Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr
Bright flecks of apricot and cranberry peek through the crust of this hearty bread. Well wrapped, this bread will keep for a month or two in the freezer. A wrapped loaf atop a cutting board would make a thoughtful hostess gift. You can cut the amount of butter by 1/2 cup for a lower fat version; it will be a slightly drier yet still delicious bread.
- 1 1⁄2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (available in health-food stores)
- 1 1⁄4 cups uncooked old fashioned oats
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon ground cardamom
- 1 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1 1⁄2 cups unsalted butter, softened (sweet)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1⁄2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 2 cups chopped fresh cranberries
- 1 1⁄2 cups chopped dried apricots
- 1 grated orange, zest of
- 1 1⁄2 cups milk
- 1⁄2 cup fresh orange juice
- 1⁄4 cup sour cream
- Preheat the oven to 375°F Thoroughly oil TWO-9 1/4 by 5 1/4 inch loaf pans.
- In a large bowl, stir together the flours, oats, baking powder, cardamom, and allspice.
- In another large bowl, using an electric mixer fitted with the paddle, beat together the butter and sugars until combined. One at a time, beat in the eggs, scraping the side of the bowl occasionally. Mix in the cranberries, apricots, and grated orange peel. Beat in the milk, juice, and sour cream until combined. Add the flour mixture and mix just until blended.
- Divide the batter evenly between the pans, smoothing the surfaces. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center of each loaf comes out dry. Transfer the loaves in the pans to wire racks to cool for 5 minutes. Remove the loaves from the pans and cool completely. When the loaves are cold, store them in an airtight container at cool room temperature. This bread freezes well.
- The New American Farm Cookbook.
I'm absolutely lost as to how to rate this. I followed the recipe exactly (except cutting the cardamom to 2t) - the batter tasted amazing. However, when I pulled the bread out of the oven, it was literally SWIMMING in butter. I've been baking this bread for almost one and one half hours because the tester never came out clean with all that oil in there. Now, all that said....the batter tasted WONDERFUL.....the "cooked" product is way too greasy for me to taste the flavor of the bread....but based on the taste of the batter, I'll be trying this recipe again....but I'll be using only 1/2 c of butter.