Chocolate Chip Cranberry Bread

IMG_2926Hi friends–  When we were newlyweds back in seminary housing, I got a version of this yummcious cranberry bread from my Canadian neighbor.  I’m sure I’ve made it every Christmas time since.  So I decided to go “wild” this year and sweeten it up a bit with mini chocolate chips–plus all those cranberries, orange peel and nuts– I think it turned the corner from breakfast food to dessert!

2 cups of flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup of orange juice*
the grated peel of one orange
1 1/3 cup cranberries, cut in half
1 cup of walnuts, chopped coarsely (or pecans)
1 cup mini chocolate chips**

IMG_2921First cup those cranberries in half –not as easy at it sounds– they are roll-y little things.  And chop the nuts.  Grate the orange peel off the orange and then juice it.

Then in a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.  Next mix in the eggs and orange juice.  Finally, fold in the  cranberries, walnuts, orange peel and chocolate chips.

Spoon the stiff batter into one standard loaf pan (or two smaller pans) that have been sprayed with cooking spray.  Bake it up at 350 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes until it’s golden on top and cooked through if you test it by poking in a sharp knife.

Love this stuff– So good toasted up for breakfast (with our without the chocolate!).

*I just juice the orange I’ve used to grate the peel off.  If there’s not quite enough juice, just fill out the cup with water.
**Use those mini chocolate chips– the large ones will sink to the bottom of the loaf as it bakes.


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