The second week of December has arrived and so too has the 6th day of our 15 Days of Green Christmas Ideas. So far we have shared an eco-friendly advent calendar, we turned old magazine pages into snowflakes, we made a super fun (and inexpensive) Christmas themed lunch for the kids, we recycled old crayons into new ornaments and we made our own wreath with toys. Phew! All that in one week. What could be next? Well, today I’m sharing one of my ultimate favourite gifts to give..food…good quality and delicious food. This delicious cranberry and clementine loaf tastes like Christmas (in a good way) and would make a lovely gift for anyone on your holiday list.
Many years ago I was known for my cranberry orange loaf…I would bake up batch after batch and gift the loaf to people over the holidays…a perfect inexpensive and heartfelt gift to give when you are a poor student. Well, this year I decided to kick things up with the substitution of clementines and with the addition of a delectable clementine glaze. Truly, such a yummy holiday treat.
Cranberry and Clementine Loaf
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- zest and juice of 2 clementines
- 3/4 cup GayLea sour cream
- 1 large egg
- 3 tbsp grape seed oil
- 1 cup chopped cranberries
For the Glaze
- 1 cup icing sugar
- zest of 1 clementine
- 2 tbsp clementine juice
For the Loaf
- Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.
- In a large bowl, stir together zest, juice of clementines, sour cream, egg, oil and cranberries.
- Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir to combine.
- To make a single loaf, pour batter into a buttered loaf pan.
- To make mini-loaves, divide batter into mini-loaf pans.
- Bake in 350F oven. Bake loaf for 50-60 minutes. For mini-loaves bake for 15-20 minutes. Until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Remove from pan and let cool completely before topping with glaze.
For the glaze
- Combine icing sugar and zest.
- Stir in 1 tbsp clementine juice and add more, to obtain the consistency you like.
- With a fork, drizzle the glaze over the loaf/loaves.
- Let the glaze set up and serve.
Remove from freezer and bring to room temperature and glaze as instructed above...then wrap and give to friends and family.
If not freezing, keep in an air tight container for 1 week...I promise they will not last that long.
The secret ingredient in this recipe is the sour cream. Adding sour cream to loaves and muffins adds a lovely, velvety moistness. The folks at GayLea are celebrating all things sour cream during the month of December. GayLea will be giving away ONE grand prize! To celebrate all of the delicious ways you can infuse sour cream into fun recipes, GayLea is giving away a KitchenAid Stand Mixer! Approximate value: $399.99. Readers may enter across many blogs, they may only win on a single blog. Entrants must be a resident of Canada, however those in Quebec are unfortunately unable to enter the giveaway. For more delicious sour cream recipes please visit the GayLea website or sign up for their weekly newsletter that is always packed with great recipe ideas.
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