Friday, December 12, 2014

Cranberry Orange Pound Cake

I had a sample at Kneaders the other day and thought I'd try finding a recipe to recreate the yumminess. I tried several different recipes and this one comes pretty close! I used my new Demarle at Home charlotte mold - easy and I didn't have to worry about them sticking to my pans. YAY! I used a large ice cream scoop to divide the batter and did have a little left, so I baked that in a mini loaf pan.

-Modified from Sophistamom

1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature

4 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature

¾ cup sugar

zest of 1 orange
2 eggs

3 drops orange essential oil + 1 tsp. orange juice or 1 tsp. orange juice concentrate
1 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (use bread flour or Better for Bread flour if at high altitude)

¾ teaspoons baking powder

¾ teaspoons salt

1 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, roughly chopped or ¾ cup dried cranberries:
Place ¾ cup dried cranberries in a small bowl and pour boiling water over to cover. Let the cranberries hydrate for about 15 minutes. Drain and pat dry

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Place Demarle at Home charlotte mold on perforated baking sheet or butter and flour a medium size loaf pan, and set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter, cream cheese, and sugar. When mixer is light in color and fluffy, add in zest. With mixer on low, add in eggs, one at a time, incorporating well after each addition. Stir in orange oil.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. With the mixer on low, slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix until just incorporated. Fold in cranberries. Using a large ice cream scoop, divide batter into charlotte molds or pour into prepared loaf pan. Bake charlotte cakes for 25 minutes or loaf pan for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove from oven. Place cakes on a wire rack to cool. After about 5 minutes, remove cakes from pans, and let cool on the wire rack. While still warm, drizzle with orange glaze (recipe follows). Serve warm or at room temperature.

Orange Glaze
3/4 cup confectioner’s sugar

1 tablespoon melted butter

zest of 1 orange

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice

Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl. Add more juice or sugar to achieve desired consistency.

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