Cranberry Orange Tea Bread


1/2 cup pecans or walnuts
1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, coarsely chopped
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon orange zest, finely minced
4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 large egg, well beaten
3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and place rack in the center of the oven. Grease (or spray with a nonstick vegetable spray) a 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan.

Toast the pecans or walnuts for about 8 – 10 minutes or until lightly browned and fragrant. Let cool and then chop coarsely.

In a small bowl, combine the beaten egg with the orange juice and vanilla extract.

In a large bowl, whisk the flour with the sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and orange zest. Cut the butter into small pieces and blend it into the flour mixture with a pastry blender or two knives. The mixture should look like coarse crumbs. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir in the chopped cranberries and nuts. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 50 – 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack for about 10 minutes. Then remove the bread from the pan and let cool completely before slicing. I drizzled an orange glaze over the loaf — orange juice, orange zest and powedered sugar. Freezes well!

Makes one – 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf.

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