An Afternoon Tea Treat-Cranberry, Orange and Walnut Quick Bread


One of my favorite things to do is put together an afternoon tea, complete with finger sandwiches, scones, and other sweet treats. I’m always looking for new recipes to add and here’s one I came up with last week. I thought I’d share it with you because it’s easy to make, has simple ingredients, and maybe even perfect for a Mother’s Day treat-

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup orange juice
2 eggs, beaten
1 orange, peeled and cut into small pieces (also toss the pieces in some flour to stop them from sinking to the bottom of the bread while it’s cooking)
1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 8 X 4 inch pan with non-stick spray.

In a large bowl sift together the flour, salt, baking powder and add the sugar.

In another bowl mix together the oil, orange juice and eggs. Add this to the flour/sugar mixture and mix thoroughly.

Add the orange pieces, cranberries and walnuts. Mix until everything is well incorporated.

Pour the mixture into the prepared pan.

Cook for about 50 minutes, check after 40 minutes. The loaf is ready when a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Let the loaf cool in the pan for about ten minutes and then turn out onto a cooling rack and let cool completely before slicing.

Makes 16 slices.

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