Jan 18, 2014

Cranberry Praline Bread

Moist, sweet-tangy, buttery, nutty - hints of deliciousness in every bite - Cranberry Praline Bread

Moist, sweet-tangy, buttery, nutty - hints of deliciousness in every bite PROMISE

So I still had some fresh cranberries left-over from the holiday season that's begging to be used. I didn't fancy making cookies nor cooking extra cranberry sauce. Then an idea struck me when I saw my Apple Praline Bread. Why not try the same recipe for Apples but use Cranberry instead? I know I had to make some adjustments as the cranberries are tart and not as sweet as the apples but with some minor tweaking the result was a truly moist and scrumptious bread, I dare say, as good as the Apple version! From now on this is how I will be making Cranberry Bread! Why haven't I thought of this earlier when there were more Cranberries. Oh well, better late than never!

Since, cranberries are sharper in flavor (tangy and tart) compared to the sweet apples, I had to add a little more sugar to the recipe. You still have a good contrast between the sweet and tart so it's not overly sweet at all, in fact the addition of cranberries gave it that extra tang which made the bread so delicious. I wasn't sure if sour cream on its own would be enough to moisten the bread so initially I added a little oil to the batter - it came out really moist and flavorful. The next time, I omitted the oil and just used sour cream - it still came out well, moist and not dry at all. So feel free to add or omit the oil as you please. With regard to the praline topping - you can use the maximum amount (1/2 cup each of butter and sugar - see photo above) and the bread still won't be overly sweet - at least for me, but if you want a lower fat version - opt for the 1/4 cup - it will still be good, just a little less sweeter. This bread is so versatile that way and that's why I love it! Enjoy, if you still have some left-over cranberries!

Moist, sweet-tangy, buttery, nutty - hints of deliciousness in every bite PROMISE


 Ingredients
1 cup sour cream                    
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/4 cup white sugar
2 Eggs
3 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil (optional)*
1 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla extract
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Salt  
1 cup fresh or frozen Cranberries, coarsely chopped
1 cup nuts (walnut or pecan or a combo), divided

For the praline sauce:
¼ to 1/2 cup brown sugar and ¼ to 1/2 cup butter

*I have tried both with and without the extra vegetable oil. The one without was still moist and has a stronger cranberry taste. The one with oil has has extra moisture but less pronounced cranberry taste. They both taste good either way so follow your instinct. 

Procedure

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Lightly grease or butter a  9x5x3-inch loaf pan (preferably a light colored one). Set aside.

Combine the flour, leavening agents, ground cinnamon and salt in a bowl. Stir in the chopped cranberries.

Using an electric mixer, beat together the sour cream, sugar, eggs, oil (if using) and vanilla on low speed for a couple of minutes until well blended.
Stop the mixer and then add in the flour mixture. Stir to combine.

Fold in half the nuts into the batter. 

Transfer the batter into the greased loaf pan.

Sprinkle the rest of the nuts on top and then press them lightly into the batter. Bake for about 60-70 or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. If it's browning a little too much on the top, cover with a tent foil and continue to bake until fully cooked.

Cool in the loaf pan for about 10-15 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 

For the praline sauce:
In a small sauce pan,  place the butter and brown sugar. Using medium heat, bring to a boil. Lower the heat and then simmer lightly for about one minute, stirring constantly until  the sauce thickens. Remove from heat and then drizzle over the bread. Cool completely. You can also opt to let the bread completely cool first and then drizzle the praline topping afterwards. That's what I did.


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Moist, sweet-tangy, buttery, nutty - hints of deliciousness in every bite PROMISE

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21 comments

  1. Oh wow, Abby! This looks amazing and so delicious.

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    1. Thanks, Cindy! It really is. It was my breakfast this morning. :-) Thanks for stopping by. :-)

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  2. Abby, your bread looks absolutely gorgeous and delicious.

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    1. Thank you so much Marie. Coming from you, it's a huge compliment. Glad you stopped by.

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  3. What a gorgeous loaf of bread, Abby. I seriously can't wait to try this. It's pinned so I can't lose the recipe. Wow!

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    1. Thank you so much, Lorinda. Appreciate it much and hope you enjoy it.

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  4. Abby, I love the combo of praline and cranberry, very festive.

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  5. This looks so good! Nice and festive, and I can only imagine how yummy it is. Well, that is until I make it, which needs to be soon!! yum

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  6. Cranberries and pralines are two of my favorite flavors! I can't wait to try this bread.

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  7. Oh yum this would be a great holiday gift for neighbors.

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  8. Perfect festive loaf for the holidays, I just love this!! Wish I had a slice!!

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  9. This cake looks so moist and delicious!

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  10. It so happens I DO have fresh cranberries that need using at the moment! This looks like a fantastic way to use them up! I love breads like this. That Praline topping is 'to die for'!

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  11. Such a gorgeous holiday bread, lovely!

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  12. I love fresh cranberries and their tart taste, especially when used for baking. This cranberry praline bread looks absolutely delicious! Wish I could get some fresh cranberry now to try this.

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  13. I love the sound of the tart cranberries against that dreamy praline topping!

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  14. Your cake looks so easy to make and that topping is totally "crave worthy". Drooling!

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  15. Cranberries and pecans are my favourite things to eat at the moment, so this sounds perfect to me!

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  16. Good gracious this bread looks just scrumptious! Love the caramel topping!

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  17. This bread looks so festive and delicious!

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  18. What a gorgeous loaf of bread! I love cranberries for the holiday season :)

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