Cranberry-Orange Bread With Sprouted Flour

When I changed my diet to traditional foods, I pretty much stopped eating most breads – especially sweetened breads and muffins. But over the last year, I have learned that I can still enjoy these treats sometimes by replacing the bad ingredients with the good.

www.mypicshares.comI go crazy for warm-homemade breads, like many people. I have been trying to bake as much as possible this season, as historically, most seasons go by in my life and I just don’t bake a lot. I’m more inspired the more I learn about traditional cooking and the more recipes I come across.

Cranberries and oranges impart such great flavors in many foods, and home-made breads are no exception – and they are especially delicious together. In this recipe, the flavors are subtle, but definitely present. Here’s my version of one of my all-time favorite breads. It’s great during the holidays and cold weather, and really any time of the year.

Ingredients:

Juice and zest (grated peel) of 1 small orange
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup healthy sweetener – I used sucanat
1 egg from pasture-raised hens
1 cup chopped fresh cranberries
1/2 cup chopped sprouted walnuts
2 cups sprouted flour
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

These pictured items are two of my best friends when it comes to making great baked items in the kitchen. Sprouted flour is healthier to use because it comes from sprouted grains, and sprouted grains have lower phytic acid levels in them – which aids greatly in digestion and nutrient absorption. Real butter from grass-fed cows is healthier because it is rich in Omega 3 content and Conjugated Linoleic Acid – both essential for good health. I use To Your Health sprouted flour and Organic Valley Pasture Butter.

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Directions:

  1. Chop up walnuts, cranberries, and grate orange zest. Set aside.
  2. Put a small saucepan on the stove and melt butter on low heat. Squeeze orange juice into a mixing bowl and add grated orange peel and butter. When butter is melted, add orange mixture and stir. Set aside.
  3. In a second mixing bowl, beat sucanat and egg.
  4. Add orange mixture and stir well blended. Then add cranberries and nuts.
  5. Mix together in a third bowl flour, salt, and baking soda.
  6. Pour orange and egg mixture into the flour mixture and stir with wooden spoon until well mixed.
  7. Pour batter into a 9 inch loaf pan that you have greased with butter.

Bake at 325° for about 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in center of loaf comes out clean.

Cool on a rack and store overnight before serving.

This bread is fantastic the next day toasted or heated briefly in the oven. Spread a generous slice of real butter on top and enjoy!

This recipe is part of The Nourishing Gourmet’s Pennywise Platter Thursday. Please visit Kimi’s site and check out all the other great recipes there.

5 Comments

  • January 2, 2010 - 1:18 PM | Permalink

    This looks delicious! I so wish I could find an affordable sprouted flour to buy :( Oh well, lol! I just got a food dehydrator and hopefully within a month I’ll have a grain mill for my own sprouted flour, Just wish I had more time, haha!

  • January 3, 2010 - 12:21 AM | Permalink

    Hi Diana – you can always soak your flour though, which you probably already know. The sprouted flours are a bit more expensive. I had a bag that lasted a few months, but then I wasn’t baking. The second bag I bought – just about two weeks ago, is now half gone because I’ve been baking more. We eat limited grains in our house, so it tends to last longer (especially when we are not baking). We get ours from To Your Health – http://organicsproutedflour.net/ in case you are interested. :)

    We also just bought a food dehydrator too, and I am looking forward to using it a lot! I have been reading the recipe book and it looks delightful! I will have to really read up on the part about making my own sprouted flour, although I will have to wait awhile to buy the grain mill.

  • January 7, 2010 - 5:26 PM | Permalink

    Nice blog entry! Your blog is one of the better ones I’ve seen! Looking forward to some more entries from you.

  • February 4, 2010 - 7:06 PM | Permalink

    I love cranberry orange bread! This is a great recipe using great ingredients. :-)

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