Orange Chip Cranberry Bread

Tart berries, crunchy nuts and sweet chocolate are simply scrumptious when mixed together in this easy quick bread. You can also top it off with an orange-flavored glaze if you wish.

Yield

24 servings

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated (white) sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons grated orange peel
1 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 cups chopped fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed
1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts
3/4 cup confectioners' (powdered) sugar, optional
2 tablespoons orange juice, optional

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Grease two 8 x 4-inch loaf pans with cooking spray.

In a bowl, combine the first five ingredients. In another bowl, combine eggs, oil and orange peel; mix well. Add to dry ingredients alternately with buttermilk. Fold in cranberries, chocolate chips and walnuts. Pour into prepared loaf pans.

Bake in the preheated oven for 50 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire cooling racks.

If glaze is desired, combine confectioners' sugar and orange juice until smooth; spread over cooled loaves.

Nutritional Information

1 serving (1 slice) equals 220 calories, 13 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 76 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.

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