cranberry orange mini loaves

For a month next spring I will be traveling with 26 of my classmates to the Dominican Republic to do physical therapy service work.  I am incredibly excited for this opportunity to serve, and cannot wait to use the knowledge and skills I have learned in the past couple of years to give back to people in need.  After the excitement of deciding to go on the service trip died down, the logistics of how much it was going to cost each of us set in.  The group of us formed fundraising committees to think of ways to raise money to help with our trip expenses.  I signed up for the bake sale committee (shocking, I know).  

We were having a hard time figuring out a location for our bake sale, as one on campus during the summer didn’t seem like it would be very successful, and we were rejected by a few other of our top choices.  I contacted the farmers market on a whim to see if we could set up a stand for one weekend, but I wasn’t too hopeful because I figured that a lot of health regulations go into selling food at the market.  I was contacted on Wednesday night by the farmers market and was informed that they would have a spot for us that Saturday.  My first reaction was “Yay!” and then my second thought was “How in the world am I going to get this organized in two days?!”  

Luckily I have a great group of peers who were willing to pitch in to the bake sale in every way possible.  We had people baking, lending tables and tents, and we even had a little baking party on Friday afternoon to whip up tons of goodies.  One of the things made for the bake were these cranberry orange mini loaves, made by Miss Ashley.  Remember her?  She told me what she wanted to make, I found the recipe, and simply watched her as she mixed and whisked and put these mini loaves together.  They turned out so good!  They were moist, dense, and I absolutely loved the orange citrusy flavor.  

They were also huge hit at the bake sale, and how cute are the mini cardboard loaf pans?  They can also be made into muffins, but I had these one-time use loaf pans and thought the bake sale would be a perfect opportunity to use them.  These muffins/mini loaves would be great for breakfast or a snack, and are sure to please a crowd.  

Cranberry Orange Mini Loaves
adapted from Obsessed with Baking

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs
zest of one orange
4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup dried cranberries


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.  Set aside.

In large bowl, whisk together the sugar, eggs, and orange zest until light and fluffy.  Whisk in the melted butter and oil.  Add the buttermilk and vanilla, and whisk until combined.  Using a wooden spoon or spatula, fold in the cranberries.

Add the flour  mixture to the wet ingredients, and stir until just combined.  Don’t over mix!  It will still be lumpy.

Using a spoon, divide the batter among 12 muffin cups (I used mini loaves, which made less than 12).  The muffin cups should be about 3/4 full. 

Bake in preheated oven for 16 to 18 minutes.  Let cool.  

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  1. says

    What an awesome idea to raise money! I’m so glad the Farmer’s Market let you host a spot. I would have totally grabbed up one of these cranberry orange loaves…amazing.


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