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Gluten Free Glazed Orange Cranberry Bread

The perfect sweet bread for Christmas! Gluten Free Glazed Orange Cranberry Bread will be your family's new holiday treat!

‘Tis the season for holiday baking and, gluten free needs or not, you’re going to want to add Gluten Free Glazed Orange Cranberry Bread to your baking to-do list.  Each miniature loaf is loaded with fresh cranberries, crunchy pecans and a hint of citrus from Clementine oranges. All of these holiday flavors are tucked into a tender, buttermilk quick bread that’s made with Hodgson Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour. I love these tasty little loaves as is, but if you want to dress them up a bit, be sure to drizzle the cinnamon-vanilla glaze on top – it’s a delicious addition. Not only is this gluten free recipe quick and easy to put together, it also makes four little loaves at a time, so you’ll have plenty to share with family and friends.  Turn on some festive music and let’s get baking!

The perfect sweet bread for Christmas! Gluten Free Glazed Orange Cranberry Bread will be your family's new holiday treat!

I’ve worked with Hodgson Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour multiple times and have always been happy with the results. It’s the perfect blend of brown rice flour, tapioca flour and cornstarch that gives baked goods a taste and texture similar to gluten based foods.  And because this premium flour is made with brown rice, you also get the benefits of whole grains, i.e. more nutrients, vitamins and minerals than your average gluten free flour.

If you’ve ever had a problem with gluten free baked goods falling flat, then it’s time to give Hodgson Mill Gluten Free Xanthan Gum a try.  Xanthan gum is an all-natural plant-based ingredient that helps provide structure to gluten free baked goods. I’ve used it in cookies (Gluten Free White Chocolate Cherry Cookies), cake (Gluten Free Chocolate Lava Cakes) and now in this quick bread.  Take it from me, a little bit of xanthan gum makes a big difference in successful gluten free baking.

The perfect sweet bread for Christmas! Gluten Free Glazed Orange Cranberry Bread will be your family's new holiday treat! 

To get started, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, xanthan gum and salt together in a medium-size bowl.  Set aside.

The perfect sweet bread for Christmas! Gluten Free Glazed Orange Cranberry Bread will be your family's new holiday treat!

In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes.  Next, add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Mix in the vanilla and orange zest.  Set aside. 

Whisk the buttermilk and orange juice together in a small bowl. Set aside.

The perfect sweet bread for Christmas! Gluten Free Glazed Orange Cranberry Bread will be your family's new holiday treat!

The perfect sweet bread for Christmas! Gluten Free Glazed Orange Cranberry Bread will be your family's new holiday treat!

Next, stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture in thirds, alternating with the buttermilk/orange juice. Begin and end with the flour mixture.  Fold in the pecans and cranberries. 

The perfect sweet bread for Christmas! Gluten Free Glazed Orange Cranberry Bread will be your family's new holiday treat!

Line the bottom of four 3x6-inch miniature loaf pans with parchment paper and spray the pans with non-stick cooking spray.  Divide the batter evenly among the pans, filling each about two-thirds of the way full. 

Bake the bread in a 350°F oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. 

It’s possible to bake this bread in one, standard-size loaf pan, but you’ll need to adjust the baking time.  Expect one large loaf to take closer to an hour in the oven.  

The perfect sweet bread for Christmas! Gluten Free Glazed Orange Cranberry Bread will be your family's new holiday treat!

Allow the loaves to cool for five minutes and then remove them from the pans, take off the parchment paper and turn them on their sides to finish cooling on a wire rack. 

The perfect sweet bread for Christmas! Gluten Free Glazed Orange Cranberry Bread will be your family's new holiday treat!

While the loaves are cooling, whisk the powdered sugar, heavy cream or milk, melted butter, vanilla, and cinnamon together in a small bowl.  Add more cream or milk as needed to create a pourable glaze consistency.  Set aside.

The perfect sweet bread for Christmas! Gluten Free Glazed Orange Cranberry Bread will be your family's new holiday treat!

Drizzle the glaze over the top of the cooled bread.  I poured the glaze into a plastic baggie and snipped off a corner of the bag to pipe the glaze onto each loaf.  This bread tastes great plain, but you won’t regret adding this delicious glaze one bit. 

The perfect sweet bread for Christmas! Gluten Free Glazed Orange Cranberry Bread will be your family's new holiday treat!

As much as I love baking during the holidays, I love sharing my goodies with friends and family even more.  After setting aside a loaf of Gluten Free Glazed Orange Cranberry Bread for us, we slipped the other three into cellophane bags, tied them up with holiday ribbon and gave them out as gifts.  Our recipients (especially our gluten free friends) were thrilled to have such cute, delicious, miniature loaves of bread to nibble on for breakfast, lunch or as an afternoon snack. 

The loaf we set aside for ourselves was devoured in the blink of an eye and my family is ready for the next round. They assure me that we have many more friends who would love a loaf of this wonderful bread, and they’re willing to sample each and every batch (for quality control) until our gifting is complete.  It’s a good thing Gluten Free Glazed Orange Cranberry Bread is so easy to put together; I have a feeling I’ll be making lots of little loaves this holiday season.  Enjoy! 

Gluten Free Glazed Orange Cranberry Bread

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Hodgson Mill Gluten Free Baking Flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp. Hodgson Mill Xanthan Gum
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. fresh orange zest, finely grated
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. heavy cream or milk
  • 2 tsp. unsalted butter, melted & slightly cooled
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

Instructions

Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, xanthan gum, and salt together in a medium-size bowl.  Set aside. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes.  Next, add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Mix in the vanilla and orange zest.  Set aside.  Whisk the buttermilk and orange juice together in a small bowl. Stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture in thirds, alternating with the buttermilk/orange juice. Begin and end with the flour mixture.  Fold in the pecans and cranberries.  Line the bottom of four 3x6-inch miniature loaf pans with parchment paper and spray the pans with non-stick cooking spray.  Divide the batter evenly among the pans, filling each about two-thirds of the way full.  Bake the bread in a 350°F oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Allow the loaves to cool for five minutes and then remove them from the pans, taking off the parchment paper and turning them on their sides to finish cooling on a wire rack.  While the loaves are cooling, whisk the powdered sugar, heavy cream or milk, melted butter, vanilla, and cinnamon together in a small bowl.  Add more cream or milk as needed to create a pourable glaze consistency.  Set aside. Drizzle the glaze over the top of the cooled bread.  The loaves can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days.

Notes

The bread can be baked in one, standard-size loaf pan instead of four miniature pans if desired.  The baking time will need to be adjusted to approximately an hour in the oven.

Servings

Makes four 3x6-inch loaves

Original recipe by Holly

You can find Gluten Free Glazed Orange Cranberry Bread and other recipes from Hodgson Mill by visiting the Recipes page.



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