One of my favorite books is Martha Stewart's Holiday Handbook. Why? Well, i LOVE the holidays and I LOVE Marth! One of the recipes that caught my attention was Cranberry Orange Tea Cakes, which I thought is the PERFECT way to start the holiday baking! The only change I made was substituting pecans for walnuts. OMG I'm SO amazed by how yummy these are!
Ingredients: (8 mini loaves)
1/2 c (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 c sugar
1 Tbsp orange zest
3/4 c heavy cream
2 Tbsp orange juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 c flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 c fresh cranberries
1/2 c pecans, chopped
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray mini loaf pan with cooking spray.
Cream together butter, sugar and orange zest until fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
In a large measuring cup, stir together the heavy cream, orange juice and vanilla. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Beat flour mixture into the butter mixture in 3 additions, alternating with cream mixture. Gently fold in the cranberries and pecans.
Divide batter among pans and smooth the tops. Bake until the cakes are golden and a toothpick inserted into the center omes out clean, about 20 minutes.