If You Could Smell My Kitchen

I wish you could smell my kitchen. I zested an orange for the first time this season, releasing spritzes of orange peel oils and juice on my face and fingers simultaneously.  The breezy citrus smell awakened my memories of holiday baking.

I mixed up this orange cranberry bread for a nice transition into Thanksgiving and Christmas. When I tried to leave the kitchen, the smells kept drawing me back. I love the sugary crust that forms on top of this loaf and the contrast between tart and sweet.

Orange Cranberry Bread

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon salt
¼ cup shortening
¾ cup orange juice
1 tablespoon grated orange rind
1 beaten egg
½ – 1 cup chopped nuts (I like slivered almonds)
2 cup cranberries

Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, soda, salt. Cut shortening into dry ingredients. Add orange rind. Mix orange juice and egg. Add to dry ingredients. Fold in nuts and cranberries. Place in greased and floured loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 1 hour. When a toothpick poked in the middle comes out clean, it is baked.Allow the bread to cool for at least ten minutes before removing carefully from the loaf pan. Best served the following day.


  1. e-Mom
    Nov 22, 2008

    Fabulous! I can smell the orange zest from here… Cranberry bread is a favorite of mine too. Fun to make as gifts for neighbors. :~D

  2. farmers*wife
    Nov 22, 2008

    Um, YUM! Found you via “Grow Together.” 😉

  3. Mozi Esme's Mommy
    Nov 24, 2008

    This looks wonderfully yummy!

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