alaska lifestyle blog. She’s a mom to three boys and attributes every gray hair and wrinkle to them. Laura shares her farmhouse with her husband, 2 dogs and 2 cats, the obligatory flock of chickens inhabit their own coop out back. She’s been blogging for 9 years and enjoys living the writer and social media influencer’s life.