Here is a quick little recipe that ends up feeding a crowd. This Cranberry Chocolate Chip Tea Bread is quick to make (no mixer needed!), not too sweet and delightful for a snack or breakfast. It’s also festive and seasonal for this time of year! Note that you can halve this recipe is you only need one big loaf (or two smaller loaves).
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups orange juice
1 teaspoon orange extract
2 tablespoons orange zest
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups whole fresh cranberries, coarsely chopped
1 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350F. Spray two 9×5 inch (or 4 8×4 inch) loaf pans with cooking spray.
Sift together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a large bowl, using a whisk or a fork until well blended. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, orange juice and zest, vanilla extract, orange extract, and melted butter. Pour wet ingredients into the flour mixture and stir just until blended – do not over mix. Gently fold in cranberries and chocolate chips.
Pour batter evenly between the two (or 4) baking pans. Bake for about 50-60 minutes. Your breads are done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Cool on wire rack completely before slicing.