Orange and cranberries are a match made in heaven, and this Cranberry Orange Amish Friendship Bread recipe is delicious any time of year. It works well as a gorgeous mini-Bundt cake so you can make a few to share. With the addition of chopped nuts, this recipe makes a hearty breakfast muffin. Use our guide for adapting different baking pans here.
Use dried, fresh, or frozen cranberries … whatever is easier for you. The flavors in this loaf will blow your mind (yes, I really just wrote that!), they are THAT good.
Using fresh orange peel elevates almost any baked good, and this recipe is no exception. Fresh is always best, but I always tend to grate or peel a little extra and freeze the excess to use in a pinch. Here’s a great primer on zesting oranges from my pal Kris at Attainable Sustainable.
Kitchen Friend Paula Altenbach gave this recipe a try and wanted to share this: “This Cranberry Orange Amish Friendship Bread is stand-alone tender, and the addition of Southern Comfort Orange Glaze took it the next level! The men in the house agreed to slather in on and I caught them nibbling the drips.Baked in Colorado Springs at 6,035’, I cut back to 1/4 baking soda and added 1/3 cup flour to the 2 loaf recipe [to account for high altitude baking]. Studding the top of the loaf with 1/8 cup of the called for cranberries baked in beautifully without burning or sinking in. After lightly greasing the pan, I find adding a strip of parchment paper to create a lift for friendship bread has made for fool-proof removal.”
Cranberry Orange Amish Friendship Bread
- 1 cup Amish Friendship Bread Starter
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup oil
- ½ cup fresh or frozen reconstituted orange juice
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
- 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups flour
- 1 small boxes vanilla instant pudding
- 1 cup cranberries fresh, frozen, or dried
- Southern Comfort Glaze optional
- Preheat oven to 325° F (165° C).
- In a large mixing bowl, add ingredients as listed.
- Grease two large loaf pans.
- Dust the greased pans with granulated sugar.
- Pour the batter evenly into loaf or cake pans.
- Bake for one hour or until the bread loosens evenly from the sides and a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean.
- If desired, drizzle with Southern Comfort Glaze when cool.
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