This isn’t the type of recipe I would normally choose to make.
Lots of steps. Sort of odd-ball ingredients. Lots of chopping.
But…I thought the ingredients were interesting and I wanted something special to give as gifts to a few friends.
Something I made…that came from my kitchen.
Seriously…these little loaves were worth every last minute they took to make.
They are chuck full of taste and texture. The fresh orange peel adds a brightness that is unbelievable. I think I’m going to start adding a little fresh fruit peel to all my bread and muffin recipes.
The best part was the way my kitchen smelled when I was grating the orange peel.
I made just a few tweaks to the recipe. It was featured in the November 2012 Better Homes and Gardens.
I added a little more orange juice to the glaze and didn’t use any nuts. Here is my printable version.
- 2 c. all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 t. cinnamon
- 1/2 t. baking soda
- 1/2 t. baking powder
- 1/3 c. butter softened
- 1/2 c. brown sugar
- 1/2 c. white sugar
- 1 c. whole milk ricotta cheese
- 1 egg
- 1 T. finely shredded fresh orange peel
- 1 T. fresh orange juice
- 1/2 t. vanilla
- 1 1/2 c. fresh cranberries, coarsely chopped
- 2 T. finely chopped crystallized ginger
- 1 recipe Orange Glaze (below)
- 1/2 c. walnuts or pecans toasted and chopped
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease 15 muffin cups. (I made mini loaves and got 8.)
- In a bowl combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and a pinch of salt.
- In a mixing bowl with an electric mixer beat butter and sugars until fluffy.
- Beat in ricotta, egg, orange peel, orange juice and vanilla.
- Stir in flour mixture just until combined.
- Fold in cranberries and ginger.
- Fill prepared muffin cups or loaf pans 2/3 full.
- Bake 20-25 min. until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean.
- Cool in pan 5 min.
- Remove; cool slightly.
- Spoon on glaze. Sprinkle with nuts and additional orange peel if desired.
- Orange Glaze: Combine 1 c. powdered sugar, 2 T. orange juice and 1/2 t. vanilla. Stir in 2 T. melted butter and 1 t. shredded orange peel.
I will definitely be making these loaves again next week for gifts. From start to finish they took about an hour. Which when you consider what you end up with, isn’t so bad!