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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Cranberry and Almond Quick Bread with White Chocolate Glaze


From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...This is one of those breads that fall into the simply delicious category. It is easy to prepare and all the ingredients needed to make it, including the flavored coffee creamer, can be found in any large supermarket. It is hard to go wrong with this recipe, but you can make your bread even better, by toasting the almonds and using the full compliment of almond extract that's called for in the recipe. The bread is a great keeper and it ages really well. The white chocolate glaze is unexpected, but it is a wonderful compliment to the cranberries and nuts used in the bread. The loaf would make a wonderful addition to a tea table and I know it will be welcomed by those of you who are tired of the old cranberry and orange combination. Here is how this more upscale version is made.


Cranberry and Almond Quick Bread with White Chocolate Glaze...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Midwest Living magazine

Ingredients:
1-1/2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons almond extract
2/3 cup chopped almonds, toasted if you like
White Chocolate Glaze (see recipe below)

Directions:
1) Rinse cranberries in cold water; drain. Grease bottom and 1/2 inch up the sides of one 9x5x3-inch loaf pan. Line bottom of pan with waxed paper; grease. Set aside.
2) In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Make a well in center of flour mixture; set aside.
3) In a medium bowl, combine eggs, buttermilk, melted butter and almond extract. Add egg mixture all at once to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened (batter should be lumpy). Fold in cranberries and the chopped almonds. Spoon batter into prepared pan, spreading evenly.
4) Bake in a 325 degree F oven about 75 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted near center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack. Wrap and store overnight before slicing.
Before serving, unwrap bread. Drizzle with White Chocolate Glaze and sprinkle with additional toasted almonds. Makes 1 loaf (12 slices).

White Chocolate Glaze


Ingredients:
1/4 cup white baking pieces
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 tablespoon French vanilla liquid coffee creamer

Directions:

In a small, microwave-safe bowl, microwave white baking pieces on 50 percent power (medium) for 1-1/2 to 2 minutes or until melted and smooth, stirring once or twice. Stir in powdered sugar and French vanilla liquid coffee creamer. If necessary, stir in additional coffee creamer, 1 teaspoon at a time, until glaze reaches drizzling consistency. Makes 1/4 cup.

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12 comments:

Angie Schneider said...

So beautiful and X'mas-y! Bet it tastes heavenly!

Ginny said...

What a wonderful, beautiful surprise when you cut into it! This would make a great Christmas gift, or for a holiday brunch.

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

This sounds like a wonderful seasonal bread Mary! Love the white chocolate glaze, I look forward to making that:@)

Hovkonditorn said...

This is a beautiful and tasty cake. Have a lovely day!

decocinasytacones said...

Oh white chocolate, hmmmmmm. This is really good.
I´m enjoying a lazy Sunday without children (well children) at home with my husband...I´ll make a roast with veggies and potatoes.....this could make the perfect dessert with a glass of freezing milk.
Love and have a great Sunday
Marialuisa

Beverly said...

White chocolate glaze is a great idea!

Joanne said...

This is definitely the perfect quickbread for the holiday season! It would make for such a fun breakfast treat!

A Paix√£o da Isa said...

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Tricia Buice said...

This sounds perfect for a Christmas morning buffet! Thanks Mary I needed this recipe :)

Chris Scheuer said...

I love cranberries and white chocolate combined. This bread is so pretty too!

bellini said...

Loving the white chocolate glaze in this tender cake. A perfect foile for the tart cranberries.

David said...

Mary, This quick bread is a bit more than bread, that's for sure! It has a lot going on and that white chocolate glaze just puts it over the top! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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