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Hi everyone! I'm back again after a short hiatus (unplanned, of course). Our life has hit a few bumps along the way recently but I'm happy to report that we're finally settling into our new reality and our new home! I've shared with you before that our family recently made a move over the ocean from Canada to Romania and so the last few months have been, in a word, total chaos. Okay, that's two words, but you get the idea. It's been crazy, complete with sickness (food poisoning, bad flus, colds, and our daughter even spent a week in the hospital!) and other struggles, but we're in our new home now and we're spending lots of time unpacking and getting settled in.
For me, a big part of getting settled in is organizing my new kitchen and learning my new stove and oven. I've already burned a few things, but I guess that's all part of the process. The ingredients are very different here and I'm trying to maintain my North American style of cooking as much as possible with what I have access to here (although I may have just purchased a 2 kilogram bag of chocolate chips on Amazon...). It was sure fun getting to pick out a bunch of new kitchen items since I could only bring a handful of my favourites from Canada, and I'm definitely enjoying my brand new pots and pans and appliances - especially my brand new KitchenAid mixer (affiliate link)!
And of course part of breaking in my new kitchen is baking up a storm. I've made my famous Best Ever Banana Muffins several times already (seriously, they're the most popular recipe on my blog and have been pinned about 200,000 times!) and I've already tackled homemade bread with glorious results! Next up is definitely this Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Bread - I can hardly wait to make it again not only to eat it but because it makes the house smell AMAZING as it bakes! I'm excited to be sharing it with you today too, and I can't wait for all the deliciousness that's in store for us here on the blog from my new European kitchen!
Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Bread (makes one loaf)
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup quick or rolled oats
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup canola oil
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 1/4 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
a few orange slices for garnish (optional)
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Add the flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, sea salt and cinnamon to a large bowl and whisk until combined.
To a separate bowl, add the milk, canola oil, orange zest and eggs and whisk together until well combined.
Add the fresh or frozen cranberries to the flour mixture and toss very well to coat. Don't skip this step! Adding the fruit to the dry ingredients will help prevent them from sinking to the bottom of the loaf as it bakes. It will also make sure the batter isn't discoloured by any berries that aren't completely dry or may be releasing some of their juices before baking.
Add the milk mixture to the flour mixture and fold them together with a rubber spatula just until no streaks of flour remain.
Grease a large loaf pan with some butter or vegetable oil spray. I love to use my Misto Oil Sprayer (affiliate link) for this job since it gives you the flexibility of a conventional oil spray without all the harmful propellants they contain.
Pour the batter into the greased loaf pan and smooth out the top as much as you can. Place a few orange slices on top of the batter (if you wish) before baking.
Bake the loaf for 60-65 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, or until it's reached a delicious golden colour and a toothpick inserted into the loaf comes out clean.
Let the loaf cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before removing it to a wire rack to cool completely.
Enjoy with your favourite cup of coffee or tea for a delicious cool weather snack!
I hope you enjoy this recipe! Let me know in the comments below, what's your favourite quick bread recipe for fall?
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