Cranberry Loaf

This aromatic cranberry bread gives off the most amazing smell when baking. Your home is sure to smell like a wonderful combination of cranberries and orange juice. I love eating this cranberry bread as a snack in school or after I come back home.

It is super simple, nutritious and can be thrown together in a matter of minutes.

Cranberry Bread
1 cup plain flour
1 cup wholemeal flour
pinch of salt
2 tsp baking powder, divided
3 1/2 tbsp neutral oil, divided
1 tsp orange zest
1/3 cup orange juice
1/2 cup dried cranberries
3/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 1/2 tbsp water

Preheat the oven to 175 C. Combine all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Add 2 tbsp of the oil and mix to coat the dry ingredients. Add the orange zest and dried cranberries. The flour mixture should completely coat the zest and cranberries. In a separate mixing bowl, mix the remaining oil, water and baking powder. Add the orange juice to this mixture. Pour the wet ingredients and maple syrup onto the dry flour mixture and stir just enough to combine all ingredients. Do not overmix. Pour into a loaf baking dish lined with baking paper. Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

As always, this is best served warm but really tastes good at any temperature and at any time of the day.  Serve it with a pat of butter, jam, a glass of milk or a cup of tea/coffee. Eat it for breakfast, tea or just sneak a slice when you're in the mood.

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