White Chocolate Cranberry Bread with Cream Cheese Frosting

A decadent tea bread speckled with tart cranberries, crystallized ginger and white chocolate chips. If that’s not enough to thoroughly entice you then maybe the rich cream cheese frosting slathered generously over top, will.

When you bake fresh cranberries most of their overwhelming tartness is subdued leaving a sweet berry behind. The same goes for the zingy candied ginger too, the sharpness mellows out allowing a wonderful sweet and subtly spicy flavor to shine through.

If any intense flavors do remain they are tempered by the sweetness of white chocolate chips and cream cheese frosting creating a perfect balance of deliciousness, all working together in perfect harmony. Tempting and irresistible.

If you happen to have a rare bag of cranberries left from the holidays or kicking around in your freezer this is a worthy way of using them! If not, you can substitute chopped dried cranberries, although you probably want to cut down on the amount a bit. Blueberries would also be good.

White Chocolate Cranberry Bread with Cream Cheese Frosting

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

 White Chocolate Cranberry Bread with Cream Cheese Frosting

A decadent tea bread speckled with tart cranberries, crystallized ginger and white chocolate chips with a rich cream cheese frosting slathered over top.

INGREDIENTS:

1/4 cup canola oil, plus more for pan
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup sour cream or plain low-fat yogurt
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup cranberries, fresh or frozen (not thawed)
1/4 cup crystallized ginger, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup white chocolate chips
frosting:
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 cups confectioners' sugar, plus more if needed
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup dried cranberries, chopped

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil and flour a standard loaf pan. On a baking sheet with side spread the oats out and toast about 10 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool and then pulse them in a food processor until finely ground. Add the oats to a large mixing bowl along with flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; stir together.
  2. In a separate bowl whisk sour cream, oil, eggs and vanilla together until just combined. In the center of the dry ingredients make a well and pour in the wet ingredients. Mix by hand until just combined. Stir in cranberries, ginger and chocolate chips.
  3. Add the batter to the prepared pan and smooth out the top. Bake about 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from center. If the bread is browning too quickly place a piece of aluminum foil loosely over top. Remove pan to wire rack to cool 15 minutes then turn out and continue cooling on wire rack before frosting.
  4. frosting:
  5. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer beat together the butter and cream cheese. With the mixer on low speed, add the powdered sugar a cup at a time until smooth and creamy. Beat in the vanilla extract. Continue beating on low speed 3-4 minutes until smooth and fluffy. Frost cake and sprinkle a handful of chopped dried cranberries over top if desired. Store cake in refrigerator.

Notes:

Adapted from Whole Living

http://www.cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com/cranberry-ginger-bread-with-cream-cheese-frosting/

Comments

  1. Anonymous says

    This makes me think of cranberry bliss bars in bread form. Sounds like a delicious recipe!

  2. Maggie says

    This recipe will surprise you – well, it surprised me – I had my doubts about the flavor combination – but the ginger/cran/white chocolate combo works just fine. Not a whole lot of oil or sugar for those calorie counters among us. I took a short cut with the oatmeal – toasted it in the oven, then ground it in a tall glass using my immersion blender – had to cover it with a tea towel to keep the crumbs contained, but a whole lot easier than dragging out the food processor.

    One final note – I did not make the icing and the loaf tastes perfect on its own.

  3. Louanne says

    I bought my first 2 bags of cranberries last Saturday – this is the perfect recipe for my first fresh cranberry dessert of fall!

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