I’ve somehow done it, y’all. I’ve somehow managed to wear myself out on pumpkin for a bit. I don’t know how, I don’t know when, and I really don’t like it. But… at least in the meantime while I recuperate, I can play around with cranberries now!
I don’t know about the rest of the country, but here in Austin Texas… the allergies are killing everyone right now. ‘Tis the season, I guess. So while I’m a little under the weather (pun intended) and my throat is aching, I thought it would be a nice time to make a fluffy warm breakfast bread.
Baking therapy anyone?
Out of all things bake-able, bread has to be one of the couple of things that I’m more comfortable with. Banana bread, pumpkin bread, poppyseed bread… You name it, I’ve bread-ed it. Well… except for this.
‘Cranberry Bliss’ is one of those things that has been made popular by the coffee giant, Starbucks. I’ve made a version of their cranberry bliss bars before… but when I saw the idea for turning into bread… I. Was. Sold.
This bread is based off the bars. It’s loaded with cranberries, white chocolate chips, and even some candied ginger for a little kick of spice. The bread itself is light and fluffy, and reminds me a lot of my poppyseed bread (which is still one of my all-time favorites.)
If you can’t think of what to make for breakfast for the upcoming holidays, this bread will be a real winner. It’s family easy to make and is SURE to impress friends and family. Plus, it would make a great gift idea too!
TheSkinnyFork.com Cranberries, white chocolate, and candied ginger can be found baked right into this delicious Skinny Cranberry Bliss Bread. It's light, fluffy, and perfect for the holidays! Prep Time: 15 Minutes • Cook Time: 55 Minutes
Servings: 8 • Serving Size: 1 Slice • Calories: 374 • Fat: 15 g • Saturated Fat: 9 g • Carb: 117 g • Fiber: 1 g • Protein: 5 g • Sugar: 36 g • Sodium: 238 mg
• 1 C. All-Purpose Flour
• 1/2 C. Whole Wheat White Flour
• 1/4 Tsp. Baking Soda
• 1/4 Tsp. Baking Powder
• 1/2 Tsp. Sea Salt
• 1 Stick (8 Tbsp.) Light Butter
• 1/2 C. Sugar
• 1/2 C. Natural Sweetener
• 2 Whole Large Eggs
• 1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
• 1/2 C. Reduced-Fat Milk
• 1/2 C. Dried Cranberries 'No Sugar Added'
• 1/4 C. White Chocolate Chips
• 1/4 C. Candied/Crystalized Ginger, Chopped
• 2 C. Confectioners' Sugar Substitute
• 1 Tsp. Vanilla Bean Paste
• 3 Tbsp. Reduced-Fat Milk
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. and lightly coat the inside of a 9x5” baking pan with non-stick baking spray, and some parchment too for easy removal (if desired!)
In a medium bowl, whisk together the 1 C. flour, 1/2 C. whole wheat white flour, 1/4 Tsp. baking soda, 1/4 Tsp. baking powder, and 1/2 Tsp. salt; set aside.
In a large bowl, or the base of a stand mixer, beat together the 1 stick of light butter with the 1/2 C. sugar, and 1/2 C. natural sweetener until light and fluffy.
Add in the 2 eggs, one at a time to combine, followed by the 1 Tsp. vanilla.
Carefully stir in the flour mixture and the mix mixture, alternating between the two. (Add in half of the milk to the butter/sugar mixture, followed by half of the dry mixture, then the remaining milk, and the last of the dry ingredients.)
Fold in the 1/2 C. cranberries, 1/4 C. white chocolate chips, and 1/4 C. candied ginger.
Spread the mixture into the prepared pan and place it into the oven to bake for about 55 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
NOTE: If the top of the bread starts to brown too much, cover lightly with a piece of foil as needed.
Once done, remove the bread from the oven to cool.
While the bread is cooling, mix together the 2 C. confectioners’ sugar, 1 Tsp. vanilla, and about 3 Tbsp. milk to get the frosting to a thick but spreadable consistency.
When the bread has cooled COMPLETELY, spread the frosting on the top and sprinkle with any additional cranberries, white chocolate chips, or candied ginger as desired.
Allow the icing to set for about an hour to harden before slicing and serving to enjoy right away or store in an air-tight container in the fridge!
Nutritional Claims: Low Potassium • Kidney Friendly • Pescatarian • Peanut Free • Tree Nut Free • Fish Free • Shellfish Free • Pork Free • Red Meat Free • Crustacean Free • Celery Free • Mustard Free • Sesame Free • Lupine Free • Mollusk Free • Alcohol Free • Kosher