Flavored with eggnog, cranberries and orange juice, this Holiday Eggnog Loaf Recipe is an excellent quick bread for your Holiday or Christmas entertaining.
Trivia:According to Wikipedia, the origin of eggnog is open to debate, although most agree it came from England
Holiday Eggnog Loaf Recipe
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1 1/2 cups of dried cranberries
3 cups of flour and some additional for flouring
4 teaspoons of baking powder
1/3 cup of sugar
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, ground
2 or three teaspoons of orange zest
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup of refrigerated butter
1 1/4 cups of eggnog
1/4 cup orange juice
icing sugar for dusting
Soak your cranberries in water for half an hour or so. Drain.
Place parchment paper or waxed paper over a baking sheet.
Mix all the dry ingredients, including sugar and the grated orange zest, together in a bowl.
Using either your fingers or a pastry blender
, cut the cold butter into the dry ingredients.
Add the cranberries, eggnog and orange juice to the batter and mix to form a loose dough.
Use a little additional flour to flour a work surface. Place your dough on this floured surface and shape it into a ball. Knead it a little. Cut this ball of dough into two pieces and with your hand, roll each piece into an oval or oblong shape. Your loaves should be about eight inches long and about three inches wide.
Place these two Christmas eggnog loaves onto the baking sheet, placing them at least four inches apart.
Brush the tops of the loaves with the egg that you have beaten. Bake for approximately 45 minutes or a little longer. When the loaves are ready, they should spring back when you touch them lightly in the middle.
Cool and dust with icing sugar.
Your Holiday eggnog loaf is a lovely snack for brunches, afternoon tea or evening get-togethers.