Orange-Cranberry Bread with Grand Marnier Glaze

A perfect bread to have with Christmas breakfast.

This bread is delicate and sweet, with tart little cranberry presents wrapped in a silky Grand Marnier glaze…perfect for Christmas breakfast. I make it in three four-cup capacity loaf pans.

1 ½ cups unsalted butter, softened, plus more for buttering pan
1 ½ cups sugar
4 eggs
1 cup orange juice
1 cup sour cream
2 TBS freshly grated orange zest
2 tsp vanilla extract
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 TBS baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 ½ cups dried cranberries
2 cups powdered sugar
7 to 8 TBS Grand Marnier

Preheat oven to 330°F. Butter three 4-cup-capacity loaf pans (or two 6-cup-capacity or six 2-cup-capacity).

With an electric or standing mixer on medium speed, cream butter and sugar together in a large bowl until pale and fluffy, about three minutes. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each. Add orange juice, sour cream, orange zest and vanilla; mix well until blended.

In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Add flour mixture and cranberries to wet ingredients and mix just until dry ingredients are absorbed. Do not over mix. Pour batter into prepared loaf pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted into centers of breads comes out clean, between 60 to 70 minutes depending upon the size of the pan.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar and Gran Marnier. Glaze should have consistency of thick maple syrup. If it is too thick, thin with more Grand Marnier.

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. Let loaves cool completely, then slice and serve, or wrap and freeze.

About Chef Ro

I am executive chef of Barcellona Bites, a boutique catering and personal chef service in Folsom, CA. I am also a wife, mom of two college-aged daughters in the Pacific Northwest, yogi and animal lover. Please LIKE my facebook page for tasty recipes, helpful information and kitchen, cooking and lifestyle tips.
This entry was posted in Bread, Recipes and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Orange-Cranberry Bread with Grand Marnier Glaze

  1. Tes says:

    Wow this orange cranberry bread sounds really amazing and simple to make. I love that it sounds so warm and inviting. What a perfect recipe for the holiday!


I'd love to hear what you have to say:

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s