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At this time of year when we’re transitioning from fall recipes to winter confections, I love turning to gluten free cranberry orange quick bread to bridge the gap. I’m never one to let go of pumpkin — the flavor, the color, the nutrition — there are really so many things to love about pumpkin. But the tart pop from gorgeous cranberries is something I look forward to in my recipes for months leading up to winter. Cranberries make it easier for me to let go of pumpkin.
This recipe post is a little different for a couple reasons: first, I’m giving you two recipe choices; second, I’ve invited a guest blogger to share her recipe here because it kicks cranberry bootie. Seriously, I’ve tried her recipe and it’s the best. The bomb. The bomb-diggity, as my kids have been known to say.
If you’re looking for a low-fat, oil-free pumpkin version of cranberry bread, I highly recommend you check out this recipe I created for e-how. You can find it by clicking on the video photo link below.
If you’re looking for the best, bomb-diggity gluten free cranberry orange quick bread, allow me to introduce you to Karen, the blogger behind Healthy Gluten Free Family. I saw this picture of her bread on Instagram and I literally (yes, I mean literally) dropped everything and went into my kitchen to make it myself. In fact, we were out of orange juice, so I literally (yes, I mean literally) juiced fresh oranges just so I could make this recipe immediately. And it didn’t disappoint.
Here’s Karen’s take on her soon-to-be-famous Gluten Free Cranberry Orange Quick Bread:
What’s your favorite holiday food? Of all the holiday food traditions my family has (and coming from a big Italian family there are many!), this Cranberry-Orange Quick Bread is my absolute favorite! It makes its first appearance at our holiday table on Thanksgiving, then has a starring role as a Christmas morning treat. I’ve loved this bread since I was a child because it’s moist, not too sweet or tart, and has a slight orange flavor. As a cook, I love that it’s made with recognizable ingredients and pantry staples, it’s low fat and it’s packed with goodness like chopped walnuts, orange zest and lots of fresh cranberries. As a bonus, the bread smells amazing when it’s baking and gives the house a festive feel!
Now for a shameless (and unsolicited!) plug about gfJules Gluten Free Flour: My son was diagnosed with celiac disease over six years ago and we’ve been loyal users of gfJules Flour ever since. gfJules Gluten Free All Purpose Flour is a blend that allows us to substitute one for one directly into any family recipe without any further thought. Given the importance of food traditions in my family, it is truly a lifesaver! This Cranberry Bread recipe works so well with gfJules Flour the rest of the family says they do not notice any difference!
Preheat oven to 350° F.
Whisk all dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Cut in butter until mixture resembles a coarse cornmeal (Jules note: or use paddle attachment on a stand mixer and mix just until butter forms small pebbles throughout).
In a separate bowl, combine orange juice, orange rind and egg (Jules note: fresh squeezed OJ is amazing, but not required).
Pour all at once into dry ingredients, mixing just enough to dampen. Carefully fold in the nuts & cranberries.
Spoon into a lightly oiled or oiled and GF floured 9″ or 10″ loaf pan. Spread corners and sides slightly higher.
Bake for 1 hour. A knife should come out of the center cleanly. (Jules note: in my oven this loaf baked for 67 minutes; begin checking with a toothpick at 1 hour and remove when toothpick comes out with only crumbs attached and no wet batter.)
Remove to cool on a wire rack before slicing.