Yield: 2 regular-sized loaves or 6 mini-loaves
Prep Time: 25 min
Cook Time: 1 hr, 10 min
This is a super moist bread with delicious flavor. I made mini-loaves for the holidays and chose to put the Grand Marnier glaze on half of the loaves and a non-alcoholic orange glaze on the remaining loaves.
1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened, plus more for buttering pan
1 1/2 cups granulated white sugar
4 large eggs
1 cup orange juice
1 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons freshly grated orange zest
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups dried cranberries
2 cups powdered sugar
7 to 8 tablespoons Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur
1. Preheat oven to 330°F. (yep, you read that correctly!). Butter two 5x8-inch loaf pans (or, if making the mini loaves, butter six 2-cup capacity pans).
2. With an electric or standing mixer on medium speed, cream butter and sugar together in a large bowl until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each. Add orange juice, sour cream, orange zest, and vanilla; mix until blended.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add flour mixture and cranberries to wet ingredients and mix just until dry ingredients are absorbed; do not overmix.
4. Pour batter into prepared loaf pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in centers of breads comes out clean, 70 to 75 minutes for large loaves and 55 to 60 minutes for mini loaves.
5. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar and 7 tablespoons Grand Marnier. Glaze should have consistency of thick maple syrup or corn syrup. If it is too thick, thin with an additional tablespoon of liqueur.
6. Let loaves cool in pans for 10 minutes, then remove and transfer to a cooling rack set over a large baking sheet. With a thin skewer or long toothpick, poke deep holes in tops of loaves. Drizzle with Grand Marnier glaze so that it coats the top, runs down the sides, and seeps through the holes.
7. Let loaves cool completely, then slice and serve, or wrap and freeze.
*If you prefer to use an alternate glaze that does not contain alcohol, you can substitute orange juice for the Grand Marnier.
Source: RecipeGirl.com (via Sunset)