I can never do anything normally, can I? Nooooo, not me. Other bloggers post lovely recipes for cranberry orange this and cranberry orange that and make us all run to the store to grab 78 more bags of cranberries to add to the 312 we already have in the freezer because what they create looks so enticing. But not me… I just HAVE to change it up some. Why, you ask? You did ask, didn’t you? I heard someone mumbling out there. Why? I don’t know. I just have to be different. I’m a rebel like that. Or something.
Mind you, I love cranberry orange anything and I may post something a wee bit more “normal” before the holidays are over, but not today.
Tidbit- when my 17 year old son Zach got home from church last night, one of the first things he did was snag a slice (like half the loaf…he’s 17, after all) of this bread. He then wandered to where Russ and I were watching TV and said “Now that’s just weird. This TASTES like Christmas. What the … I took a bite and it just tastes like Christmas.” My reaction was a pleased smile and a “that’s what i was aiming for so I’ll call this recipe a success”. Coming from a young man whose usual response to food is “Snarf….gobble…snort, slurp, kjgJfJfg, more…” I consider this a great reaction.
And he’s right. This really does taste like Christmas. You have a moist bread with a lovely dark chocolate flavor first, then you are hit with the background of orange and cranberry. The bread itself isn’t overly sweet, so the pieces of chocolate are a pleasant surprise when you get them as are the cranberries. Then the glaze just takes this over the top to complete yumminess.
You know the drill…
I love you guys!
Mrs. Cupcake, who has eaten far more of this than I should have
Dark Chocolate Cranberry Orange Bread
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temp
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs plus 1 egg yolk
- 1 cup full fat sour cream
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 teaspoons orange extract
- zest from one orange (about 2 tablespoons)
- 1 3/4 cup flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (NOT drink mix)
- 1/2 teaspoon each of baking powder and baking soda
- 2/3 cup dried sweetened cranberries
- 2/3 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 to 2 tablespoons orange juice
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 inch loaf pan and set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs, vanilla extract and orange extract. Beat until combined then add in the sour cream and beat just until combined.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, orange zest, baking powder and baking soda. Dump the chocolate chips and cranberries into the same bowl and give it a quick stir to combine and get all the pieces dusted with the flour. This helps prevent them all from settling down to the bottom of the loaf.
- Pour/spoon into the prepared loaf pan (this is a thick batter). Smooth the top. Bake at 350 until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 50 minutes.
- Let cool in the pan for about ten minutes, then turn it out onto a rack to finish cooling.
- When cool, make you glaze. Combine the powdered sugar and orange zest in a small bowl. Add one tablespoon of the orange juice to it and stir. If it’s still too thick to drizzle, add the other tablespoon of o.j. Drizzle over the cooled loaf and sprinkle with some dried cranberries.
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