December baking- Lemon Cranberry Loaf

This delightful loaf looks Christmasy with the red from the cranberries and is a great hostess gift. I am making this for my kids’ teachers this year.

I use a cup of whole wheat flour in this easy to make recipe, to give it a heartier texture.  The loaf freezes well and can be made ahead. The lemon glaze is optional, but it does give the loaf and extra nice touch.  If you are making a small batch and need something extra to make with the cream, the scones are a good recipe to make next. (See scones recipe)

This recipe can be doubled to make a few gifts at one time.  It is great with a cup of coffee or tea on a cold winter day. I personally like to heat a slice up in the microwave for a few seconds and have a warm treat.

Wrapped in wax paper and covered in red plastic wrap makes this gift, one from the heart.



1 cup butter

1 1/2 cup sugar

finely grated zest of 1 lemon

4 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 tablespoon lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 cup plain flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 3/4 cup light cream

1/2 cup cranberries


1. Using an electric mixer, combine butter, lemon zest and sugar. Mix until butter becomes white and creamy (about 4 minutes)

2. Reduce the speed on the mixer to low and add eggs, one at a time, beating in between.

3. Next add vanilla, lemon juice, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix.

4. Alternate adding the flour and the light cream, mixing in between.

5. Lastly add the cranberries and give a final mix. Do not overmix at this point.

6. Pour mixture into loaf pans that have been buttered. This recipe makes 3 loaves, with a little extra for some cupcakes for my family to enjoy hot from the oven.

7. Bake at 350 F for about 40 minutes, until a toothpick or cake tester comes out clean.

I made a quick lemon glaze by mixing 2/3 cups of icing sugar, 1 tsp of lemon zest and 1 tablespoon of icing sugar and then drizzled it over two of the loafs.

I wrapped up the cake in wax paper followed by some wrapping paper.

The loaves are ready for delivery tomorrow.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Rav
    Dec 13, 2011 @ 22:10:20

    Looks great! The wrapper is really the icing on the cake.


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