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Monday, November 30, 2009

ORANGE-CRANBERRY BREAD with GRAND MARNIER GLAZE

Orange-Cranberry Bread With Grand Marnier Glaze on Foodista
1 - 1/2 cups butter, softened
1 - 1/2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 cup orange juice
1 cup sour cream
1 tablespoons freshly grated orange zest
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 - 1/2 cups dried cranberries
2 cups powdered sugar
7 to 8 tablespoons Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur

Preheat oven to 350 F. Butter two loaf pans.

In a medium bowl, cream together butter and sugar at medium speed, until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each. Add orange juice, sour cream, orange zest and vanilla; mix until blended.

In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Add flour mixture and cranberries to wet ingredients and mix just until dry ingredients are absorbed; do not over mix.

Pour batter into prepared loaf pans. Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in centers of bread comes out clean.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar and 7 tablespoons Grand Marnier. Glaze should have consistency of thick maple syrup or corn syrup. If it is too thick, thin with an additional tablespoon of liqueur.

Let loaves cool in pans for 10 minutes, then remove and transfer to a cooling rack set over a baking sheet. With a thin skewer or long toothpick, poke deep holes in tops of loaves. Drizzle with Grand Marnier glaze so that it coats the top, runs down the sides and seeps through the holes.

Let loaves cool completely, then slice and serve or wrap and freeze.

Makes: 2 large loaves or spread the joy with 6 mini loaves.

Notes:
Loaves can be made up to 1 month ahead and frozen. Bake and glaze loaves and allow them to cool completely. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap, put in zip-lock plastic bags and freeze. When ready to serve, remove from freezer and defrost at room temperature.

14 comments:

  1. Ur bread looks fantastic!!!
    Love cranberries so much!!!but not v easy to get my hands on here !!!

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  2. I can't wait to try this. It seems like a good "neighbor" gift. Thanks!
    Betty

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  3. This looks so good. I love the addition of Grand Marnier. Have to try this!

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  4. YUMMY!! That looks delish!
    Thanks for posting

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  5. OMG! This look absolutely fabulous! Beautiful! A slice of this loaf with a cgood cup of coffee would be wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. sounds yummy!!! :) might have to try this!

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  7. I have a bag of cranberries in my fridge that are just crying out to be made into this bread. Thanks for the recipe.

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  8. Oh does this look good! I have a a similar recipe that I have made for many years but mixing the glaze with Grand Marnier is genius!! I will definitely give this a try! Thanks!!

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  9. Mmmmm - will make this bread very soon. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    :)
    ButterYum

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  10. I haven't yet picked up a bag of cranberries this year. Hoping to find them on sale!

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  11. I will have to make this. It's beautiful and sounds tasty. God bless, Doylene

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  12. This sounds so yummy with the glaze! Thanks for linking up to my Holiday Recipe Exchange! http://bit.ly/cOOkBook

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