I like oranges a much as the next person, but I think I’m a little scarred from all the fake orange flavored medicines I had as a kid. That dislike transferred into the orange lolipops, orange drinks, pretty much anything orange flavored I started avoiding because it was just too close. This was the first orange flavored anything I’ve made in my adult life and guys … I am freaking obsessed with it.
I put this bread out at our New Years Eve party for our guests, but I’m pretty sure I kept sneaking away and ate almost all of it myself. Is this what I’ve been missing my whole life? Why did no one tell me this?
This is a spin on my standard banana bread recipe that is a crowd pleaser all on its own. Something about the wintery flavors of citrus and cranberry bring a whole new life to this bread. Plus, this is a one bowl dessert that’s relatively low in sugar, so it checks every box.
I just toss everything into my food processor, but a blender or bowl with mixer also work perfectly. Here’s the recipe:
4 ripe bananas
2 cups flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup white sugar + 1 tablespoon for topping
3 tsp vanilla
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup fresh cranberries
juice of one orange, plus 1 tablespoon zest (save another tablespoon zest for the topping)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Hold back the cranberries, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and 1 tablespoon on orange zest. Mix the rest in a processor or with your electric mixer. If adding the cranberries to the processor, simply pop in for about 10 seconds toward the end so they’re chopped but not liquefied. If popping into a bowl with a hand mixer, you can chop the cranberries in half or roughly into quarters before mixing in. Mix everything up and pop into an oiled baking pan – you can use an 8×8, or 7×11.
Once your batter is poured in, even out the top with a silicone spatula, and then sprinkle your orange zest and tablespoon of sugar on top. This makes a perfect crisp on top, while the inside stays incredibly moist. Bake at 350 degrees for 60 -65 minutes. Let cool and serve.