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White Chocolate Cranberry Bread

Tangy cranberries complement the appealing vanilla-citrus flavor of this quick bread shared by Ruth Burrus, a field editor from Zionsville, Indiana. The fine texture of her holiday loaf is similar to a pound cake.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1 loaf (16 slices)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup vanilla or white chips, melted and cooled
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 cup dried cranberries

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in lemon zest and vanilla. Stir in melted chips. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture, alternately with buttermilk and orange juice, beating well after each addition. Fold in cranberries.
  • Pour into a greased and floured 9x5-in. loaf pan. Bake at 350° for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
Editor's Note
This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 238 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 119mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • roundhouse
    Mar 23, 2011

    i read the previous review that mentioned the overbrowning problem, therefore watched very carefully to try and avoid it happening - but still by the time the center tested done the rest of the loaf was hard as a brick. The flavor inside was nice, but i will probably stick with some other quick bread recipes i have that are foolproof.

  • Cookin4MyFam
    Nov 3, 2009

    I have made this recipe several times. Absolutely delish! Very quick to mix up. I need to adjust my baking because the outside got a little dry and browned. Maybe make two smaller loafs.