Gluten Free Cranberry Orange Loaf

Gluten free Cranberry and Orange Loaf | The Baking Beauties

This Gluten free Cranberry and Orange Loaf is good. This loaf is so good, my gluten-eating family devours it, even though it is gluten free. The tartness of the fresh cranberries, the crunch of the pecans, and the fantastic orange flavour that comes through, should definitely send you to the supermarket to get the ingredients. You will not be disappointed! I haven’t tried making these into muffins yet, but I think they’d work well for that too.

Gluten free Cranberry and Orange Loaf | The Baking Beauties

Gluten Free Cranberry Orange Loaf
  • 1 1/2 cups featherlight flour mix (see note)
  • 1/2 cup sorghum flour
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1/2 taespoon baking soda
  • 2 taespoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest (I did from one orange)
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup margarine, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
For Glaze (optional):
  • Zest of 1/2 orange
  • 2-3 Tbsp orange juice
  • enough icing sugar to make a slightly thick pourable icing
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour (with sweet rice flour) a 9x5 loaf pan.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flours, xanthan gum, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir in orange zest, cranberries and pecans. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together margarine, sugar and egg until smooth. Stir in orange juice. Beat in flour mixture until just moistened. Pour into prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 50-60 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the bread springs back when lightly touched. Let stand 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire cooling rack.
  5. Once cooled, top with the glaze (optional), let dry, and wrap in plastic wrap.
The featherlight flour mix that I use is from Bette Hagman. It is as follows: 3 cups rice flour, 3 cups tapioca starch, 3 cups cornstarch, 3 tablespoons potato flour.


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31 Responses to Gluten Free Cranberry Orange Loaf

  1. Inky November 5, 2009 at 2:42 pm #

    this looks delicious and cannot wait to try it. I will have to use the egg replacer as my son's GF who has the Celiac cannot have eggs either

    I love the flours you chose. I am new at this GF and beginning to learn .. TY so much

  2. Susan November 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm #

    I must say your cranberry orange loaf looks great..I bet it was very tasty..wish you lived closer so I would come over for a cup of coffee and a nice thick slice of this loaf..

  3. Jenn/CinnamonQuill November 5, 2009 at 6:43 pm #

    One of the best combinations ever! This looks like it turned out perfectly!

  4. Lauren November 5, 2009 at 7:05 pm #

    Delicious flavours! This bread sounds fantastic – I can see why it disappears fast =D.

  5. CDM November 5, 2009 at 7:07 pm #

    oh, this is most definitely going on the holiday baking list! Looks delicious!

  6. Ruth's Photo Blog November 5, 2009 at 8:56 pm #

    This looks delicious.Can one use regular flour instead?

  7. Jeanine November 6, 2009 at 10:39 am #

    Inky, you will want to try this one, trust me! Thanks so much for the kind comments, when you start out GF, it is a bit overwhelming, but you'll get the hang of it in no time!

    Mom…I still have a loaf, you're welcome to join me! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Ruth, you can most certainly use regular flour. You're to use 2 cups of all purpose flour, and only 1 1/2 tsp of baking powder, and no xanthan gum either. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. Chocolaty Lifestyle November 6, 2009 at 1:06 pm #

    What a great recipe! I guess the combination of oranges and cranberries is excellent! :)

  9. betty r November 6, 2009 at 5:47 pm #

    I am amazed at your photos Jeanine..they are so rich in color and just pops the food right off the screen..that last part? well I sure wish it would pop right off in to my hands. Kidding aside..looks sooo delicious!!

  10. Amy @ Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free November 8, 2009 at 11:13 pm #

    I am with everyone else – the photo is like something out of a magazine. You have a real eye for what looks good.

    I love the recipe – perfect for fall. Have you found that the featherlight mix really helps you achieve a lighter product? That has been my experience. My struggle is always between going for the lighter loaf or the healthier flours. It depends on my end-goal – for daily things I go for healthier and for treats I use the lighter blends.

  11. Amanda November 10, 2009 at 12:02 am #

    WOW! Your pictures are amazing!

  12. charlotte mgcc November 16, 2009 at 9:59 am #

    what a picture perfect loaf…….l am amazed at your beautiful photos and that you put such an effort into this gluten free site.
    i myself can have gluten but i have loved ones in my life that can't, so i am assured that i can come here to check out great recipes to make special for my guests…….to bad my stuff never looks as fab as yours…:^)

  13. Anonymous November 17, 2009 at 2:37 am #

    i just found your site and it is a "sight" for sore eyes. literally. i have spent hours looking for recipes that are gluten-free and sound yummy at the same time. my soon to be daughter-in-law has celiac disease and i am so excited to have options. am especially looking forward to trying the french bread. thank you and keep up the wonderful work!!

  14. Coconut Recipes November 27, 2009 at 9:26 pm #

    Looks delicious!

  15. Alexa November 29, 2009 at 9:36 am #

    Beautiful pictures Jeanine! And the recipe looks delicious–a must try.

  16. Iris December 3, 2009 at 12:20 am #

    I'm not really a cranberry loaf kind of person, but these pictures look so good it makes me want to try it!

  17. melissa December 14, 2009 at 7:13 am #

    What a wonderful page. I would love to talk about your blog on my blog. im sure there are alot of momthers out there looking for glueten free recipes. I would love to follow and i could use some more followers as well. so feel free to visit my site
    and follow me too :) and I will definatly tell people about yours :) take care

  18. Kathy December 18, 2009 at 3:39 am #

    That looks very tasty. I will give this one a try. Thanks!

  19. Anonymous January 2, 2010 at 9:29 am #

    Thankyou so much, this recipe is brilliant. Ihave ben celiac 1year now and this is the best cake recipe I have tasted with the sourness of the cranberries with the sweetness of the orange – wonderful. Could you do a top ten of recipes you must try when new to gf as it can be overwhelming which recipes to have a go at. Ta

  20. Anonymous January 2, 2010 at 9:33 am #

    p.s from last comment this recipe turned out so well I took a photo! how sad! ha ha

  21. comfycook January 2, 2010 at 6:37 pm #

    There are some flavors that just get better together and you put them into this loaf. I think, hubby would love these.

  22. Jeanine January 6, 2010 at 3:11 pm #

    Thanks everyone for the comments on this recipe. makes me smile, cause this pic was taken at the new house, so it will be possible for me to get decent pics here (in the afternoon, at least. Evenings, not so great yet).
    Interesting information on the featherlight mix vs. healthier flours too. What do you use for healthier/every day goods? Do you have a preblended mix for that?

  23. Jeanine January 6, 2010 at 3:34 pm #

    Love that others are taking pics of their food. Awesome! :)

    Great idea on doing a top 10 too…but it'll be hard to figure out which were the favorites…I'll see what I can do. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  24. Viagra Online September 13, 2010 at 4:20 pm #

    I really think that this is a recipe that everyone will be very charmed at home, I am so happy to eat some pieces of this delicious cake.

  25. Ellen February 12, 2012 at 7:15 pm #

    Made these today and they were WONDERFUL…..I did make them as muffins. Skipped the glaze and topped with turbinado sugar instead. I also used Bob’s Red Mill GF mix instead of yours since I had no tapioca flour. Turned out excellent….will make again and again and again…. :-)

    • Jeanine February 15, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

      Sounds fantastic! Muffins are a great idea, much easier to take along. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  26. Alison | a girl defloured November 21, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

    Just popped this in my oven. The batter tastes amazing. Happy Thanksgiving! PS Your biscuits are the best ever too. xo

  27. Claire March 29, 2013 at 8:07 am #

    You think the cranberries could be replaced with another fruit, as I dont have access to fresh craberries where I live.

    • Jeanine March 29, 2013 at 8:49 am #

      I think you could, I’ve never tried it, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work.

  28. Eunice December 25, 2013 at 9:33 am #

    This is as close to the taste of my late mother’s cranberry bread as I have tasted in many years, especially since I had to go gluten-free. Thank You!


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