Spongy bread is particularly good because it comes from a family recipe which has been tried and tested through the years. It has a sweet dense texture almost like a cake but slices perfectly after cooling for a long enough period of time. Once the bread is done, serve sliced or just bite off chunks of the mini loaves. No matter the way you slice it, it’s going to be delicious.
Cranberry Orange Bread Recipe
- 1/2 cup Silk Unsweetened Cashew milk or Unsweetened Vanilla Almond milk
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1 tbsp orange zest (from about 1 large orange)
- 1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (from about 1 large orange)
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
- 2 cups fresh cranberries, plus more for sprinkling
Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour the pan, set aside. In a medium bowl add the milk and stir to combine, set aside for about 10 minutes. This will cause the milk to curdle a bit so that it resembles and acts like buttermilk. Next to a large bowl, add the egg, oil, sugars, orange zest (zest the orange before juicing it), orange juice, vanilla extract, and whisk to combine. Pour the milk and whisk to combine. Put the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and stir to combine. Add the cranberries and stir to combine.
Turn batter out into prepared pan, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula and pushing it into corners and sides as necessary. Evenly sprinkle a few cranberries over the top. Bake for about 70 minutes. Bread is done when the top is set in the center, domed, springy to the touch. Gently press down on the top of the cake with a fingertip and if the cake feels spongy and springs back then it’s done. Baking times will vary based on oven and climate variances, how moist the cranberries are, etc. Allow bread to cool in pan for about 20 minutes before turning out on a wire rack to cool completely.
You can bread also freezes well for several months, so if you want to make some loaves ahead of time and put them in the freezer, you can give them away as gifts during the holiday season.