Thursday, January 20, 2011

Cream Cheese Banana Cranberry Orange Bread

I cut this while it was warm, added some  butter . While this bread is tasty it's not my favorite.
I think the cream cheese and banana makes this heavier than I would prefer.

Fresh cranberries in season, or dried works fine... I used the whole bag!

3/4 cup butter, softened
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups bananas, mashed (about 1 1/4 lbs. or 4 medium)
1 cup pecans, chopped, toasted optional
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
1 cup of fresh or dried cranberries
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine cream cheese, sugar and butter mixing well. Blend in bananas and eggs. Add remaining ingredients; mix well until moistened. Pour into 2 greased and floured pans. Bake till toothpick is clean in the center, at least an hour or more depending on the size pan.

After bread is cooled if you would prefer a glaze this is the glaze to go with it, we like it plain.

1 cup powdered sugar
3 tablespoons orange juice, fresh
1 teaspoon orange rind, grated
Mix together and drizzle over bread.
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